I was meeting a friend downtown Toronto this morning for a coffee and decided to spend a couple hours on Bloor Street shooting whatever I saw. I'm tired, or maybe bored of carrying an SLR style camera, they're heavy and the zoom lens is so big, so I grabbed the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder and put a roll of Delta 400 black and white film in it.
I don't shoot much on the street, in fact, I would say I never shoot on the street, so I learned a few things today.
First, I wasn't ready in time. I took the train into Toronto and put a couple boxes of film into a Billingham Hadley bag, along with the camera and some extras. I planned to set the camera up on the train, load the film, put on the filter, and attach the wrist strap. Well the first picture I missed was while waiting for the train, well before I was ready.
I loaded Delta 400 film and set the ISO at 125. Over exposed, but I find the meter in the camera a bit red sensitive and was planning to use the B+W040 orange filter to darken the sky... and expected the meter to under expose.... so I use the ISO 125 setting.
I also attached a wrist strap instead of a neck strap. It worked better today than in the past and I think the reason was I attached it to the side of the camera away from the shutter release. This way I don't have to grip the camera with the strap in my hand. It worked better this way.
The lens was the Zeiss Biogon 35mm f2. I only brought along one lens. The 35mm is a classic choice and many photographers have created successful images with it. The Zeiss has a more realist price point than the Leica version, and the quality is outstanding.
Overall I was pleased with how the shooting went and will add a few images as I get them printed.
There were a couple images that might have been better with a 28mm, so maybe I'll drag that along next time instead of the 35mm.
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