Leica M2 / 12 Cameras 12 Months

12 Cameras 12 Months

It’s been a fun journey so far this round of my 12 Months 12 Cameras project.

I’ve not blog nearly like I was hoping, documenting my journey, but nonetheless, I’ve been shooting away each month with my cameras.

I’ve shot with and have owned a variety of cameras brands over the years, but up until recently I’d never shot with much less held a Leica. It was a little more than a year ago that I acquired a Leica M2. The Leica M2 is a 35mm rangefinder camera with completely all mechanical functions. It’s a fun camera to shoot with. There is a standard Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on the camera.

Leica’s are very unique and well balanced but very simple to use if you know your way around 35mm cameras. There is a little learning curve loading film into the camera, I had to google it and watch a youtube video to load film the first time.

There is no internal light meter in the camera. I generally have my Nikon DSLR or iPhone with me so it’s easy to get the correct exposure on my DSLR and then translate it to my Leica. Years ago I found a really nice light meter for the iPhone APP (Pocket Light Meter) and it seams to be really accurate.  

There was no camera strap with the camera. I did some research on camera straps and decided what I wanted and went to Xenia Shoe and Leather in Xenia and had a camera strap custom made.

I will follow up with some samples after getting images back.

May 2019 – #monochromeaday

Another successful month of shooting a monochrome image a day. Follow me on IG @scotthuckphoto to view my images.

March – 12 Cameras 12 Months

I’ve been delinquent posting on the blog about my camera project. January & February flew by very quickly. I’ll follow up with the Mamiya ZM & the Canonet QL17 G-III.

The Ansco Speedex has been a longtime favorite camera in my collection. There’s several reasons to make it a favorite … the biggest is that the Ansco shoots 120 film, specifically 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 square w 12 images. I like that the camera folds compact for easy storing in a camera bag or jacket pocket. Then finally, the ease of use also makes it a favorite. The Ansco is fully manual with no battery and I do need to use a light meter. I can shoot in nearly any lighting condition even though the shutter speed setting only goes to 1/300th, I can go down to f/32 on the aperture.

It’s such a fun camera to use, I look forward to adding a few examples as soon as I process the film.

6 Days & 1045 miles

Spring Break 2019 – 6 days, 1045 miles & 24 images.

I had the opportunity to go along with Dr. John Whitmore and six Cedarville University geology students on a spring break petrology class trip out west to Anza Borrego Desert & Death Valley National Park.

On our flight out west, Dr. Whitmore prepares for our week out west.
Lake Havasu
Ramsey Mine, outside of Quartzsite, Arizona
Sunday morning devotions at Canyon Sin Nombre outcrops
Canyon Sin Nombre
Anza Borrego, Fish Creek Wash
Taking sand grain samples at the barchan dunes near the Salton Sea.
some sand dune jumping …
Dr. Roberto Biaggi from Argentina, showing the student a variety of stromatolites.
CU alum Sarah Maithel, showing students one of the geology labs at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Whitmore giving a short geology class at Dante’s View in Death Valley.
Zabriskie Point, Badlands viewpoint in Death Valley.
Badwater Basin, 282ft below sea level. Dr. Whitmore looks on as the
students check to see if it’s really salty.
Dr. Whitmore and students discuss Devils Golf Course in Death Valley.
Storm clouds followed us to the Stovepipe Wells campground in Death Valley.
We found a little friend at our Stovepipe Wells campsite.
We woke up to nearly an inch of rain
Before leaving Death Valley National Park, we went to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
Can’t leave Death Valley without one last group photo. It was a good week.

12 Cameras 12 Months

A new photo project for 2019! “12 Cameras 12 Months”, each month I’ll feature / shoot a different analog camera. Back in 2016 I did a similar project with a different selection of cameras. Many of these cameras I’ve acquired over the last 2 years or have not been featured in the past project. I picked a wide range of cameras, 35mm, medium format, and two Polaroids.

Mamiya ZM

Leica M3

Nikkormat

Bronica

Grover 5×7

Polaroid sx-70

Minox

Ansco Speedex

Canonet QL17 G-III

Polaroid 180

Nikon FM

Yashica C

Question: What camera do you have in this collection and what do you like about it and what do you not like about it?