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.

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.

April – Monochrome A Day

Slowly catching up on updating my Monochrome A Day photo project.

May, June & July will be posted soon.

Images are so much better than a whole bunch of text.  ENJOY.

March – A Monochrome Day

I am way past due on updating my Monochrome A Day photo project but I’ve not stopped shooting. There’s nothing like shooting in black & white … well actually shooting black & white film is the purest way but I still enjoy shooting on the monochrome setting in the camera.

More to come …


February – A Monochrome Day

February Picture – A – Day … 7 months strong. It has been a change looking though waiting for that right image to document in monochrome. There’s nothing like shooting in black & white.

More to come …

January – A Monochrome Day

January Picture – A – Day. Some days are easier to come up with a shot than other days.  I generally purposefully find a shot to shoot in black & white rather than just take a picture and change it later in Photoshop. Since starting in August, I’m going 6 months strong.

A Monochrome a day …


mon·o·chrome  mänəˌkrōm
noun: monochrome; plural noun: monochromes
A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

I’ve been a life long analog (film) shooter. Ninety percent of the film I shoot is black and white. I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated shooting in black and white. There is something about seeing an image and visualizing it in bw. Since moving to shooting digital, I’ve lost some of that sense of visualizing the image in bw. I never lost it but shooting so much in digital (color) it was not part of my daily routine. It’s been about 3-4 years now that I’ve seriously gotten back into shooting bw film.

I’ve had several personal year long projects the last few years where I shoot with my collection of analog cameras with film. In my collection I have many 35mm, several medium format, 2 4×5 Graflex’s and a 5×7 1908 Seneca camera. I won’t go very far without an analog camera.

What I’m doing is not a new thing I know, but I recently combined my love of shooting in bw with my daily routine of shooting with a digital camera. Each and every day I intentionally look for an image to shoot in monochrome, I go into the menu setting on my camera, Photo Shooting Menu, Set Picture Control, MC Monochrome and create the image.

I’ve been hesitant to announce or post this blog, but I’ve been shooting nearly three months straight & I’ve been getting some fun shots. Most of my posts will be on Instagram & Twitter, it’s a little easier BUT here are a few images …


Please let me know your comments on my newest project A Monochrome a day.

Yashica Electro 35 GT – review

Yashica Electro 35 GT

I can’t believe the month of shooting with this rangefinder has come to an end.  It was a fun month of shooting, easy, but fun since the GT is an aperture priority camera.  I’m a big fan of shooting with minimum depth of field but typically with a 35mm SLR camera not a rangefinder.  It was a little harder shooting (trusting my focus) at f/1.7 or f/2 with the Yashica rangefinder.  I put 3 rolls of film through the GT this month, 36exp, 24exp & 32exp.  The first roll was Arista EDU Ultra 400 36exp.  The second roll was an old roll of Kodak 400 24exp and The last roll was bulk rolled Arista EDU Ultra 400, that’s why it was only 32 exposures.

The Yashica Electro 35 GT was released in 1969 with a full black body paint instead of the satin chrome finish like the other Yashica Electro 35’s in the series.
At the time of this post, I have not processed any of the film I shot. I will follow up with a selection of images from each of the 3 rolls.

Yashica Electro 35 GT 1

Clean travel case with strap.

Yashica Electro 35 GT 2

Yashica Electro 35 GT 5

ISO/ASA selector slow & over shutter speed indicator shutter lock

Yashica Electro 35 GT 4

Yashinon-DX 45mm lens f1.7 – f/16 with minimum focus distance at 2.6 ft

Yashica Electro 35 GT 3

Aperture priority f/1.7 – f/16 mechanical self-timer

Yashica Electro 35 GT 7

Battery Check indicator (5.6 volt, currently using a DIY built battery)

Yashica Electro 35 GT 6

Film wind up real  & hot shoe

As a reminder … #12cameras12months is the project I’m currently working on where I I’ve selected 12 cameras from my collection and I shoot with 1 camera every day for a month. I’ve not done so well with my reviews or follow ups … but I have been consistent in shooting every day with my cameras in the project. It has been fun & challenging … shooting with film is always fun! I’m super excited to announce the camera I’ll be shooting in April. April will be fun! Check my Instagram for the reveal!

February / Yashica D – 12 Months 12 Cameras

The Yashica D is a medium square (2 ¼ x 2 ¼) format, film TLR (twin lens Reflex) camera manufactured in the 1970’s. I don’t want to bore you with the details & the in’s & out’s of the camera. A great source to find details about the camera is: http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Yashica-D & you check out a Yashica D manual here: http://www.cameramanuals.org/yashica_pdf/yashica_d.pdf

It’s been a fun month shooting with the Yashica D. I shot 3 rolls of film but have yet to process any of the rolls from this month. The camera & leather case is in excellent condition! The camera is fairly easy to use if you know your way around a camera but there is a little learning curve on a TLR. I don’t shoot with TLR’s regularly so the first thing I had to remember every time I wanted to take a picture was to advance the film or else I would double expose the image … and that happened a few times at the beginning.

You cannot be in a hurry when taking pictures with a Yashica TLR because you have to focus through the waist level finder and the image is inverted, so that takes some getting used to. There is not a meter in the Yashica D, so I had two methods of metering, one was to use the meter APP on my iPhone or two, take a picture on my Nikon D4 and transfer the shutter speed and aperture on the Yashica.

I very much enjoyed carrying the camera around and finding the one shot I wanted to take each day as part of my 12 cameras 12 months project. This is a camera I will continue to go back to because (even though I have not processed the film from this month) I know this camera gives quality results!