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Postby drmoss_ca » Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:46 pm

It's been a rough couple of weeks but I got back behind a camera today. Has anyone any experience with the way a battery fails in an MP? The meter was a bit strange today—flashing back and forth between one thing and another. The film, XP2, was exposed at my usual ISO200, and developed in my usual regime of 1:100 Rodinal. But there were whited out negs and black ones, along with a very few decent ones. I've changed the battery in case that was the problem and I'll try again tomorrow, weather permitting.
For those who might be curious, the Leica MP is a film rangefinder with a purely mechanical shutter (the M7 has an electronic, battery dependent shutter), a meter which requires a working battery as noted above, but the metering is all manual; no aperture priority as in the M7. Rumour has it they receive a little extra love in the factory and all the brass gears inside are polished a bit brighter so they work even more smoothly than the M7s. I don't think it is true.

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Re: Leica MP

Postby CMur12 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:22 am

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Chris.

Those are some really good examples of B&W, by the way. I like them.

I get kind of lost when we get to Leica models past the M5. Is the MP like an M6, which I understand to have a mechanical shutter and built-in meter, also?

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Re: Leica MP

Postby drmoss_ca » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:05 am

Pretty much like the M6, but with the old fashioned knurled knob for rewinding instead of a crank. I prefer that kind of rewind as there is less to break when compared to the crank.

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Re: Leica MP

Postby CMur12 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 1:26 pm

Thanks for the explanation and the illustration, Chris. I didn't realize that Leica had ever reintroduced the knurled-knob rewind after the M4.

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Re: Leica MP

Postby drmoss_ca » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:00 pm

Here's a couple from today, XP2 @200 and developed in Diafine. Both Leica MP, Lux 35ASPH and X1 scans.

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Re: Leica MP

Postby drmoss_ca » Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:39 am

MP, Macro-Elmar M 90/Summarit 35, Fuji Superia 400, Unicolor Presskit in the motorised Rondinax, Hasselblad X1 scans:

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Re: Leica MP

Postby Squire » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:43 am

Chris you keep this up I'm gonna run out of superlatives.
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Re: Leica MP

Postby brothers » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:33 pm

I like the clarity. Thanks for bringing it.
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