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Photo walk: Mayfair with Fuji Neopan 400 and the Leica M6

Been working since last Sunday and off to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona tomorrow, but I did manage to shoot a couple of rolls of Fuji Neopan 400 last Saturday and get them in the soup that evening.

Yours truly with the M6

Yours truly with the M6

I find it as punchy as the Kodak Tri-x I tried before, with a nicer grain structure. However, it seems much less forgiving of exposure, and any shots that were slightly under came out pretty flat.

As for the Leica, well it’s a learning process and I am still very slow. Setting the exposure for every shot is a bit of a pain and makes me wonder whether I should have plumped for the M7, which has aperture priority auto, instead. But I like the mechanical shutter of the M6 and everything else about it, so we’ll see how it goes.

Mayfair’s a nice part of town if you haven’t tried it out. Wedged between Park Lane, Picadilly, Oxford St and Regent St, it’s quiet at weekends because many of the shops are extremely high end and don’t bother to open. It has no real through roads, apart from maybe New Bond Street, so you can weave your way through and discover new corners. It’s also home to the Leica Store, on Bruton Place, if you’re interested :) If you get bored, you’re only a few blocks from the heaving crowds and shops of Oxford St.

Next I am giving colour a go – so expect some Kodak Portra 400 shots, but that will take more time to turn around as I don’t have the chemicals or the time for colour processing at home.

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2 thoughts on “Photo walk: Mayfair with Fuji Neopan 400 and the Leica M6

    • Hi Paul – thanks for the tip. Using Infosol at the moment which seems okay but a lot of film shooters seem to settle on Rodinal from what I can tell.

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