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I have an opportunity to buy at pretty close to the same price, and in the same excellent condition, either a 1980 Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 (black) or a ten year old, six-bit coded Summicron-M 50mm f/2 (black). From Erwin Puts' write up, the older Summilux 50 should render much like my 1972 Summilux 35 does, my all time favorite Leica 35mm lens. And the Summicron will have the modern look that works so well in my Summarit-M 75. I like both ... but which one to choose is a puzzle. They're both clean and include caps and hoods (built-in on the Summicron); the Summicron also includes original box and such. I'd want to have the Summilux six-bit-coded. Briefly, which would you choose and why? thanks in advance!
Hello everyone! I am a film noob (photography noob too), and I am expecting my first ever film Leica M to arrive tomorrow. It's a M6 "classic." I haven't used film since ... the 1990's. My film camera back then was a fixed lens, fixed focus, point and shoot that I paid either $10 or $20 for at Walgreens. I am trying to figure out which type of film works for which type of lighting situation. On my digital M (and any other digital camera that I've used), I just dial in the proper ISO to get the desired shutter speed at a given aperture. For film, it would appear that I can't really do that. Once you put in a roll of film, you are stuck with it until you are finished using the roll. Obviously, for sunny days, I want to shoot with a low ISO film so that I can shoot the lens wide open. But for indoor use, would 400 be sufficient? Or should I move to 800? On the M9, even in low light conditions at night, I can stick the M9 in ISO2500, leave the lens wide open at f1.4, and still get 1/6" exposure. Can such a thing be done with film? I've read people talking about "pulling" and "pushing" film. What does that mean and how is it accomplished? Any help you can provide is deeply appreciated. Thank you very much. -Armanius