As I posted earlier today the Leica M6 has arrived. It is in like new condition and will be ready to shoot once I get the batteries for the meter tomorrow.
This has been quite an adventure and a great learning process. I wanted to give you all some specific figures in case you would like to try your hand at shooting film.
Here is what it initially cost me to begin this process:
Yashica Electro 35 Camera- $51.99 (Ebay includes shipping)
(2) Camera batteries- $23.08 (Walgreens)
DVD/CD player- $82.95 (Bought this from Apple as my Macbook Pro doesn’t have one. Needed it to download the CD’s)
(4) rolls of Arista Premium ISO 400- $18.55 (includes shipping)
Processing for the 4 rolls- $60 (includes shipping)
There is a good chance your computer already has a player for the CD’s so that would drop the expense quite a bit to $153.62.
So to try four rolls of film, including processing the negatives and putting them on CD, you would be at $153.62. I think this is reasonable to try out something new. My goal was to see if I liked the process and results- I do.
If you want to try the Ilford you can even buy a little disposable camera loaded with it. There are many ways to try film if you want to.
Next up will be shooting a roll with the M6 and a Leica 35 2.5 Summarit lens. It will probably take a while as I will be more choosy about what I am taking pics of. I have a project I am working on so some of the pics will be saved for that. More about that to come in the future.
I hope this has been informative for you all. For me personally, I am trying to expand my horizons this year. This is all part of that process. If you haven’t had a chance to read Part 5 of this series please do and don’t forget to vote in the poll at the bottom of the post.