1. The genre has been practiced by many people over the years and is still attracting new practioners. My photography got in a low spot a while ago and, from an artistic perspective, rather than working, I needed inspiration to carry on. So, up popped street photography. Initially, I dug out my old Leica 111 from 1935 and put a 35mm F3.5 lens on it. I perfected a technique of keeping it wound on, but prefocused at 10 feet – 3 metres – and looked for my shot while walking. As soon as I saw it, up to my eye, click and carried on walking having lowered it again. No-one took any notice of me. I used Tri-X with 500 shutter speed to freeze movements. Of course I had to meter first. Now I have a pair of Leica R8 black bodies with 28-35-50-90-135-180 lenses and the 35-70 F3.5 zoom. The 28 is great for zone focus as it’s no focus at all. I use the R8 cameras on Program with Matrix metering. So using the 28 removes the need to focus meaning my bodies are really rather sophisticated point-and-shoot cameras. The 28 and 50 are quite light, however, my 35 is f2 and rather heavy. So I keep this one on a Leicaflex SL body. Film is still Tri- X. I can use colour filters now as the on-board meter reads through them. No more working out filter factors with logarithmic progression. Some folks don’t like the R8. However, I feel that far from being the “hunchback of Solms “ it’s actually the year 2000 Leica. A few Christmases ago, my boyfriend bought me a Leica 1a black camera, 1930. Still in good working condition and the pinnacle of my collection. I’ve photographed it alongside one of my original Leicaflex bodies and an R8 as the main picture for an upcoming article for a photographic magazine.

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