From Berlin, with Leica

Our first trip with the Leica M3, Summicron 50mm and some rolls of Fomapan.

It took a while, but I finally got some time to really stretch the Leica’s legs after I gave her a proper Summicron lens. Toying around with the Jupiter-12 was fun, but Soviet-era glass can’t compete with proper German Leica optics. So when Marrit and I were planning our trip to Berlin this spring I figured I’d bring the M3 and a few rolls of Fomapan 400 black and white film. Take a look at some highlights from the shots!

We arrived at the Ostbahnhof station in east-Berlin.
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As we walked over to the hotel we saw a tagged van that completely encapsulated that Berlin feel for me.
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Street art is everywhere in Berlin, especially on the Eastern side. Keeping it real.
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A quick pic of the Spree riverside. The Spree winds down through the city and gives ample room for official and unofficial riverside seating.
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The Holocaust memorial is incredibly impressive. Words can’t really describe it, you have to go there and see it, walk through it, feel it, to understand.
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There’s street buskers everywhere, and this one was having a grand time amusing the kids with soap bubbles glinting in the sunlight.
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For a first trip with the Leica I’d say the results are not too shabby. She does deserve better film than the Fomapan though; I’ll start running some HP5 and Portra through next to see what I can achieve with that.

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