A couple months ago I purchased a Leica Mini 35mm.
I had decided I wanted a simple 35mm point and shoot and had a collection of film from AnalogHeld to try out.
I managed to get my hands on a great condition Leica Mini complete with original case and instructions.
Over the course of the second lockdown in November, I took the Mini with me on my walks and used it for various shots.
I decided to try it in a number of situations. Landscapes. At home. Natural light. Using the flash.
All which seemed to work pretty well.
There was a little light leak on the side of some of the shots but I am not sure if this is due to the camera or the Fuji Superia X-tra I had loaded. This was an expired film so the light leak may be because of this.
I enjoyed shooting the Leica Mini and have the second roll of film in it (and nearly finished it) from AnalogHeld. This time Cirafilm 800 which I have been using to capture Christmas lights and ambient light. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.
Here’s a selection of the Fujifilm Superia X-tra photos:
The Leica Mini is easy to use with minimal control or controls! I have a couple times switched it off when shooting as the power button is next to the shutter button!
The flash is set to automatic when the camera is switched on so you have to remember to turn it off when you don’t want it.
Focussing is straightforward with the bright viewfinder and the camera works out the shutter speed and aperture.
I have enjoyed the Leica Mini so much I have decided to sell my Rollei 35 as I don’t need two small 35mm cameras.
The Mini is a bit plastic and oddly has a clear lens cover but as long as you’re careful and watch where you out your fingers, you’ll be fine.
I think I found a real gem with the Leica Mini and it’s great for throwing in my pocket and grabbing a shot when the mood takes me.