Leica S2 Preliminary Observations

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From Luminous landscape:

Let me say right off the bat that this is one sweet camera system. In fact I found the simplicity and elegance of the design highly appealing. The body handles and is sized much like a top-of-the-line DSLR, though the sensor is some 60% larger than full-frame 35mm. The top panel OLED screen is eye candy, and the rear LCD with its programmable soft buttons appeared clear, logically presented, and very much to my taste.

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Jamie Ziobro Photography

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From Jamie Ziobro Photography:

I shoot film with Leica M 35mm cameras. Until I find a camera that works as well, unobtrusively, and that captures images with a resolution greater than what can be made with a high resolution drum scanner from a film source, I will continue to shoot film. In my mind, the chemical reaction of light being locked into film, a four-dimensional moment in spacetime becoming a two-dimensional piece of acetate, makes my camera a hand-held time machine in many ways. In this digital age, you never know whether an image you see is an accurate and true representation of reality. But I can show you the original transparency of any image on this website, and I guarantee that it is as I saw it and how it is represented here.

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Sebastiao Salgado: A Conversation | Leica Rumors

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From Sebastiao Salgado: A Conversation | Leica Rumors:

Who is Sebastiao Salgado? I will just say that his Leica M7 camera set is currently selling on ebay for US $130,680.00:

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Leica to open its first official store in London | Leica Rumors

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Helen Levitt Captured Perfect Moments, Unnoticed : NPR

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And she talked some about walking around the streets of New York and how she could capture those moments unnoticed.

“I had attached to my camera — I had a little device that fit on the Leica camera that they called a winkelsucher, which meant that you could look one way and take the picture the other,” she said. “You could turn your camera sideways.”

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1st LOOK AT THE NEW LEICA NOCTILUX 0.95 and 24 Summilux COURTESY OF MUSIC ARTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER SEAL

As I sit there, dreaming of this new Noctilux, I get an e-mail from none other than SEAL. Not only is he an accomplished music artist with a career spanning almost 20 years (his new CD “SOUL” is brilliant), but he is also a talented photographer who is lucky enough to own some of the best glass in the world, including the new Noctilux as well as the Leica 24 1.4 Summilux.

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Leica D-Lux 4 firmware 1.20 released | Leica Rumors

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Leica Wants to Make a Full Frame Rangefinder | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

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Those of you holding out for a full-frame M series Leica may be in luck

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We're Just Sayin: Closing the Circle

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by David Burnett

We had been lingering on the edge of battle in this small village when a droning noise came out of the distance. Two A-1 Skyraider planes, with Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) markings started circling Trang Bang. After a couple of passes they began diving towards the village. I had finished the first roll of film in my Leica III, and had started to reload. The planes came in, lumbering along as they do, and dropped big canisters of napalm. Moments later there was a fiery explosion, and a large fireball erupted on the edge of the village near a pagoda, followed by billows of dark smoke. I was still struggling to slide the Tri-x into my Leica, with one eye watching the planes and one on the camera. The planes made a couple of passes, the film still resisting to go into that narrow loading slot on the Leica. Then, all of a sudden everything changed.

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Shooting the new Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH – David Farkas Photography Blog

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Christian asked me on the first day of the show if I’d be interested in taking the 18mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH and 24mm Summilux-M ASPH out for a night to do some testing. I asked if I’d be able to post samples and the answer was, “Absolutely. Go see Justin and he’ll set you up.” This is what we call an offer you can’t refuse.

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Leica ceases R-series production: Digital Photography Review

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Leica R (body + lenses) sold out | Leica Rumors

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New M8 and M8.2 firmware coming out tomorrow | Leica Rumors

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Epson's R-D1x digital Rangefinder locates our analog hearts – Engadget

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There’s something undeniably sexy, romantic even, about modern digital rangefinders.

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Tom Arndt: Main Street photographer

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For more than 40 years Tom Arndt has trained his Leica MP on his fellow Minnesotans at work and play, especially at the State Fair, in small-town diners, parades and high school gyms. He loves fireworks and the fair’s midway, threshing crews, cabbies, commuters, construction workers, cars with tailfins and kids on bikes.

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