PMA 2009 is nearly two weeks away, there aren’t any news from Leica front so far; but super wide shooters get your wallet ready, the French has posted a preview of an upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar.
Over my career, so far, I guess I have bought, or been supplied from my employers , about 30 cameras. Some I remember well, some I don’t. One camera I do clearly remember was my first Leica M series. I bought an M3 with a 28mm Elmarit lens in a small hole in the wall camera store on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong in 1975 for what I thought was a king’s ransom of $550-usd.
Using his Leica like a shotgun fired from chest level, the wide angle of his lens gathered information wholesale as he navigated the crowds attempting to work without notice. Usually zeroing in on one or two subjects within his direct path, the photos also collected information on the periphery that often prove more interesting and unexpected.
Does the LEICA S2 live up to the high level of expectations built up around a high-end professional system? The potential of the S2 was tested under real conditions in a fashion shooting. The advertising and fashion photographer Robert Grischek spent a whole day working with the new Leica digital system, the new LEICA SUMMARIT-S 1:2,5 / 70 mm ASPH. CS and the LEICA APO-ELMAR-S 1:3,5 / 180 mm CS in tough studio conditions.
I think this is the most expensive lens in the world: the LEICA APO-TELYT-R 1:5.6/1600mm is worth 16 million HKD (2,064,489 USD)
Even after playing with the Leica S2 for just under an hour, we can say with some authority that it’s one of the most beautifully designed cameras we’ve ever touched. And this is saying a lot for Leica which already has a storied reputation for creating simple, elegant, and highly functional camera bodies
We imagine that there won’t be many other bells and whistles, but really, who needs them? Once the exposure and focus are set, everything else about a RAW image can be tweaked in post. The price? Seriously, don’t ask. You’re sure? OK. €30,000 for the body, which translates to $45,000.
This introduction, however, stands alone, and Leica’s making some pretty remarkably bold statements about its new S-system. The first device to take advantage is the 37-frickin’-megapixel S2, which sits between Canon’s EOS 5D and EOS 1Ds MkIII in terms of body size. The company designed the camera to provide “the quality of medium format and the handling and flexibility of 35mm,” and the outfit also has nine S-system lenses on tap. As for expectations? Leica says it’ll perform “twice as fast as Hasselblad H-series cameras,” and if that wasn’t straight-up enough, the firm’s David Bell proclaimed that “[Leica] thinks it has the best professional camera system in the world with this.”
Leica Camera AG’s employment dispute with fired Chief Executive Steven Lee brings to light the venerable German company’s troubles moving into the digital age.
The quirky company, which helped create modern photography in the early 20th century, stuck too long with film technology and now faces mounting losses and sinking sales.
Leica D-Lux 4
Described as, the “Son of M8″ and looking neat in an all-black metal finish, the 10MP D-Lux 4 comes with a 1/1.63″ CCD image sensor, 3.0″ 460k pixel LCD monitor and wide angle zoom covering 24 to 60mm (35mm format) offering a bright f2 aperture, reducing to f2.8 at full zoom.
Pre-Photokina 2008: Leica has launched an updated version of its M8 digital rangefinder camera. The M8.2 features the same body as the M8, but includes the previously optional upgrades announced at PMA in January 2008. These include a low vibration, extra quiet focal plane shutter with the option to re-cock the shutter at a more convenient moment. The camera body also sports a new vulcanite finish and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal cover glass for LCD protection.
An unnamed “French Magazine” has published pictures of a rather spectacular new Leica lens, the Noctilux 50mm ƒ0.95 ASPH (the ASPH means Aspherical, which is a good thing). It will be officially announced at this month’s Photokina show.
Auction of the First Digital LEICA M8 Closed with Highest Bid of 24,000 Euro
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Leica has announced that it will offer the last 100 Noctilux-M 50mm f/1 rangefinder lenses in a limited-edition package.
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I have used three different M8’s over the past year in Iraq. The first M8 was a loaner given to me by Leica in the spring of 2007. My second M8 I purchased new in September of 2007. The third was given to me as a replacement when the second M8 malfunctioned.
I will try to make this review as comprehensive as possible with samples of the work I have done with the three M8’s that I have used. This will allow others a detailed look at my experiences with the M8, most of which have been negative. Please keep in mind that there are many other photographers who like the M8.
I have no axe to grind against Lecia–quite the opposite. I have made my living with Leica’s for most of the past 20 years; I depend on them. I still have several Leica M’s with which I shoot film on a daily basis
Here’s an antidote for today’s inevitable Apple overdose, and a tale of a fetish older and more noble than the Cult of Mac. This is the Leica M3 Prototype No.0034, one of 65 made in 1952-53.
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