What’s new on LEICA INSIDER? | Thomas Menk


The otherwise quaint town – The Leica Camera Blog

Holi, a festival of love and colors, where people forget all their worries and just immerse themselves in colors and celebrate the carnival of love. This festival is celebrated in almost every state of India but I chose to drown myself in this festival at the town of Vrindavan, the town of Barsana & Nandgaon, the place where Holi originated and is celebrated in a very unique way which is called “Lathmaar” Holi. Popular belief is that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha’s town on this day and playfully teased her and her friends taking offense at this, the women of Barsana chased him away. Since then, men from Krishna’s village, Nandgaon visit Barsana to play Holi in the town which is believed to be the only place in India to have Radha’s temple. These villages are so quaint and calm the rest of the year but these three days in a year generate exuberance and electrifying atmosphere…….

Source: The otherwise quaint town – The Leica Camera Blog

Meet The New Screenless Leica M-D – Bokeh by DigitalRev

The new Leica M-D (Typ 262) has been unveiled only containing what Leica have determined as the most important features in a camera. It’s the first of the M-Series without an LCD screen. The company is calling the camera “a step back to the future” and with the tag line ‘the joy of anticipation’, the Leica M-D will force photographers to focus on the essentials of photography. Digital photography gives users the ability to immediately replay and see every photo on the camera. Photographers can check focus, lighting, and simply if it is a good photo. The downside to this is the constant desire to check each photo you have taken and, in the process, miss priceless moments while the camera was away from your face……..

Source: Meet The New Screenless Leica M-D – Bokeh by DigitalRev

Leica M9 und Leica M(240) – ein Vergleich der Unvergleichbaren | Mark Kujath

Die Leica M9 und auch die Leica M (Modell 240) sind wenn wir ehrlich sind zwei alte Kameras, die beide nicht mehr so recht auf dem Stand der Technik sind – die M9 besonders ist es nicht. Ich werde hier auch nicht auf technische Spezifikationen eingehen, sondern eher darauf, was die beiden so ähnlich aussehenden Kameras so unterschiedlich macht. Prinzipiell ist es so, dass das Leica M System den Fotografen erstmal wieder ganz weit zurück versetzt in die klassische Fotografie. Man stellt selber scharf, es gibt einen Messsucher und keine hunderte Vollautomatik-Funktionen, sondern man ist quasi gezwungen, sich mit dem Bild auseinanderzusetzen. Genau aus diesen Gründen, und weil man sich bewusst genau darauf einlassen möchte, wählt man eine Leica aus der M Familie – und natürlich auch, weil es einfach eine schier unglaubliche, wenngleich nur schwer zu durchschauende, Objektivauswahl gibt – alles zusammen ergibt dann bei den Bildern diesen unerklärlichen „Leica-Look“, den man lieben oder hassen kann – ich liebe ihn……

Source: Leica M9 und Leica M(240) – ein Vergleich der Unvergleichbaren @ markkujath | photography.

Leica M – The Full Review | DIY Photography

It was early in 2014, long enough after the introduction of the Leica M (also known as the ‘Typ 240’, or ‘M10’) when I finally bit the bullet and decided to sell my trusty Leica M-E for this newest, rather different digital rangefinder camera from the German niche camera maker. I always vowed I’d write a thorough review on it, much like I’d done for the Bessaflex TM. I do always feel, however, that a truly great review puts a product through its paces. It frustrates me when a journalist only gets to use a product for a short amount of time to deliver a rushed impression to an inquisitive reader. I didn’t want to be that guy. So, I ditched a few drafts in the last two and a half years. Until now……..

Source: Leica M – The Full Review – DIY Photography

Leica Lens Buying Guide | Stuck in Customs

Why did I get into Leica Lenses?This is a very personal journey for me. If this is your first time to the site, you’ll see I only actually review stuff that I use on a regular basis. Life’s too short, otherwise. So you won’t see hundreds of different Leica lenses here, so the mega Leica nerds will be sad… You’ll just see what I consider the best (with several pricing options).I got into Leica lenses because I bought one of the Sony a7 cameras. The Sony a7 series of cameras offer a full-frame sensor which can be coupled with lenses from most any manufacturer. Leica has a long tradition of quality — EXTREME quality. Leica lenses come in many flavors, and many of them are nice and small to fit with your new (or potential new?) mirrorless lifestyle……

Source: Leica Lens Buying Guide | Stuck in Customs

Leica – A Journey Through the Sahara | Jody MacDonald

Earlier this year I was asked by Leica to take their new Leica X-U shockproof, weatherproof outdoor camera on an adventure. I ended up in Mauritania. I have a particular fascination with the Sahara desert and I have always wanted to hop onboard Mauritania’s iron ore train. As I began researching this unique country I became more intrigued. Not a lot of people go here and even more have never even heard of the country which is astounding considering it’s twice the size of France and takes up a large portion of north western Africa. The vast desert, the nomads, the shipwreck graveyards, no people, this was my kind of place. I thought it would not only be a unique adventure but one that could really put the Leica X-U to the test. So the adventure began.

Source: Leica – A Journey Through the Sahara | Jody MacDonald Photography

How It’s Made: The $10,000 Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 | Leica AG


Every Leica lens is hand-crafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect. In the age where technology almost inevitably means mass manufacturing, Leica products are still made with exacting precision by the hands of highly-trained technicians. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship and making of Leica lenses in the production facilities of Leica Camera AG…….

Source: https://vimeo.com/26251829

A Guide to Mastering Manual Focus | Lukasz Palka

Have you ever cursed your camera for missing that special moment in the streets? Do you ever struggle to get the subject quickly in focus before the fleeting moment is lost forever in the aether? Well then why not try manual focus? My name is Lukasz Palka, and I’m a Tokyo photographer working for EYExploreTokyo. Below is a guide to a few key focus techniques that can help you capture the decisive moment and master the art of manual focusing. Before we can look at the benefits of manual focus, we first have to discuss the use of prime lenses. The reason prime lenses have become a staple of street photographers is simple: speed. Without the need to select a focal length, and forcing yourself to work with one field of view (FOV), you can drastically reduce the time necessary for framing the subject……..

Source: A Guide to Mastering Manual Focus

# 14 FRANK JACKSON, Los Angeles Street Photographer | Leica Liker

Leica Liker is honored to have Frank Jackson, a Los Angeles Street Photographer as our #14 guest. Also Leica Liker’s fourth published photographer! Many of you might know of Frank Jackson already but to those who don’t, he lives and breathes by light. His work first caught my eye when I was roaming the internet for black and white photographs. Then a photographer friend of mine told me about a black and white workshop that was being taught through Samy’s Camera education academy here in Los Angeles. I took the class and walked out of it having learnt not to be afraid of light but rather to embrace it. I always found photography somewhat intimidating because everything seemed so technical. Frank made it user friendly by showing how even a home lamp can be used to make amazing photographs. It’s all about how you view light. Maybe because he taught himself everything. Whatever it is, he had the “midas” teaching touch. He was a total inspiration. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the great photos I could make……

Source: # 14 FRANK JACKSON, Los Angeles Street Photographer | Leica Liker

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