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Fuji is the Leica of the new Millennium | Bill Palmer

So why do I say that Fuji is the 21st Century Leica? What is it about the X Series that makes it so much better? It’s a combination of factors, some organisational, some technological and some related to what I shall for the moment refer to as „momentum“. Let me explore five reasons that I believe explains where Leica have gone wrong and Fuji have gone right. 1. Fuji makes reliable cameras. Yes, I know Fuji has their moments—“orbs“ in the X10, sticky aperture blades in the X100, even the recent configuration settings amnesia in the new X-Pro2—but they deal with their occasional wobbles openly, promptly, courteously and with the minimum of inconvenience to their user community…..

Source: Fuji is the Leica of the new Millennium | Bill Palmer

Why I (Still) Love Leica | Leicaphilia

In a world where most manufacturers have abandoned all-metal construction and favor automated assembly, Leica M bodies and lenses continue to push the envelope of supremely compact, superbly constructed, photographic tools. Their newest optical offerings, the 24/1.4 and 28/1.4, continue the tradition of cost-is-no-object over-the-top excellence for which Leica is known. You have to pay through the nose for it, yes, but a Leica product is always going to be as good as it gets; certainly its never going to be just average, or worse, mediocre. Leica’s philosophy of cost-is-no-object excellence may not be compatible with your wallet, but it’s consistent with its history, where no compromise excellence has always been the guiding principle……..

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Fabio Bucciarelli – The Dream | LFI Blog

Many people suffer, but some suffer more than others.

Freedom and democracy, the end of a dictatorship and hope for the future are the reasons at the root of many revolutions. Revolutions are fierce processes that force millions of people to leave their homeland. Revolutions are also slow processes, so much so, that people end up forgetting the reasons why they even started; and, as soon as they are over, as soon as the interest of the media vanishes, they not only leave death and destruction behind, but also a huge number of people, casualties of a war they never wanted…….

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New Leica M – with a focus on the functions essential for photography |
Leica AG

Since the launch of the rangefinder system in 1954, Leica M cameras have been valued by many photographers as the perfect tool for capturing the fascination of a moment discreetly, quietly and spontaneously. We began writing a new digital chapter in the success story of the M-Camera – then analogue in 2006. Today, it is the Leica M (Type 262) that embodies the M-Philosophy in its purest form: with a focus on the functions essential for photography combined with clear and intuitive handling, it is one of the most compact, full-frame system cameras available, and offers you access to lenses acknowledged as being the best in the world. It is the essence of M-Photography. The perfect camera for experiencing the fascination of the M in its purest form……..

Source: en.leica-camera.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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Designing the Leica Q | Vincent Laine

Q: How did you come to work for Leica and what is your exact job title?
A: It all started when I designed and published a future design concept for Leica during spare time in university. The project got a lot of exposure in forums and social media online, this is how I finally got in contact with Leica. Later I came to Solms for a visit and to present my portfolio for Product Management and after the meeting I got the opportunity to do my Master Thesis at Leica. After spending a couple months in Solms we all realized the Product Management could benefit from having an in-house designer, a while later I signed the contract. My official job title is Industrial Designer……..

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Leica Q

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Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on |
Damien Demolder

Leica’s new Monochrom M camera brings the black-and-white-only concept up to date and into line with the technological advantages of the latest M (Typ 240) and M-P cameras. The main changes in Leica’s latest M-series models are a switch from the previous CCDs to 24MP CMOS sensors, and thus the introduction of live view, a new buffer to speed the processing along and a much better rear screen. With modern Leicas you have to look pretty closely to know which one is in front of you. The M Monochrom (Typ 246) has been designed very much in the style of the latest M models, with the distinctive curved corners and a very solid build. As expected, the top deck and base plates are machined from solid blocks of brass, while the body is made from magnesium alloy. The top-plate is free of any embellishment, and there isn’t a red dot to be seen anywhere – or even a Leica logo – so the camera is very low-profile and designed not to stand out. The chrome black finish is nicely matte too, and contributes to the overall understated concept. The only written clue to the exact model you’re holding is the word ‚Monochrom‘ etched in black into the black hotshoe guides……..

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Leica M Monochrom

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Leica 28mm Summilux f1.4 Aspherical | Jonathan Slack

In 2008 Leica surprised the world by releasing the 21mm and 24mm f1.4 Summilux Aspherical lenses and in 2010 they announced the 35mm Summilux FLE (floating Element). So there has been an expectation for some time that there would be a 28 Summilux to complete the picture. In 2014 they produced a special edition stainless steel lens (101 were produced to celebrate 100 years since Oskar Barnack produced the first prototype of a 35mm camera). The expectation was that a series lens would soon follow, and finally it has. I had a prototype lens to test in April 2013 (when the picture above was taken). Sean Reid also had a prototype in early 2014 and has made a report on his site ReidReviews on May 22nd – you can click on the link to look at his detailed images. I returned the prototype last summer, but was lucky enough to be able to buy a lens a little early, and I’ve been shooting with this early serial lens since March. Some of the images shown here may be familiar  as I’ve been allowed to release them over the last month or so. For many photographers the Leica 28mm f2 Summicron Aspherical is a favorite lens, but personally I’ve always found it slightly uninspiring, whilst the 28m f2.8 elmarit is a fantastic lens – tiny and incredibly sharp, but of course it’s only f2.8. I wasn’t sure whether I actually needed the extra speed, but I’ve found that the quality of the lens wide open is rather seductive…….

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Leica M-P 240

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The Cult Of The Leica Camera | Esquire

The camera arrives in a thin, brown cardboard box. Inside the box is another box, also cardboard, but this time shiny silver with a small red dot on the side. One opens the top and the sides fall away in unison, like a Buster Keaton film set, only to reveal yet another box, this one black with hidden magnetic clasps. Open this and there is, of course, another box, grey and black this time, with that red dot again, and within this – finally – is a block of aluminium that has been polished by hand for 45 minutes (you can see a film of this on YouTube that’s called “The Most Boring Ad Ever Made?” ). Inside this aluminium block is 100 years of German engineering, and when you hold it in your hands you may unaccountably feel, as I did with all that cardboard detritus happily discarded around me, that you are holding the weighty sum of human worth…….

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Leica M-P 240

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The Leica Mystique – The M9 and M240 | Blogarithms

Ultimately, it’s really all about the lenses. Other than the least expensive ones (which are still very expensive for us mere mortals) they’re gorgeous. Probably the best lenses you can buy. As far as the bodies, would you like to build your next home with nothing but gold-plated hand tools? Then a Leica could be the camera for you. The M9 body was released in September 2009 and was (I think) the first full-frame mirrorless digital camera, an honor it held for three years. Feature wise, the M9 is very unimpressive by today’s standards. The design is retro/minimalist. Focus is manual only. Aperture is manual only. (No shutter-priority mode.)  There’s no built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), just a rangefinder. And the rangefinder doesn’t even have a diopter adjustment. (External diopter lenses are available.) The rangefinder covers a maximum angle-of-view that matches a 28mm lens. If you want to shoot wider than 28mm, you need to stick an external rangefinder into the hot shoe. When new, the M9 body was priced at US$7,995. You can buy one used these days for about US$4,500. The M9-P model was released in 2012 with not much more than cosmetic differences. The rear LCD glass is improved and they removed all brand markings (“M9″ and the Leica red dot) from the front of the camera……..

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Leica M Type 240

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A day with a Leica Master | Chris Bilodeau

It’s not often that you get to spend time with a true master.  I heard about Youxin Ye online from pretty much everyone on the planet that is somehow connected to Leica cameras.  Just ask anyone who the best person to repair such a fine instrument is and you will probably hear Mr. Ye’s name.  He has a reputation for doing such amazing work.  So, when I had the opportunity to sit at his workbench for 4 hours this week, I was pretty excited.  I am a Leica nut and always wanted to know how a Leica M3 worked.  Well, I got to learn from a master. A Leica M3 is quite possibly the greatest camera in history.  Like a fine Rolex watch, it is beautifully functional.  It is completely mechanical and born of brass and alloy.  There are no batteries.  There is nothing but gears, glass and metal…engineered by the finest craftsmen beginning in 1954.  It would only make sense that it be restored by another fine craftsman today……

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Leica M-P 240

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