This year, the legendary Leica camera turns 100. Exactly 100 years ago, Oskar Barnack’s workshop journal listed “Liliput camera for cine film completed”. And this camera shaped the history of the 20th-century photography. Leica’s birthday celebration includes a range of content. It starts with the video about the history of Leica and its inventor Oskar Barnack, and there’s plenty more for all the Leica lovers to watch, read, and buy.
You know that film cameras are perfect for storing memories. Now, this Leica M3 tin replica box will store, well, other stuff. This little tin box is made after the iconic Leica M3 and resembles the camera in size and looks (size-wise that means 138mm x 71mm x 77mm).
Only instead of having optics and mechanics, it is completely hollow. That makes the box perfect for storing pencils, general desktop mess, and best of all, film canisters.
Despite doing everything possible to kill off analogue photography, Fuji have done wonders for instant film. The trend has seen a resurgence in recent years, becoming extremely popular. This has not gone unnoticed, especially by Leica.
Leica have now announced that they’re producing their own instant film camera, the SOFORT (German for “instant”). IT is being released with both colour and “warm shade of cream” monochrome film packs. It’s an interesting move for Leica, I think. It’s certainly very different from their other offerings. Leica say that the SOFORT differs from other instant cameras in a several key aspects.
Imagine if every time you bought a new camera, you broke a world record. That’s what happens to Dilish Parekh, owner of the largest collection of stills cameras in the world. He currently owns around 4500 cameras, icnluding Leica, Canon, Nikon, Zeiss, Kodak, Linhof, Rolleiflex and much more.
In this three and a half minute video, we’re introduced to Dilish and his vast collection of cameras. He started collecting cameras around 1970 when his grandfather would give him them as gifts. Featuring cameras made between 1890-1960, he entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 with a mere 2634 cameras. His collection has since grown to almost double.
Panasonic have announced a new ultra fast, wide lens built for professional daily use. The Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras seems built to meet the needs of demanding photographers and filmmakers who need maximum resolution and low light performance.
Giving the equivalent field of view as that of a 24mm lens on a full frame DSLR, the fast f/1.4 aperture lets in a lot of light for shooting in darker conditions, and also offers a very shallow depth of field for more cinematic environmental portrait shots.
Brand new unopened cameras are not uncommon on eBay, and usually aren’t that big a deal, unless that camera is something like a military issue Leica Leitz KE-7A. With a price tag of $45,300, it’s certainly aimed at a very special type of collector.
According to the eBay listing description, the Leica KE-7A was produced in both military and civilian models, but the military issues can be distinguished by having FSN (Federal Stock Number), Cont. (contract designation), and U.S. (United States) markings.
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.
If you’ve been waiting to see what Leica has up its sleeve, the wait is over. New images and details have leaked showing off the yet-to-be-announced Leica M-D Typ 262, a digital rangefinder that lacks an LCD display on the rear of the camera. [Read more…]
Leica cameras are a funny beast in the world of photography. It’s hard to keep respect for a brand that seems to be more keen to create Panda-editions of their cameras for the Chinese market, and $600 cigarette lighters. Having said that, it’s hard to deny that Leica – and especially the special edition cameras – are known for impeccable craftsmanship. In what can only be described as camera porn, check out this video…
So, you want to take your Leica on some underwater adventures? Well, now you can, all while keeping the same German aesthetic that likely tempted you to buy your camera in the first place.