Chinese lens manufacturer TTArtisan has just announced a super-fast and gorgeous-looking lens for Leica M-mount cameras. The 50mm f/0.95 lens comes in beautiful red color, and it will be available in only 500 pieces worldwide.
Chinese lens manufacturer 7Artisans has announced a 35mm f/5.6 tiny pancake lens for Leica M. Even though it’s fancy-looking thanks to the golden finish, it’s not as expensive as it looks: you can get it for only $199.
Megadap has announced a new MTZ-11 Leica M to Nikon Z adapter that adds autofocus capabilities to the manual focus Leica lenses when used on Nikon Z mirrorless bodies. They’re billing it as the “World’s first” such type of adapter, although that might only be half-right. Techart showed off their TZM-01 last week, although the Megadap adapter appears to be the first one to actually come to market and is already available to purchase.
Launched today, Megadap says the new adapter bypasses the focusing mechanism of the lens by incorporating it directly into the adapter. It communicates electronically with the Nikon Z cameras, allowing it to take full advantage of its phase-detection autofocus system.
French company PIXII SAS first announced their new PIXII camera almost two years ago (literally just a couple of weeks shy), and then it was radio silence until July of this year when it finally went on sale. It’s a Leica M mount digital rangefinder, but with a twist. It looks a lot like the Leica M10-D, but without a memory card slot.
The PIXII features an 11.1-megapixel sensor, comes with either 4GB or 8GB internal memory, has an APS-C global shutter (!) CMOS sensor and no LCD. Oh, and it costs over $3,000. Photographer Sam Hurd bought one and posted up a review with some sample photos. The opener doesn’t sound promising, but keep watching.
Fotodiox has announced their new Fotodiox Pro PRONTO AF lens adapter that lets you autofocus Leica M lenses on your Fujifilm X mount mirrorless cameras. The adapter was initially announced a little while ago, but it’s just now being made available.
Yes, Leica M lenses are manual focus lenses, but this adapter adds autofocus capability for other camera systems. This isn’t Fotodiox’s first Leica M autofocus adapter, having previously released one for Sony, but this one now lets you use them with Fuji, too.
It’s been a minute since we heard about Pixii, huh? It’s been right around 18 months, actually, but now the Leica M mount rangefinder that sounds suspiciously like the Leica M10-D (but without a memory card) has finally given us an update. It’s now for sale with either 4GB or 8GB internal memory, and it starts at around $3,000.
It features an 11.1-megapixel APS-C electronic global shutter CMOS sensor and yes, 4GB and even 8GB don’t sound like a lot of storage, but the whole point of this thing is not to store pictures on your camera but to send them straight to your phone where you can edit and share them instantly. And at 11.1-megapixels, how quickly are you even going to fill 4GB, really?
It’s not often you hear about new UK-based photographic manufacturers these days. At least, certainly not when it comes to lenses. But, it appears that’s exactly what we have, with new lens company, Skyllaney Opto-Mechanics. Their first lens will be a limited edition run of a 50mm f/2 classic Sonnar formula lens with a Leica M mount.
Based off a 1937 pre-war design by Dr Ludwig Bertele, the new Skyllaney 50mm f/2 Bertele contains the same optical formula but with modern lens coatings to increase contrast and reduce flare. Initially, it will be offered in black anodised aluminium or chrome brass finish and a limited run of only 150 lenses with a further 100 to follow.
Leica has launched a new Leica M-E (Typ 240) camera to replace the Leica M-E (Typ 220). It’s aimed at bringing in newcomers to the Leica M system, hoping to entice them in with a low budget price. I say “low budget”… It still costs 4 grand. But it offers a full-frame 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, Leica Maestro processor and access to the complete range of Leica M lenses.
As we all know, Leica is not really famous for its affordable prices. As a matter of fact, the company recently launched a $24K kit designed in collaboration with Lenny Kravitz. But now even us who can’t afford Leica gear can have at least something inspired by it: a wooden music box that costs mere $8.94.