If someone would ask me what digital camera brand is the most different from all the others, I would definitely answer Leica. A couple of weeks ago I bought my first Leica rangefinder, after using virtually every other camera brand on the market. I went for the cheapest one available, the Leica M8. In this article, I have written down my notes on what the biggest differences are from other digital cameras I have used over the years.
Leica has just announced a new digital rangefinder camera. It’s a new and improved version of the Leica M10-R, featuring a 40 MP full-frame color sensor and increased low-light capabilities. Let’s dive in and see what the new camera offers and what you get for the money.
I always find it fascinating when we see reviews on cameras that haven’t been made for years, often decades. The folks over at Japan Camera Hunter made it onto YouTube a couple of months ago, and they’ve wasted no time in making reviews of their own, including the Yashica Mat 124G, the Zeiss Ikon ZM and now the Nikon SP.
With film still growing in popularity, many just coming to analogue photography are wondering what cameras they should be looking out for that they might enjoy shooting. So, seeing these reviews of old cameras might not be quite as late as they may at first seem and could prove to be extremely valuable for inquisitive buyers today.
We’ve heard a lot over the last few years about digital film and backs for 35mm cameras. But one thing I haven’t really seen mentioned is “instant film” backs. You know, for things like Polaroid or Fuji Instax. Well, the folks at NINM Lab have had it in the forefront of their minds. They’ve developed a back that fits a number of 35mm SLR and rangefinder cameras. And it’s compatible with Fuji Instax Instant Film.
For the Canon shooter who has everything, this could be the perfect little stocking filler this year. Assuming you love them enough to spend $80 on them. This tiny replica of the Canon IV SB rangefinder camera is actually a new Canon-exclusive USB flash drive. It measures 2.8×1.4×1.4″ and contains a mere 8GB of storage.
Today I want to share with you my thoughts on the Leica M and more generally the Rangefinder system. When I sold all my digital equipment to make a permanent switch to analog camera I went for a Rangefinder camera. The obvious choice for me was to buy a Leica M6 and a full set of lenses to cover a wide focal range.
I first bought the body then ordered at the same time all sort of lenses from different resellers. I had a good sum of money from my sales and was feeling like a kid in a candy shop! I bought 5 lenses going from 21mm up to 135mm thinking that I would never need to buy glass for the rest of my life… Of course that was wrong otherwise we wouldn’t be here today!
Leica might be German-made, but that doesn’t mean it can’t collaborate with other markets for exclusive versions of its cameras. The latest example of this are two new Leica M-P ‘Panda Edition’ camera sets, designed specifically for the Chinese market.[Read More…]
Ever wonder what it was like to shoot with a rangefinder? In this quick little vignette produced by Leica, street photographer Craig Semetko takes us on location as he wonders the city showing viewers the benefits of using a rangefinder firsthand. Semetko also explains how to use one, which is a slightly different process than your typical SLR.
“When you look through the viewfinder of an [Leica] M, everything is in focus. Everything has clarity whether it is behind your subject or in front of your subject or your subject itself. When you look through an SLR, you’re actually looking through the lens and the lens is going to show the picture it wants you to take. Things are going to be in focus and things are going to be out of focus. The M demands more from the photographer, it demands you use your imagination, that you think about what you’re doing, understand what it is you want to achieve then change your manual controls accordingly to achieve that vision.”
From the outside, the FujiFilm X100T, which just became available for pre-sale, maintains the classic styling of it’s ever popular predecessor, the Fujifilm X100S. Yet, while Fujifilm may not have found it necessary to add too many upgrades or embellishments to the camera’s outer-body, the X100T has undergone a series of internal upgrades, all of which make this sleek, small fixed lens a serious contender in the increasingly tough mirrorless camera market.