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Years ago, Leica introduced the Leica MP. Back then, it was a film rangefinder–and many could call it the creme-de-la-creme of the rangefinder camera world. Now, Leica has brought in a new camera to the fore with the old Leica MP name; except that this one is digital.

According to Petapixel, the camera houses a 24MP Full Frame sensor, has a 2GB memory buffer, comes in black and silver, has a 3inch 920K dot LCD screen (which is antiquated in today’s day and age) and will set you back around $8,000.

We’re waiting for more details, but we will update when we get them.

You can check availability at B&H Photo.

Photo via Photohistory

Photo via Photohistory

One of the oldest photography processes just turned 175 years old. This process was developed way before film and film emulsions and in a time when medium and large format photography ruled the world. Back then, the standard in photography required you to use silver plates coated in a photographic emulsion and had to be individually prepared. When they were set, they were placed in a holder. The camera and lens were then focused on the subject. Then the subject was asked to keep very still and the plate loaded into the camera. Now it was time to shoot. A very long exposure was taken due to the narrow aperture needed to get anything in focus at all–so subjects had to remain very still.

When the shot was over, the plate holder and plate were brought into a darkroom and within around 10 minutes an image emerged on the plate. Different chemicals were added to fix the look a bit. We refrain from saying color because of the fact that color photography wasn’t quite around back then.

More history in the form of a video is after the jump.

Via Shooting Film, George Eastman House, Wikipedia

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Kodak BW400CN

For those that knew the true beauty of the film today is a very sad day for many photographers.

In a statement recently issued by Kodak, the company has now discontinued their BW400CN film. Though the film isn’t as prolific as Tri-X, it still created beautiful portraits and images overall. In fact, Kodak billed it as the finest grain black and white chromogenic film made. And in some ways, they’re correct–though the grain isn’t as fine as with some of their other emulsions.

Kodak is also stating that it should still be available in the market for around the next six months; though it can often be seen sold at places like WalGreens and more. So in fact, it may not last that long.

When I first started the site, I reviewed the Leica M7 using this film. It was an awesome experiences.

B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon still have stock of the film if you’d like to store some in the freezer for another day.


Hasselblad H5D-200c MS

Hasselblad has of a doozy of a medium format camera for you today. Starting off with the 50MP CMOS sensor the Hasselblad H5D-200c MC takes images at an astounding 6200 x 8272 resolution. What makes the sensor even more amazing is the H5D-200c MC can shoot in 4 and 6 consecutive shots, the latter of which it can stitch together into absurdly detailed 200MP pictures.

Dear lord.

The files are a product of Hassy’s proprietary Multi-Shot technology and each comes as a hard-drive crushing 600MB, 8-bit TIFF file. But this isn’t just about numbers. The combined images also help the camera resolve tiny, tiny details like leather grain or the intricate patterns of mesh into sharp clarity. A lower megapixel sensor taking the same image would lose all the details in a muddy mess.

The H5D-200c can also shoot up to 6400 ISO and take exposures as long as 12 minutes long for photographing star trails among other things. On the back the camera also sports a disappointingly low-resolution 460 x 320, 3-inch TFT type display. Hit the jump to the glorious detail 200MP can resolve, you’ll want to zoom-and-enhance for this one we promise.

Via Petapixel

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Cams Pro Sling Strap Camera Plate and Lens Plate

A new Kickstarter is looking to solve a problem with photographers who like to shoot with vertical grips. They’re called CAMS, and they’re putting out the Pro Sling Strap.

The concept behind it is pretty simple: there are loads and loads of photographers who like to shoot with a vertical grip whether because it makes them look more pro or because of pure comfort. But indeed, many straps out there don’t always work so seamlessly with grips due to some sort of knob sticking out–and so you’ll often have to wrap your fingers around said knob. But the Cams Sling Strap offers a flat surface for use with a tripod collar or a tripod slot. This effectively lets you wrap your hand around the grip with less of an issue.

The units are made using aluminum and steel can can be used with either a lens tripod collar or a camera depending on what configuration you want to use. Then you’ll need to add the strap obviously.

It seems to otherwise work a lot like the BlackRapid straps–which is great for wedding photographers and photojournalists.

Their product video is after the jump.

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Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson

Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson

What would you give to be a National Geographic photographer? Your comforts? Maybe your pleasant and nicely-heated apartment? Or perhaps your limbs?

Being a NatGeo photographer is perhaps one of the most coveted jobs in the world of photography. And how could it not? A NatGeo photographer gets to travel, experience different cultures, go on endless adventures, and to top it off, have his or her photos graze a magazine read by millions worldwide.

Well, as it turns out, being a photographer for National Geographic isn’t as glamorous as we thought it would be. Exciting, yes, and we are all aware there’s some dangerous aspects to it, but definitely not glamorous.

In a very illuminating reveal, The Photo Society, the group made up of NatGeo’s contributing photographers, published a post tallying the number of incidents of the many hazards of the job, overall presenting a very graphic and very real image of what it’s really like to go on an assignment in the deepest, strangest, harshest, or most dangerous parts of the world.

From being blinded by wasps (1) and getting severe diarrhea (90) to seat belts releasing while hovering over volcanos (2) and tripping into a Chernobyl reactor (oh yes – 3) to sadly enough, death, these badass photographers have definitely gone through great lengths to get the job done. And they are definitely gaining more respect for it.

But back to our question: what would you give to be a National Geographic photographer?

Via Reddit