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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (5 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Earlier this year, Leica announced the Leica Q–which is a fixed lens camera with a full frame sensor, electronic viewfinder, and a fixed lens with autofocus. The Leica Q has incredibly fast autofocus performance, and we rather liked it.

Building on this success, Mirrorless Rumors is reporting that we’re going to be getting pretty much the same camera’s internals but with interchangeable lenses and a new body. For years, we’ve been hearing about an update to the R system, and this could indeed be it. This gets even more interesting when you consider the fact that the source states that the camera will have a similar design to a Leicaflex–which was the company’s SLR lineup of cameras. It isn’t clear whether the mount will use R lenses natively–but we doubt it since those were manual focus lenses.

No doubt, ti’s going to cost a pretty penny–more like all the pennies in your pocket. And for that price, you’ll be getting the Q’s sensor, image stabilization, weather sealing, the very good EVF and more.

If this is all indeed true, this makes Leica out to be the second company to house a full frame sensor in a mirrorless camera and to provide autofocus. Leica was the first to the ball with the M9 and all successors after that. Sony followed up with the A7 series of cameras.

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Many photographers that still shoot film adore Leica–and those photographers also want to go for the very best eventually. You’ve got lots of great options to start out with though, and there are loads of old rangefinder cameras that you can get, too. But some photographers only want a Leica–specifically a film Leica. These cameras by far have some of the best ergonomics and most simplistic features even today.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Vintage Leather Adjustable Strap (4 of 10)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.0

Every time a photographer wants to start to experiment with film, new excitement stirs. But at the same time, it’s always wise to take a great educated guess as far as what camera you want to start out with. For starters, consider not only the camera system but the lens system–just like in digital photography. Figuring out what films you want to work with is another headache but one that is significantly easier to do than what camera you’re working with.

For this reason, we’ve come up with our list of the best film cameras for any photographer to start out on.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (1 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

With the Q and A7R Mk II landing on the front the page of every photo website and in the Facebook feed of nearly every photographer, the mirror is looking less necessary by the day. What was once a conduit to essentially allow photographers to see what they’re photographing is now a vestige, something that needs space and adds weight. Ask any photographer who’s used big rigs, they’ll say the weight is the biggest drag, and that they’re increasingly drawn to smaller cameras by the likes of Sony, Fuji, Olympus and the like. Companies can make smaller cameras by taking out the mirror, and the company who’s been working on it perhaps the hardest is Sony. Leica’s up there now, too, but for different reasons.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica MA first impressions (5 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

Rangefinder cameras will always be at the heart of many photographers for their small size, simplistic ergonomics, silent shutter, and low profile looks that keep many away from thinking that you’ve got an expensive camera around your neck. Though they gave way to SLR cameras in terms of widespread use, they were still very popular amongst documentary and street photographers. In fact, many of the cameras still are in use by photographers.

We’ve rounded up some of the best film rangefinder cameras that you can find or that were iconic to many photographers. Here’s our list.

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Last year, ONA teamed up with Leica to bring the Berlin camera bag. Then they brought it out of the limited edition space, and this year they’re updating the bag again. The ONA Berlin II is a wink and a nod to one of the hippest cities in the world, and is made with rich grain leather that ONA guarantees will look amazing with use.

The interior has a red look to coincide with Leica’s company; and the bag can hold a Leica M along with a couple of lenses, an iPad and personal stuff. The Berlin II also has a removable top grab handle if you don’t want to sling it around your chest.

This bag, like the more production ready Berlin, has only one red button as opposed to the limited edition with two buttons.

Want one? They’re available today for $399; which seems a tad pricey–but considering how high quality ONA’s camera bags are that you need to see in person to believe it’s very fair. On a personal note, we really wish it could hold a 13 inch MacBook and therefore become more functional as an everyday bag.