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We’re partnering up with Leica to giveaway a Leica T with the 18-55mm lens. Enter into our International Street Photography contest for your chance to score this camera right before the holidays.

More details are after the jump.

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chris gampat the phoblographer leica m9p review product photos (1 of 7)

Bad news for Leica owners, your camera sensor might be corroding. A growing number of La Vida Leica users have reported white spots cropping up in their images. A Leica representative has since confirmed the issue and explained the stems from “corrosion effects” developing on the cover glass of the CCD sensor inside the Leica M9.

“[The corrosion effects] manifest themselves as marks on images captured at smaller apertures (f5.6-22). The new Leica M (Type 240) with the CMOS sensor is not affected by this problem,” the Leica representative shared.

The Leica M9’s 18MP Kodak CCD sensor can also be found inside the M9-P, M Monochrom, M-E, and the limited edition $29,000 M9 Titanium—all of which may be effect as well. The big problem seems to due to the protective sheet of Schott S8612 glass fitted to each sensor. This isn’t the first time the cover glass has created problems; previously it’s been known to crack randomly and becoming delaminated from the rest of the sensor.

Leica has acknowledged the issue and has set forth a number of solutions for affected customers including a free sensor cleaning. Leica also promises a free replacement sensor for any camera that was recently purchased in the last three years. Users with an affected camera that’s older than three years will still be able to send in their camera for sensor replacement but at a cost.

Leica also notes that its replacement sensor is the same model as the original, so in the event it develops the same corrosion effects users will also be cared for under the same goodwill coverage. Meanwhile, affected customers interested in upgrading to a Leica M or M-P (Type 240) will supposedly receive an attractive offer from customer care. Read on for more details after the break.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica T first impressions images (8 of 15)ISO 2001-25 sec at f - 4.0

A reminder about three of our contests that we have going on right now. First off, you should know that they’re all available worldwide.

International Street Photography Contest: We’re doing this one with Leica and giving away a Leica T. Check it out!

We’re teaming up with Calumet to give away a 7D Mk II.

Fujifilm has provided an X-T1 kit for us to giveaway in our landscape photo contest.

DxOMark Leica T comparison 1

The Leica T isn’t looking too hot according to some newly released DxOMark scores. According to the results, the Leica T’s 12.2MP sensor falls very short in terms of ISO performance compared to other modern APS-C mirrorless cameras like the Sony A6000 and Samsung NX300.

The most damning thing about the Leica T’s performance was its paltry lowlight ISO performance, which sits several steps behind some of the newest APS-C sensor cameras.

What’s more, the Leica T even lags slightly behind the 16MP Sony NEX 6, which is now almost a two-year-old camera that bests it in low light performance. In truth the results aren’t too surprising as we suspected the Leica T was sporting the same sensor as the Leica X2, which we also presumed was a dated Sony sensor.

The good news out of all this is the Leica T still offers very competitive dynamic range and color depth. Also because it does use a larger sensor, the Leica T also performs better than professional grade Micro Four Thirds cameras such as the Olympus OMD EM1 and Panasonic GH4. More results are after the jump.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica M60 review images product photos (2 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

The Leica M60–some may argue that it’s it’s overpriced; actually, everyone would argue that. The camera was announced at Photokina 2014, and it’s quite the unconventional offering. It comes with the very expensive and wonderful Leica 35mm f1.4–the new version announced only a couple of years ago. The entire kit itself comes up to around $16,000. Yes, that’s a lot of money and there are only around 600 of these cameras being made. It is the ultimate special edition and collectors camera.

But in all honesty, the Leica M Edition 60 is the camera that every digital Leica should be. Why? Take it from a guy who was trained on and cut his teeth in the photo industry on their cameras. The philosophy behind shooting with a Leica in the streets has to do with ease of use, speed, and relying on your own knowledge. You’re more or less a master. It doesn’t involve sitting there chimping an LCD screen and hoping that you got the shot.

No, this camera is for the master of the streets. And in the one hour that I had with the camera, I’ve never been captivated by a single digital image taking device in my career yet.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica MA first impressions (1 of 6)ISO 6401-80 sec at f - 2.8

When Leica announced the M-A camera at Photokina 2014, a spark was lit. We don’t believe it’s possible for a camera to be a soul mate, but if it was then the Leica M-A would be stringing hearts along as it struts through life. The Leica M-A is designed to pay homage to the cameras that put the company on the map in the photojournalism world and that are still used by many photographers today. Those cameras beautiful pieces of machinery and can far outlast any other cameras made out there. Amongst that lineup are the Leica M2, M3, and M4–with the M4-P perhaps being one of the company’s most popular products in this line.

And with that, the Leica M-A is designed incredibly simply. It takes film, has a film advance lever, is designed with lots of metal, and has no light meter built in–just like many of the older cameras. Think that that’s a waste of your money? Think again–especially when you consider the fact that the camera could be used by people many generations from now with no major problems to the machinery.

No–this isn’t a camera meant for the new breed that rely on meters; it’s designed for those photographers who used the tried and true Sunny 16 methods to capture scenes in every day life. And despite it’s near $5,000 price tag, it makes complete sense if you consider that many of the much older Leicas still go for a lot of money and that this is a made with brand new materials.

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