Leica has a special event planned for April 24th. Leica Rumors spotted an event flyer detailing a media shindig that could be the big reveal for the long awaited Leica T type 701 mirrorless camera. The new camera first hit the airwaves in an internal document from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. The new model name cropped up soon after Leica CEO Alfred Schopf confirmed that the company was working on a new compact camera system in an interview with the Australian magazine Camera.
The new Leica mirrorless camera has been rumored for years as a new proper EVIL camera addition to fit between the M and X lines. The new camera might not even come from Leica though as another early report suggested that Panasonic is working with the German optics company to produce either a Micro Four Thirds camera or an APS-C shooter. The only thing that seems certain is Leica has a new camera in the wings and it will be here on April 24th, so sit tight and stay tuned for more as we hear the news.
Bellamy Hunt over at Japan Camera Hunter usually finds some extremely sweet treasures. But this recent find of his will blow your mind. Today, JCH posted a photo set of the De Ould Delft 50mm f0.75 lens, which is perhaps one of the fastest aperture optics ever made and so is also not for sale. The lens is mounted on a Leica M3 and was engineered to do so–meaning that this version is an M mount lens.
It was made for x-ray machines originally which explains why the aperture is a fixed f0.75 and its fixed focusing out to two meters. But it still takes some very beautiful images. As you can see in Bellamy’s photos, there is no aperture ring on the lens or focusing ring. Because of the lens’s older design, we’re not quite sure that it might be best for digital users and instead may be best paired with some sort of low contrast film like Portra 400. Coupled with the fact that you have a super duper wide aperture, you’re bound to have lots of fun in super low lighting.
To use it, you’ll probably need to whip out the measuring tape. Since this is an M mount lens and it doesn’t focus, the focusing doesn’t correspond with a rangefinder’s focusing mechanism. So you’ll only be able to use the viewfinder for composing if anything.
So how do you possibly find a way to appeal to the Japanese and the Americans with way too much money to burn? You team up with Playboy and Hello Kitty of course! That’s what Leica has seemingly done with their new special edition C digital camera. The camera is designed to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th and Playboy’s 60th Anniversaries. And it’s a super Limited Edition–we’re talking about 10 pieces.
Spec wise, this lil’ shooter has a 12.1MP 1/1.7″ MOS Sensor, Leica DC Vario-Summicron f/2-5.9 Lens, 7x Optical Zoom, 28-200mm, 3.0″ TFT LCD with 921k-dot Resolution, 200k-dot Color LCD Viewfinder, Wi-Fi with NFC & Leica C Image Shuttle and comes with Adobe Lightroom 5.
If you’re a reputable camera manufacturer, especially one serving a more demanding selection of customers, then you have to have an in-house customization program. Leica has had one for years, called ‘Leica à la carte,’ which would let you customize your camera’s button design, color, and leatherette, among other things. Hasselblad lets you choose how overpimped you’d like your new Lunar or Stellar camera to be. And now it seems that Fujifilm has decided it was about time to offer custom design options for its X-series cameras.
On a new microsite, Fujifilm offers current owners as well as prospective buyers of select X-series models to have their camera equipped with a customized leatherette. There’s a vast selection of different colors and materials, including some with the names of animals in their designation–we assume that ‘Beige Lizard’ and ‘Black Croc’ merely describe the look of the leatherette, and not its actual provenance. However, judging from the price tag at which the customizations are offered, we’re not entirely sure.
Currently, it seems the program is only available in the UK, and if you’d like to get your X-series camera officially pimped by Fujifilm, then you can order a skin of your choice for as little as GBP 129.99–that’s US-$ 217 at current exchange rates. Quite honestly, we don’t think any of the (presumably) synthetic leatherettes look good enough to warrant such a high price tag.
In our humble opinion, you’d be much better off ordering a third party leatherette from eBay and applying it to your camera yourself. Not only does that give you many more (and nicer) options, it’ll also cost you less. And if you absolutely must spend that much money on a new skin for your camera, you can at least get one made from actual crocodile leather. Or better yet, leather from a python that recently devoured a crocodile. Yeah, that sounds very manly, doesn’t it.
It’s okay, you can breathe now! The news that you’ve been waiting for is finally here. Who needs the D4s when you can have a Leica?! Let alone a Leica in silver!
Joking aside, today the company is announcing that their X Vario camera is available in silver. When it was first announced, we kind of laughed. Then we tested it and liked it. There is nothing else special about this camera except for the color. It houses the same 16.2MP APS-C sized sensor, same 18-46mm f3.5-6.4 lens, and can still take all the accessories of the original.
The price will be the same as the other one: $2,850.
Now that CES 2014 is over, it’s time to take a look back at all the things that have been announced during the show. During our time in Vegas, we had the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the announcements: the Nikon D4S, the Panasonic/Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 lens, the new Nikon D3300 … and more. Here’s our recap of all the hot stuff presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.