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For years, Leica was the only camera manufacturer to dominate the digital rangefinder camera space–and while they still are it seems like they could have a contender soon. Meet the Konost FF, which according to Photo Rumors is currently a project happening that aims to create a full frame digital rangefinder.

The camera isn’t using the traditional mechanical rangefinder but instead one that uses electronics overlayed on an optical viewfinder. At the heart is a 20MP full frame sensor, The body is made from an aluminum alloy and in many ways looks like the Leica T camera.

The mirrorless camera world was dominated by Leica for a while then everyone else got into it. With Sony newly entering the full frame mirrorless camera world, it only makes sense that everyone else is going to enter. To be fair, Epson tried to enter the camera world with a rangefinder and failed.

To be fair though, this camera doesn’t seem very traditional rangefinder-like in appearance–and Zeiss and Voigtlander both seem to have better designed bodies with their film offerings. More specs and a video are after the jump.

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Photo by Julius Motal.

Most images in this story are by Japan Camera Hunter. Used with permission. 

Though street photographers love to talk about the cameras that they own, they also love geeking out even more about the older cameras that those before them used. While the best camera is the one that you have on you, certain snappers are the ones that discerning street photographers dream of. These cameras are also all film–and it only makes sense. For years, street photographers swore an allegiance to Kodak Tri-X, Ilford Delta 400, and many others that gave them the look that they knew and loved.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer Mark Wallace recently switched from using Canon DSLRs to the Leica M as his primary camera kit. While many videos like this have been long and thorough, they spend much less time focusing on gear and more time on feature sets–with the most famous being Jason Lanier’s.

Wallace talks about how he is replacing lots of the zoom lenses in his Canon kit with small primes. For example, the 16-35mm f2.8 L is being replaced by the Leica 21mm f3.4 and his 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM II is being replaced by a 135mm prime. He spends a lot of time talking about weight and size–specifically in regards to how it affects him when he is travelling as a photographer. Wallace cites situations where he is wearing over 60lbs of gear and needs to run for a subway or a cab–which can sometimes be all too much of a reality for NYC photographers.

The majority of the video talks about the gear with only the last couples of minutes getting to the real meat of the deal–and could have been cut down tremendously to just focus on the nitty gritty. Mark explains that in a place like where he is in Brazil, DSLRs can get easily stolen. But a Leica rangefinder on the other hand is ignored somewhat. Indeed, rangefinders can be very fooling and are much more low profile except to those that actually know better.

Mark Wallace’s video for AdoramaTV is after the jump.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer Leica M Typ 240 Review Front Slanted View

For their 60th anniversary celebration, Leica UK has released 10 different video interviews talking with famous photographers about how they’ve used the Leica M camera. Some of the photographers have used them for many years while others only just a couple, but they all talk about documenting daily occurrences in life with the camera. What they’re all doing is shooting candids and doing street photography.

The Leica M series of cameras have a long and venerable history in photography with many of them being in the hands of photojournalists, documentary photographers, wedding photographers and street photographers. They’re designed to capture everyday life. But eventually the SLR would overtake them due to their through the lens view and wider selection of lenses–particularly zooms.

More than any other camera, the Leica M has mostly retained the same timeless shape and look–and they’re easily discernable anywhere you go.

Leica’s interviews with 10 photographers are after the jump.

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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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