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MS-Optical Perar 24mm F4 Super Wide-3719-20140810 gservo

It’s nimble and small. In fact, it’s the smallest lens I have ever owned. On paper, it is a handmade beauty from Japan. The MS Optical Perar 24mm f/4 Super Wide is produced in the basement workshop of Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki. When I first read about it, I was infatuated because I always wanted a pancake lens. There was one small issue. It was an M mount and I use a Sony A7. There was a quick easy fix though, a Metabones Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Adapter. So I spent my money on it while having no clue what to expect with this lens. It could have been crap or wonderful on the A7. It was a risk I was willing to take and here is what I think.

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Leica M3 Cutaway (5)

The Leica M3 is one of the more popular Leica M cameras around even today. Indeed, they still work and many photographers reach for them because of the lack of electronics, beautiful ergonomics, excellent build quality, and relative simplicity to them. Leicas were used by photojournalists for years, and indeed they’re very revered cameras. But images of a stripped down Leica M3 have been circulating around the web for a little while showing us the internal workings.

If you’ve ever built a working camera before (and I tried to with the Lomography Konstruktor) you’ll know that the wind level and the shutter cocking mechanism are designed to work with one another. Additionally, the shutter dial is actually an extremely complicated piece of machinery that interacts directly with the shutter mechanism. In order for it to work properly, the dial needs to be screwed in very tightly and securely.

The Leica M3 took on the bayonet M mount that we know and use today vs the older Leica screw mount. This made changing lenses easier and sometimes simpler. With an adapter, the screw mount lenses can mount to this camera.

Check out more images after the jump.

Via Shooting FilmLeica Shop Vienna’s eBayNeotype

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julius motal dave keenan fair witness Parade, New York City, 2011

Parade, New York City, 2011

All images by Dave Keenan. Used with permission.

Dave Keenan’s re-entry into photography is a story of the natural order of things, rather than rediscovery. In his youth, he got to photograph on occasion with his grandfather’s Leica, which gave an early love for rangefinders. With his father, he built a darkroom where he often spent time developing and printing photos. His photography, however, fell by the wayside as he took up a career in computer engineering, and in the last ten years, he bought a Leica on a whim. His photographic passion, however muted, came back as he started a photo a week project, which gradually turned into his book FAIR WITNESS: Street Photography for the 21st century with the help of veteran photographers like Eli Reed and Elliott Erwitt.

Head on past the break for our interview with David Keenan, and check the Kickstarter campaign for FAIR WITNESS.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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All images by Jacob Lindell. Used with permission.

“The everyday ordinary… and everything else.” says photographer Jacob Lindell on what motivates him to take photos.

Jacob isn’t really sure how he got into street photography, but he does it every day. “I don’t know when it started but I remember having this feeling of wanting to document certain moments. It could be at a party, walking on the street or simply sitting on a bench and enjoying the sun and it would annoy the shit out of me if I didn’t have the means to do it.” says Mr Lindell. “So then I finally decided to bring my camera with me everywhere.”

Coining himself as a bit of a nomad, Jacob was born in Stockholm, Sweden then moved to Monaco, then Germany, then Canada, then Germany again, Sweden, Holland, Paris, New York, and is currently making a nest in London. His folks work in the advertising and design world, and so he was naturally exposed to creativity. “A huge part of that was documentation of ideas, projects, process, etc. as well as having the ability to do it yourself instead of relying on others. I guess this is what really got me started with photography. It was out of necessity.” says Jacob.

But Jacob’s work in NYC is what really fascinates us. He used to shoot with a D700 and a handful of primes, but then switched to his mother’s first camera: an Olympus OM-1. These days he totes around a Leica M6 TTL and 35mm Summicron.

Mr. Lindell believes that what differentiates New York and London so much is proximity. The design of the city stacks things on top of one another. It allows the atmosphere to create the small interactions that Jacob thinks usually go unnoticed.

More of his photos are after the jump.

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julius motal panasonic fz1000

At some point in the future, Panasonic will release the FZ1000 to the masses. It’s one of those nifty bridge cameras for those caught between a compact camera and full-fledged DSLR. The FZ1000 comes with 4K video, a 20.1MP 1″ sensor, and 16x optical zoom lens (25-400mm 35mm-equivalent) from Leica with an aperture range of f2.8-4. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and a minimum focusing distance of 3cm. With the latter in mind, we strongly suggest you use some sort of tripod. On the whole, the camera reminds us of Sony’s RX10, which sported similar specs save for 4K video. While the RX10′s lens had a shorter focal range of 24-200mm, it had a constant aperture of f2.8. The FZ1000 offers nearly twice as much in terms of focal range, and for video junkies, the 4K will work wonders, we’re sure.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any word of a release date or a price, and with similar cameras priced around $1,300, we can only guess at what the FZ1000 will be. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

Tech specs are after the jump in a full list.

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Vertu Signature Touch

In the world of luxury items, the brand name on an item–and the price tag associated with it–have always been more important than the actual usefulness of said item. In the world of photography, it’s the same as in the world of exclusive leather bags. Leica has been busy providing the rich of this world with overpriced Panasonic knock-offs for quite a while already, and famed German optics manufacturer Zeiss has frequently had its name featured on cellphone cameras. Recently, Hasselblad as well jumped on the bandwagon of badging regular gear with an exclusive name.

But of course, Hasselblad is no ordinary brand name. While Zeiss has always been a brand that even those with a medium-sized wallet were able to afford, ‘Hassy’ has been continually striving to become a luxury brand for those with really deep pockets. Take, for example, the company’s ridiculous knock-offs of regular Sony cameras, clad in exlusive materials and sold for a multiple of the original price tag. Now Hasselblad has seen another niche of luxury items that can be used to milk the cash cow–luxury smartphones.

Just like Zeiss, Hasselblad is now lending its name to a smartphone manufacturer to make their products seem even more worthy of your money. But unlike Zeiss, who at least openly claim to have been involved with the design process of the camera’s optics, the phone camera in question is merely ‘Hasselblad-certified’–whatever that means. Certified to be expensive enough that Hasselblad can expect a major sum in royalties?

The device we’re talking about is nothing less than the latest smartphone from manufacturer Vertu, who has been making exclusive phones for quite a while now. Their latest creation, the ‘Signature Touch’, sports a huge 4.7″ screen covered by sapphire glass, runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and comes with a personal concierge that you can call at any time to fulfill all your needs–as long as what you ask is legal. Of course, this much exclusivity comes at an equally exlusive price, with the the basic version of the Signature Touch starting at US-$ 11,300.

We’re certain that a major chunk of that price tag goes directly to Hasselblad, and another one to Bang & Olufsen whose name is being used to indicate that the device’s stereo speakers are of equally divine quality. As for the actual camera, little more is known than that it resolves 13 megapixel and has a 1/3″-type sensor–pretty much like any other smartphone camera. What exactly Hasselblad’s role in developing the camera was besides “image tuning” is unkown.

But we’re sure it’ll take much better photos than an iPhone. Of which, by the way, you can buy 17.4 of for the same kind of money. Plus you get Siri, which is the closest thing to a personal concierge us mere mortals can ever afford.

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