All many of us want is the Leica CL back. If you’re like me, it was one of the cameras that you cut your teeth on and loved to death. It was beautiful: small, took M mount lenses, and pretty affordable. And those days really need to come back or be recognized in some way.
From what a new report states though, the company is instead working on a brand new interchangeable lens camera system that will be built by Panasonic. Granted, Panasonic is part of the Micro Four Thirds consortium. What this could mean is that Leica is either working on some sort of Micro Four Thirds camera or they’re taking the ideas behind their APS-C point and shoots and giving them interchangeable lenses.
At this point though, we’re wondering who the product will be targeted at. And we hope it isn’t just a rebranded GM1.
At the time of publishing this post, there are rumors abound about a full frame Sony NEX series camera and murmurs that something similar might one day be coming from Fujifilm. But overall, folks are drooling more and more over mirrorless cameras and everything that they offer. And the more savvy amongst us as shooters are also seriously considering them if we haven’t bought one already.
Since the early days of the system, one of the biggest things to do was to adapt manual focus lenses to take advantage of the size. And if you’re still looking to do that, the Leica M mount is perfect.
Here’s a roundup of lenses that you’ll be envying.
Nikon just announced the world’s firts water-, shock-, and freeze-proof mirrorless camera, the 1 AW1. Together with the camera, the company also introduces two equally rugged 1-series lenses to go with it: the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.8 and the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6. The camera and lenses are aimed at outdoor junkies such as snorklers and hikers, as they can sustain depths of up to 49 ft (15 m), drops from up to 6.6 ft (2 m) and temperatures as low as 14° F (-10° C). In addition to all that ruggedness, the 1 AW1 comes with a new 14.2 megapixel sensor, a dual-AF system as well as an altimeter and depth gauge for those taking it to new heights and depths both above and below sea-level. Details after the break.
The previously rumored Fujifilm X-A1 entry-level X-mount camera is now official, and it looks just like in the leaked pictures: that is like the X-M1 with a slightly different styling. What sets the X-A1 apart from the X-M1–and from all other X-mount cameras for that matter–is the lack of X-Trans color filter array on its sensor. Instead, Fuji opted for a conventional APS-C sized CMOS sensor with bayer pattern in the X-A1. The camera sports 16.1 megapixels resolution bundled with an EXR II image processor. ISO goes from 200-6,400, and the 3″ 920k dot rear display is tiltable, just like on the X-M1. Additional features include WiFi and Full-HD video recording.
Remember how we all got super excited when JK Imaging–the company that holds the right to produce new cameras under the Kodak brand–announced a new Micro Four Thirds camera? I don’t either. Well, here’s more reason not to get excited: the Amateur Photographer reports that the camera is delayed, and will not make it to store shelves in time for … well, for what, actually? Allegedly, the camera will be launched in Q3 of 2013, which started on July 1st and ends on September 30th. So maybe we’ll see it under Christmas trees this holiday season after all. Personally, I can hardly wait. *sarcasm*
In the meantime, you can catch up on Kodak’s dreadful history by perusing the links we provide in this article.
Sigma has been turning lots of heads in the past year with their revamped business model centered around their Global Vision mentality and philosophy. But we’re sure that this latest announcement will have even more eyes on them–or at least that what they’re hinting at. According to Canon Watch, rumor has it that Sigma may be announcing a new mirrorless camera system. Maybe they took hints at what the Chinese are doing with the DP series point and shoots by converting them to M Mount cameras. They’ve also set up a website called Sigma Photo Revolution through their Poland division.
While there have been rumors about this camera system for a while, we wonder why they would make the background image a lens and also blur it out quite a bit.
Maybe there is a new super fast aperture lens coming?