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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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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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Chris Gampat 20x24 Polaroid camera studios (16 of 17)

While 35mm full frame digital cameras are very much the standard amongst many professionals and enthusiasts, the format was originally created to satisfy the everyday man. Many moons ago (and some even today) professional photographers shot with large and medium format cameras. These cameras were capable of taking photos that the smaller formats weren’t able to.

Some of these cameras are still in use today by folks all across the world. Here are just a few.

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All photos by Jason Cheung. Used with permission.

If you’re using an older analog camera of some sort or just have a dim rangefinder in one of your cameras, photographer Jason Cheung created a workaround that seems pretty nifty. It involves a bit of thinking in a different way–while most photographers will instead try to brighten the focusing patch, not many think about dimming the rest of the viewfinder to make the patch stand out more. But that’s what Jason did–and he did it just enough for it to still be usable.

More after the jump.

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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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All images by Bellamy Hunt, the Japan Camera Hunter. Used with permission.

If anyone in the world runs across rare and unique camera items, it’s Bellamy Hunt. Recently, he shared an image of a rare Leica IIIc Red Curtain Rangefinder with Nazi Navy/Marine markings on it. It’s worth it to note though that none of these cameras came out of Leica’s factory with the engravings. In fact, they were all added later on.

This particular rangefinder has the Nazi symbol with M underneath it–signifying that it was a camera for someone in the Navy. Bellamy tells us that the engraving was most likely done by a jeweler for the owner. But he also thinks that the symbol was added after the specific trend of engraving a Nazi symbol onto the camera was booming–which could potentially make it a fake. In fact, many fake copies came out of Russia.

While this is a real Leica camera, he still believes that the engraving was added after the trend (though still manufactured during war time) because the font isn’t just like the one used on many other cameras out there.

You can check this and other items out that Bellamy has for sale at this specific page.

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