The Tiniest M-Mount Lens Ever Looks Like a Body Cap



MS Optical, a Japanese one-man business best known for their lens conversions, are about to introduce what is probably the tiniest lens ever made for Leica M-mount: the Super Triplet Perar 28mm f4. Successor to the very popular and critically acclaimed Super Triplet Perar 35mm f3.5, the new Perar 4/28 manages to beat its already minute predecessor in terms of size and weight. Coming in at only 45 g (1.58 oz), the lens is based on a triplet design comprising only three lens elements. To make the optical formula even more compact, the lens’ aperture is placed before the front element. More details after the jump.

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A Second Chance with the Leica M9 (and 50mm and 35mm Summilux Lenses)

Though I’ve reviewed the Leica M9 and M9-P before, I only recently had the pleasure of trying the Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux and Leica 35mm f1.4 Summilux on the new digital bodies in real world use and street photography (I’ve used the former with a film body before). As readers of this site may know, I like the cameras; but have a major problem with their metering methods. Additionally, I tend to liken the images from the camera to chrome film in that one needs to nail the exposure perfectly and there isn’t a tremendous amount of versatility in the post-production process, though there is some.

So with all that aside, how do the lenses perform on the camera body?

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Review: Leica V-LUX 3 (Panasonic FZ-150)

When Leica announced their new V-LUX 3 (or VLUX3) digital camera, I had thought to myself that the camera perhaps incorporates all of the standard changes that their Panasonic clones have. For those of you that are confused, when Leica clones a Panasonic camera (in this case, the Panasonic FZ-150), they usually update the firmware, menu system and lens coatings to differentiate it a bit. Otherwise though, the camera functions and acts the same. This time around though, there seems to be absolutely no change except for the outside cosmetic appearance.

So does this superzoom camera meet your standards?

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The Leica X1 from a Foodie’s Perspective

Leica is a company I have a great respect for, especially because of the Leica M9. So when I got the offer to take the Leica X1 out for a spin, I immediately said yes. The X1’s APS-C size sensor, like the one in my Nikon D90, really grabbed my attention. Since we already reviewed the X1 once here, I chose to use it for something near and dear to me, food and coffee photography. This would be a pleasant change from shooting with DSLR’s like the Nikon D90 and the Canon 7D, which I was using at the time.

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Hands On: Sony NEX 7

“If you can’t afford a Leica, this is the one to get.” Those are the words of the Sony Rep that demoed the NEX-7 to me. The other day, I finally got my hands on the extremely coveted Sony NEX-7 (or NEX7 and NEX 7). Though the reviews have already started to come out, I’m still waiting for my units to give them a full run through. However, this camera seemed extremely impressive during the brief time I spent with it as did the 24mm f1.8 lens.

Note that these were pre-production models though.

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Photo Samples: Ricoh GXR with Leica M-Mount A12 Photographs Hurricane Irene’s Effects

This posting is literally just an image dump. I’ve had the Ricoh GXRwith A12unit to mount Leica M mount lenses on for a little bit, and now that Hurricane Irene seems to have died down in Queens, NY I took it out for a bit of a spin. These images are largely unedited with the exception of resizing for the web. The entire gallery is after the jump. A full series of reviews is coming soon.

Hat tip to Gabe Biderman for the Leica lens loaners.

Do you have any crazy stories to share from Hurricane Irene? Or photos to show? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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Review: Leica M9-P

Though the differences from its predecessor are extremely minor, something compelled me to review the Leica M9-P(or M9P, M-9P as the interwebs call it). Perhaps it’s the recent reawakened love of street photography from inspirations like Eric Kim or my co-worker Brian who runs La Pura Vida. Either way though, the timeless classic ended up in my hands. I’ve previously reviewed the Leica M9 and the Leica M7: both of which I felt were excellent image capturing devices. However, I’m a slightly older, much more experienced photographer than I was before. Is the M9-P a work of art or is it just an expensive doorstop?

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Field Review: Leica X1 (Day 1)

When it comes to cameras, digital or film, there are a few brands that are more than just a name; they are more of a religion amongst their followers. For many, Leica is one of those brands. Their customers will drop more money on a small kit than many people will spend on their car, which is astounding to me – someone who doesn’t own anything with that revered red dot. So what does a complete Leica virgin think of one of their newer offerings, the Leica X1? Let’s find out.

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Field Review: Fujifilm X100 (Day 6)

Today, the Fuji X100 didn’t take too many photos. Why? Because of something that I haven’t mentioned before: the battery life. The battery life on this camera is quite short—and it’s very disappointing. I charged the camera up fully on Friday, took some product shots that night, shot for a couple of hours on Saturday night, and didn’t do much of any shooting on Sunday. Today, I went into the studio to test out the high speed flash sync and the battery totally crapped out on me. Last Thursday, it died after a day’s use. In the end, I did manage to get the photo below.

This was shot with the brand new DIY Ring Flash and the Fuji X100. It’s a wonderful photo I believe. This posting is going to be nice and short because of the battery problem.

And it is here where I will say that the lead photo in this story is perhaps one of the best street photography photos I’ve ever shot. I’m damned proud of it and what really helped me to get it was the fact that I said to myself, “Don’t be nervous. No one is going to kill you.”

Coming soon, the Fuji X100 goes head to head with the Leica X1. Meanwhile, you should catch up on Day 5 of this series here.

How a Rangefinder Camera Focuses

Ever wonder how a rangefinder camera focuses? I found a video on YouTube that shows exactly how that happens. As you’ll see, certain areas line up with one another. When they’re all perfectly lined up, you know you’re in focus. We reviewed the Leica M9 and Leica M7 cameras here a while back: both are rangefinders. When I say that rangefinder focusing really helps when you’re visually impaired the way I am, I’m not joking. Try focusing with a rangefinder, and then try it with a DSLR: without your glasses. See which one will be more accurate. Yes, there is autofocus, but sometimes it isn’t reliable.

This posting is dedicated to all the rangefinder lovers, those curious about Leica, and to our very own Educational Director Sander-Martijn; who like me is experiencing vision problems. I talked to him about rangefinder focusing the other night.

What Does the New Leica X1 Firmware Update Mean For You?

Today, Leica issued a firmware update for the X1. Indeed, it is already quite the powerhouse of a camera that will powerbomb your wallet. Rumors were abound though that the Leica X1’s firmware update was perhaps to make it more of a competitor to the Fujifilm X100. So here’s the thing: we know how the X100 will function. Does the firmware update indeed make it more of a competitor?

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A Call To Help Another Photographer

When I first started The Phoblographer, I never thought that I’d interact with some of the truly nicest people I’ve ever met in the interwebs. You folks have been some of the kindest and most supportive bunch I’ve ever encountered at any of the sites I’ve ever worked at. And I thank you for this. But I’m not here for me or my staff today. I’m here to help another photographer.

You see, he’s selling his Leica M6 Titanium and 35mm F/1.4 Titanium. They’re in perfect condition, barely used, and have sat in a box in his closet for years. Now understand something: he has a daughter in college now and he’s trying to pay off quite a few medical bills. Because of this, he’s selling everything you see in the photos above for $5,000. He’s an extremely nice man, and looks out for lots of people every day. As the editor-in-chief of this site, I feel the need to give back to others at times. This is one of them.

If you are interested at all, you can shoot me an email at chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com and I will then put you in touch with the right person.

If you can’t help, I will ask that you please use our retweet and share buttons to help. In this case, don’t support The Phoblographer. Please support another photographer.

Update 2/24/2010: It’s been sold. Thanks to everyone for the help.