If You’re Buying an Analog M Mount Camera, Consider the Viewfinder Magnification

The Viewfinder Magnification of an M Mount Camera means a whole lot depending on how you shoot.

Every photographer at one point in their life should own at least one Leica M mount camera. That doesn’t mean it necessarily needs to be made by Leica though–Voigtlander and Zeiss offered very solid options that you can get in great condition. While some may scoff at the prices, it goes without saying that many M mount cameras are built exceptionally well and are essentially timepieces. But if you’re going to get one, don’t just get it based on price. You’ll need to look at what the viewfinders can offer and a few other options.

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Capture One 11.01 Brings Fujifilm X-E3 Support and Lots of Bug Fixes

If you process with Capture One then there is a new update on the table for you, and we recommend updating right away.

Phase One has just updated their RAW processing software Capture One to version 11.01 which adds support for the [amazon_textlink asin=’B0759GZFMG’ text=’Fujifilm X-E3′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’16375e8b-fc75-11e7-b438-4348033ba2bc’] as well as support for eight new lenses from Olympus and Leica. Beyond that, the update was focused on fixing a lot of the bugs users had experienced since updating to the major update release of version 11.0. Continue reading…

A Rare Military-Issued Leica M4 M is Up for Grabs on ebay

This Leica M4 M is one of the rare M4 cameras that can be used with with a motor drive.

Here’s another one for Leica fans and military memorabilia collectors out there. From the depths of ebay comes another rare Leica artifact – a US Military-issued Leica M4 M. If you missed your chance on the military version of the Leica KE-7A, you might want to make space on your shelves for this impressive piece.

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Leica’s New Lenses for The SL System Target Portrait Photographers

There’s the brand new APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2 ASPH. and the APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f2 ASPH.

If you have any major doubts about the Leica SL camera system, you should perhaps reconsider. Not only does it have a great sensor at the heart, but it also is built like an absolute tank of a camera. Is it expensive? Yes. But you’ll be getting a number of very nice lenses such as the newly announced Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2 ASPH. and the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f2 ASPH. These lenses are targeted at the portrait photographer and at photographers who want technical masterpieces from their glass.

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Review: Leica TL2 (The Camera I Never Thought I’d Like)

The Leica TL2 is more or less like an iPhone with interchangeable lenses. But the tech inside is really quite good.

When the Leica TL2 was offered to me for review, I was a bit on the fence about it. Though I had only spent brief periods of time with it in the past, I genuinely thought of it as something like the Canon Rebel of mirrorless cameras in the Leica lineup. But in truth, I was very wrong. The Leica TL2 is a mirrorless camera designed for rich enthusiasts. I wouldn’t do a job with it, even though I can, due to its quality. But what’s most amazing about the camera is not only its build quality, but the fact that it takes really great images. Part of this is thanks to the fantastic Leica lenses for the system. When you hold the Leica TL2, you begin to realize it is a piece of kit that really shouldn’t be discounted at all.

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Guess How Much This Leitz 50mm f1.2 Noctilux Lens Sold For

A legendary Leitz 50mm f1.2 Noctilux lens was recently sold on ebay.

Rarely seen and often talked about in Leica circles, a Leitz 50mm f1.2 Noctilux lens recently surfaced from the depths of ebay.  To make the already coveted lens even more enticing, a rare 12503 lens hood was also thrown in the sale. The listing has already ended, with the lens sold for a whopping US $20,750. Looks like an awesome find for one lucky buyer!

What makes this lens worthy of that much cash? Aside from the already luxurious Leica brand name, CameraQuest tells us that the 50mm f1.2 Noctilux is also a technological marvel in itself. It was designed by Walter Mandler, who is considered to be Leica’s best lens designer of all time. Introduced in 1966, the 50mm f1.2 was Leica’s very first Noctilux lens, not the f/1. It had two aspherical lens surfaces, which was reportedly very difficult to make. Mainly because of this difficulty, the lens was later replaced by the faster f/1 non-aspherical version beginning in 1976. Because it was only manufactured for nine years with around 200 units per year, we don’t see many 50mm 1.2 Noctilux lenses going around. Also, it remains the only 1.2 lens made for the Leica M mount.

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This Very Rare “Fake Leica” Will Set You Back Almost $100,000

Anyone interested in getting a very rare and very expensive “Fake Leica”? 

Attention camera collectors and Leica fans, here’s something you probably don’t have in your collection yet. There’s an ebay listing for a “Fake Leica” so rare that it fetches an insane US $99,995. However, you can’t shoot with it as it’s actually a stainless steel sculpture made by Chinese artist Liao Yibai.

If there’s a camera that would literally be an expensive paperweight, this piece would definitely fit the bill. According to the listing by Netherlands based Leica Store Lisse, this item is a smaller version of the giant stainless “Fake Leica” sculpture by Liao Yibai. It weighs 40 kg, measures 44.8 x 76.2 x 48.9 cm, and has the serial number 8/12. It will also come in the wooden crate especially designed for shipping.

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Ricoh GR-E Reported to Have 36MP Curved Full Frame Sensor, 28mm f2.4 Lens

If the Ricoh GR-E is real, then it’s time to get really excited.

If you’re a fan of the film Ricoh cameras, then you’ll probably be all over the Ricoh GR-E. A while back we reviewed a little known camera *CLEAR SARCASM SLAPPING YOU IN THE FACE RIGHT HERE* called the Ricoh GR II. It turned out to be a fantastic camera for street photography and for every day carry situations. Fans and I have been wondering if there would ever be an update. I have to tell you, it looked pretty dismal.

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This Leica and Angenieux Combo is a Match Made for the Super Rich

Here’s another vintage camera combo to make Leica fans swoon.

For many photographers, Leicas are already among the most expensive gear to have today. When you pair a critically acclaimed model from the 1980s with a rare Parisian portrait lens, you’ll have a vintage match made for a super rich photographer. Case in point is a Leica M4-P with a Angenieux Paris 90mm f/1.8 Type P1 lens that was recently listed on ebay.

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Leica CCD-Gate Woes Continue Even To This Day

Leica is showing that their customer service falls way behind their luxury pricetag.

You would not be thought down on if you had forgotten about Leica’s CCD-Gate problem with their M9 family of cameras and the CCD sensors that are housed within them. It has been a long time since all of that business went down, but if you happen to be an M9 owner the issue never truly went away. Earlier this year Leica announced that after August 15th, 2017 the free CCD replacement program the company implemented to mitigate the problem would end for cameras purchased more than 5 years ago.

But now stories are coming out that do not bode well for Leica owners who may have sent their cameras in to try and get the free CCD replacement before that deadline. Continue reading…

The US Military Issue Leica KE-7A is Yours for $24,898.85

Fancy and rare, is the US military issue Leica KE-7A in your vintage camera collection?

Are you a vintage camera collector or military history buff with some space in your shelves and some loads of cash to spare? There’s a rare Military Version Leica KE-7A currently up for grabs on ebay that you can add to your collection.

The black Leica KE-7A, in great condition, posted by ebay seller mkkamera_us can be yours for a whopping US $24,898.85. This actually seems like a good deal, if you consider the fact that there was once a mint and sealed complete set that went for a staggering US $45,000 as we reported last year.

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The Impact of Social Media in Photography (And Popularity)

This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. This blog post and images are being syndicated from Horatio Tan with exclusive permissions.

Often times, I’ve been asked why Anna doesn’t pose… or rather, why she doesn’t pose like a model on this blog. In a manner of speaking, Anna isn’t functioning in the capacity of a model, which is why she’s not posing like one. Frankly, it wouldn’t make sense for her to do something like that. When someone poses – like a model – what they’re really doing is optimizing the presentation of a given photo opportunity. But in doing that, something happens to the image capture, which makes it look manufactured.

Early on, I knew I didn’t want to present that look for this blog. From my perspective, staging photo opportunities with deliberate poses have become all too common in our curated world of “insta-perfection”. But that is understandable, given how social media has changed the way we approach photography. It’s no longer enough that we take good photos. Now, we also want it to be liked. The more our photos are liked on social media, the more affirmation we get that our photos are good – that being the conventional wisdom.

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The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH Has All The Bokeh for $12,795

The Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH is bound to appeal to portrait photographers

It’s been some time since we’ve seen a truly super fast aperture lens from Leica, but today we’re getting the new Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f1.25 ASPH. This lens is designed for M mount cameras; but with a depth of field so shallow at f1.25 when shot wide open, I’d really ensure that your camera’s rangefinder is calibrated to the absolute best that it can be. It’s bound to appeal to portrait photographers and those who like Leica M mount lenses and then adapt them to their other camera systems will really appreciate what’s possible here. Leica lenses have always been incredibly sharp and gorgeous in their renditions, but they’re also really only been able to be fully realized by their own cameras because of the way that rangefinders work and how the light travels through their own lenses.

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Review: Leica CL Digital (Starring the New Leica 18mm f2.8)

The Leica CL digital is finally here; and it performs admirably.

The Leica CL digital is a camera I’ve been waiting a while for; almost 10 years now. But if you rewinded back to the technology world 10 years ago, you saw that mirrorless cameras weren’t even a thing yet, and the Leica M9 hadn’t even launched. Indeed, many photographers have been waiting for a Leica CL digital–something like an M series camera but smaller, more affordable and well built. The newly announced Leica CL digital has design cues harkening back to the original M series cameras but fully embracing the L mount system that is shared between the Leica TL series and the Leica SL series of cameras. With that said, the Leica CL digital houses an APS-C sensor at the heart. So while it isn’t an M mount camera or a full frame camera, it indeed does show Leica has been paying attention to folks.

The Leica CL digital performs very well in most situations; but I think my sentiment is shared with other Leica users that some sort of small M series camera would have been ideal.

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Review: Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap

I genuinely, highly applaud the small business and entrepreneurial spirits of the American manufacturing world in regards to cameras; and so when the Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap I was very keen to give it a try. Jason, who creates the straps and sent me an inquiry about them, stated that he designed them for Fujifilm camera users primarily but that they can work well with all sorts of mirrorless cameras. The strap is made of military-grade materials and is designed with simplicity in mind.

While the Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap nails functionality really well, it’s pretty ugly; and I’m really wondering if it belongs on my Leica CL.

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Making the Most of Mirrorless Cameras: An Introduction

When it comes down to it, there’s nothing magical about the mirror in traditional SLR cameras. While it performs a very specific function, the mirror isn’t required to take a photograph, and plenty of cameras in the pre- and post-digital eras already operate mirror-free. The rangefinder camera, for example, popularized by high-end manufacturer Leica, doesn’t use a mirror, relies on a viewfinder that’s separate from the lens. Compact digital cameras, the types you might stick in your pocket for vacation, also don’t use a mirror (although we’ll be talking about these types of cameras in a separate section).

While the design of the SLR camera is an elegant solution to some key issues with optics and physics, the fact that today’s cameras are still using roughly the same mechanical design as they were using around the end of the Korean War is staggering when you consider how other technology has evolved.

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Review: Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release Buttons

Fujifilm and Leica camera owners may really appreciate the Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons.

Though they may seem like just jewelry, the Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons have a fair amount of functionality to them as well as customization. You should know first and foremost that they’re made of Sterling Silver. That may sound a bit too bourgeois for some folks, but if you’re into customizations and a bit of the tactile experience, then you’ll understand how these can be really nice. For the uninitiated, soft shutter release buttons make the experience of pushing your camera shutter easier with less effort but without making them more sensitive. That doesn’t sound like such a big task until you actually experience it in person. I’d liken the experience to using an actual keyboard vs the one that you’ve got on the touchscreen device that many of you are using to read this blog post. There surely is a difference. I’d hate to write a long, essay format email on my iPhone 8 Plus but on my iMac’s Keyboard that would be significantly simpler to do. Synonymously, hammering a camera shutter over and over again can put some wear and tear on your fingers and hands in combination with typing on your phone, typing on a computer, etc.

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More Vintage Revivals, Leica Announces New Thambar-M 90mm F2.2

The Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 may make you fall in love with vintage optics all over again

Can any vintage or ‘legendary’ camera brands, products, or services of the past who are interested in being revived for modern photographers please raise their hands? We need to get a head count because it seems 2017 is the year of the revival in the photography world and that trend continues here today with Leica’s announcement of their ‘new’ Thambar-M 90mm F2.2. Continue reading…

I Find Fashion Photography So Boring; But Not Street Photography

For work I shoot commercial and fashion photography and really, it is so fucking boring. So in my own time I just love to photograph humanity. I want to turn the mundane into something beautiful. I think this helps me cope with life, making the ordinary extraordinary. I have a Leica Q and like to take my camera out when I walk my dog every day. At school I wanted to paint photos realistically but I was crap, so I figured I could just take photos instead. I really enjoyed it and got a rush from the results and I just never stopped.

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Report Claims Zenit’s Upcoming D1 Full Frame Mirrorless To Be Repackaged Leica M9

We have previously reported on Russian camera maker Zenit and their return to the market, as well as their rumored mirrorless camera projects. The company made waves when it was revealed that they were working on a full frame mirrorless system, raising eyebrows because to this point Sony remains the only player in that game besides Leica. Well, now we are getting new reports that this upcoming Zenit D1 mirrorless camera could be nothing more than the repackaged and repurposed guts of a Leica M9. A move that would be very interesting considering the history of other attempted rebrands.

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