Over the past years I used instant cameras quite a bit and experimented with the Impossible Project Instant Lab and their polaroid compatible film material to create instant images from digital photos. The Fujifilm instant film never was high on my list of priorities because I don’t like the formats they offer. Now might be a good time to give it another look. The Leica Sofort setup looks like a sweet deal.
For more information check out the article by WIRED.
The Leica Q is the newest compact camera manufactured by Leica in Wetzlar, Germany. It comes with a fixed Summilux 1.4/28mm lens, a full frame 24mp sensor and a built-in electronic viewfinder. I just tried it for a few minutes at the local Leica store in Hamburg, but as far as I can tell, it’s awesome.
I really like the feel and build quality of the camera. I never was a fan of an optical viewfinder, but this one seriously makes up for previous shortcomings. It is bright, responsive and feels almost natural. The lens seems to be one of the best I have every tried in terms of handling and the macro mode surely comes in handy. This is in fact something all Leica M lenses cannot match. I can not say much about the optical qualities of the lens since I only tried it in the store. But as far as the reviews go, it just might be an awesome piece of glass.
For a more detailed look in addition to Jay’s, check out some of the reviews:
There will be just 125 sets available, containing a custom Leica M-P (240), a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 and a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens (and a briefcase), all finished by hand of course and priced at $24,500.
This is quite ridiculously priced with a $ 13,500 premium compared to regular retail price of the standard model. Anyway, it is unique for sure.
For true Leica aficionados or anyone who is in interested in the evolution of 35mm photography and the 100 year history of Leica photography, there is an exhibition at the Hamburg Deichtorhallen you don’t want to miss: EYES WIDE OPEN! 100 YEARS OF LEICA PHOTOGRAPHYOctober 24, 2014 − January 11, 2015.
A truly superlative Leica exhibition has opened at the Haus der Photographie at Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen. In addition to showing 500 photographs, there are technical exhibits, films and much more to attract photo enthusiasts to the city. LFI talked to the curator Hans-Michael Koetzle, to the photographers Ulrich Mack, F. C. Gundlach and Rudi Meisel and to Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of Leica’s supervisory board.
Apparently, there is a new Leica Shop or Boutique in the making in San Francisco at 463 Bush St. No sign indicates, when it will be opening – but a notice says, building operations will continue until July 3 2014.
Leica Store San Francisco
Leica Store San Francisco
Unfortunately, I won’t be around by then but maybe you will be there to take a look…
Leica introduced a new camera system with interchangeable lenses and a new Leica T mount, the Leica T. It is supposed to be positioned between Leica’s X lineup and the M System and is priced at 1.500 € for the body and about the same for each of the two lenses available at launch, a Leica Summicron-T 2,0/23mm and a Leica Vario-Elmar-T 3,5-5,6/18-56mm.
Apart from the camera itself, I was particularly interested in the lenses. They are supposedly made in Japan to Leica specs, but not by Panasonic. The Vario-Elmar-T 3,5-5,6/18-56mm is to slow for my taste, although it seems to be a pretty decent lens for the money according to the reviews. Most interesting is the Summicron-T 2,0/23mm since it is equivalent to 35mm in the 35mm format. It basically is the focal length of the legendary Leica lenses for reportage photography. With an F2.0 it might even be suitable for available light situations.
There is one curious thing to note about this 23mm lens. While the lens is rated at f/2.0, when it is at its minimum focusing distance (~0.3m) the lens is an f/2.8 lens, backing up a little bit, the lens will become an f/2.5 and then an f/2.2 lens and then finally an f/2.0 lens. This is a little bit deceptive and something that users should take note of. This is not anything particularly unique to this lens, other lenses like the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 G macro lens suffers from a similar difficulty which is something that you must be aware of when shooting. Now, with this particular lens, this is not an issue since its already an ultra-fast f/2.0 lens but it is something that you should be aware of.
Although it is not uncommon, I would not appreciate this lens from Leica that much. If this is true and can be verified, the lens becomes far more unattractive and pretty much kills my interest in this system. F2.0 might be pretty fast, but still the minimum requirement for me personally. A defact 2.8 lens would not be the right choice for me.
There is an M-Adapter T, allowing M-Lenses to be mounted. That’s a good thing for any M owners, I guess. But for anyone looking for an attractive entry point into the Leica ecosystem, I am not so sure.
I will take a look at the camera at our local Leica dealer in Hamburg, Meister Camera. If I think it is worth the effort, I will report back.