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Update on Leica Production

In an article on mittlehessen.de (translate to English) we can glean a few details about Leica's production - where it stands and perhaps more importantly - where it's headed. Here are a few key points worth noting...

Tip of the Week (#006) - Self Timer

The self timer. More useful than you think, especially on the M9. When in bulb mode you can hit the shutter button once to open the shutter and the LCD will count up the seconds (up to 240). Just hit the shutter button again to close the shutter. On the Ti M9 it's the only way to use bulb since it lacks a threaded cable release socket. The M7 and M8's LCD work the same way (going up to 999), but you'll need a locking cable release to keep the shutter button down. New on the M9 is the ability to disable it altogether to prevent accidental activation.

Lens Primer - Advanced Topics

Added today is the Lens Primer - Advanced Topics article.

The third article of the series, this one gets into more advanced topics such as optical aberrations, lens design elements, ergonomics, bokeh and more.

Leica Posts Q1 Results for 2011/2012 Fiscal Year

Leica Camera AG has released the Q1 results for the 2011/2012 fiscal year, and things are looking good indeed. Sales are up 28.7% over the same quarter in the previous fiscal year, and the number of employees has risen. Sales are strong globally and expected to continue growing. Perhaps also of note is that Leica is "taking steps to improve stock availability."

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Heliopan Announces Vario ND Filter

Heliopan has announced the new Vario ND filter, a variable neutral-density filter. This is great news as some of the other options available currently are just not usable. Unfortunately, at least for now - the available sizes of the new filter run from 52-82mm. List price ranges from €140-220,- (incl. 19% MwSt.). However, there are still some lenses that can use it, such as the Cosina/Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 (52mm) and 50mm f/1.1 (58mm) Noktons and of course, the Leica Noctiluxes (with step-up rings). Here's the press release:

Lens Primer - Creative Controls

Added today is the Lens Primer - Creative Controls article.

The second article of the series, this one delves into the creative aspects of a lens. Using focus and depth of field, perspective and even "signature" in creative ways.

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