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Helga Welter, Leica Shooter for 50 Years

The General-Anzeiger in Bonn, Germany reports (in German) "Photographer for 50 Years in Aegidienberg" - an inspiring story about Helga Welter, who 50 years ago bought an M2 and gained her independence by starting her own photography business, still shooting with it today! Read more below for the translation...

NYT Article on Leicas and Prices

Leica being mentioned in the New York Times is nothing new, but there's a new article in town called, "Leica Cameras Have Eye-Popping Prices, With Photos to Match." It suggests that a manual focus Leica camera costing $20k may be a little "ridiculous." The author, Nick Bilton, goes on to describe Leica's current offerings along with his own setup. Everyone's favorite "expert" Rockwell even makes an appearance.

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Converting to a Coded M Lens Mount

Added today is the Converting to a Coded M Lens Mount article!

Follow along in this illustrated HOW-TO as we upgrade a Leica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8 lens from uncoded to permanently coded for $15 in 15 minutes!

Many thanks to PetaPixel for picking this up! We've also massively overhauled our Leica Lens Codes article to include all of Leica's latest lenses and a ton of additional new information. Consider it your one-stop shop for everything related to Leica lens codes.

"Click if You Can Afford It" Writes NYT

Alex Williams interviewed yours truly for the "Click if You Can Afford It" article, which explores the increasing trend of celebrities being seen carrying a Leica. Sweet! Read more below for the reprint (and photo) or if you can't access it.

What is a "Good" Lens?

Just posted today, the What is a "Good" Lens? article!

Does newer, more expensive necessarily mean better? What makes a "good" lens mechnically and optically? More of an intro piece than advanced discussion.

Anti-Aliasing Filter Primer

Added today is the Anti-Aliasing Filter Primer article.

When designing the digital M cameras, Leica made two very important decisions regarding the sensor in an effort to maximize the sharpness of the image. Borrowing a page from more pro-level, medium format digital backs and eliminating the anti-aliasing filter being one of them. This article looks at how the lack of an anti-aliasing filter affects images from the digital M cameras.

The Rangefinder Difference


Added today is The Rangefinder Difference article.

There's no limit to the variety of cameras available today, but they do all fall into a variety of design categories. From SLR (Single Lens Reflex) to the new, so-called "mirrorless" cameras. Another category is the rangefinder, which is the basis for Leica M bodies. In fact, the "M" stands for the German word for rangefinder - Messsucher. In this article we'll take a look at some of the pros and cons to the platform.

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