Submitted by Double Negative on August 24, 2014 - 8:31am
From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Annie Leibovitz, many of the 20th century's most defining images were shot on a Leica. Our technology columnist, a lifelong fan, tells the story of the camera that almost died and was triumphantly reborn in the digital age in the Guardian article, "Why I love my Leica".
John Naughton bought his first Leica when he was a graduate student at Cambridge... 'It was a second-hand M2 with a 35mm Summilux lens and foolishly extravagant for a skint young scholar. In retrospect, though, it was one of the wisest purchases I ever made – not because it was an investment (though it could have been that) but because it taught me everything I know about photography. It forced me to think about what John Berger called "ways of seeing" rather than merely taking shots. It also pulled a comforting rug from under my feet: no longer could I blame my inferior work on the cheap lenses and crappy cameras that were all I could afford. With the same kit as Henri Cartier-Bresson, if I failed in the quest for the perfect picture then I only had myself to blame. Forty years on, that's still the position. Still, tomorrow's another day…'
Submitted by Double Negative on August 21, 2014 - 9:28am
We bring you this breaking news - in an update to the standard Leica M (Type 240), Leica is announcing ahead of Photokina 2014 - the new Leica M-P model! New features include an extended two gigabytes of buffer memory, which is twice as large compared to the Leica M, a sapphire LCD cover (in place of the M's Gorilla Glass) and the return of the frame preview lever! It also features the classic, traditional "Leica" script on the top plate and lacks the red Leica roundel in the front. It will be available in black and silver models which you can pre-order now for $7,950 USD! But if you want a regular M, better hurry - the price is going up $300! See what else might be coming at Photokina! Read more below for details and photos!
Submitted by Double Negative on August 20, 2014 - 10:51am
Leica UK is recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Leica M system (a milestone we've been talking about for a while, which seems to have gotten lost in all the centennial celebrations) by offering current Leica M* owners to exchange their camera (for credit) towards the latest M (Type 240). Read more below for details!
Submitted by Double Negative on August 15, 2014 - 9:48am
That time is upon us once again - the biennial Photokina 2014 show in Cologne, Germany. We've already posted about the official Leica schedule of events... Now it's time to enter the murky area of new products we might see (as we did in 2012). Below is what we're expecting based on the year's news so far, and we'll of course keep you updated on the very latest developments right here! Read more below for all the details!
Submitted by Double Negative on June 17, 2014 - 8:56am
We're hearing rumors that Leica might introduce a replacement to the Leica M-E at Photokina 2014 - a camera that only La Vida Leica saw coming at Photokina 2012 ahead of its release! It may carry the name "M-S" or "M-E2" and feature the same 18MP CCD sensor with an upgraded LCD screen and a new battery - probably from the Leica M (Type 240).
Submitted by Double Negative on May 29, 2014 - 7:09pm
We actually posted this to our Facebook page yesterday (which has since been picked up by others) but wanted to share the information here as well - along with a few very important caveats. On M9 class cameras, that is, M9, M9-P, M Monochrom and M-E - you can enter factory service/debug mode with a particular button sequence, revealing a host of options from explicit firmware details, testing the rear LCD with an RGBW sequence, to tweaking particular bits on or off and more... The meaning of which only Leica Camera knows for sure (we don't). Read more below for details!