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Leica Announces M3D Film Camera

Leica has quietly released what they bill as a "new edition of a legend" some three weeks ago. The film camera M3D. Based off of the current Leica M-A, albeit with a "reverse panda" look - black with chrome dials. It's based on the original Leica M3D, which was a very limited set of customized cameras; only four were made - and explains the "-5" in the name/photo above. This time, only 16 will be produced. Furthermore, it will have a film counter reminiscent of the M2, and both a film rewind knob and smaller shutter speed dial, complete with a cutout for a Leicameter. The rewind, frame preview and film wind levers are the old style. There even appears to be a PC sync port out back, a Leicavit on the bottom and a special edition Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens. All in all, a rather accurate reproduction - "new edition of a legend" indeed. Read more below for more details.

Leica a Benchmark for Apple Watch Sales?

An article over on Monday Note called "Apple Watch: Hard Questions, Facile Predictions" discusses potential sales numbers for the upcoming Apple Watch (which is set to to drop early next year). Okay, so the Leica connection is a bit tenuous, but we thought the mechanical camera corollary was interesting - to wit:

Unless you were a photojournalist or fashion photographer taking hundreds of pictures a day, these cameras lasted forever. A decade of use would come and go without impact on the quality of your pictures or the solid feel of the product. People treasured their Hasselblads, Leicas (not an SLR), Canons, and more obscure marques such as the Swiss Alpa... These were purely mechanical marvels.

Leica M-A Now Shipping in U.S.

The camera that we broke the news on, the Leica M-A (Type 127) film camera - is now shipping in the U.S. and is currently in stock at Adorama, Amazon, B&H and Leica Store San Francisco (currently only black models). The M-A was introduced by Leica at Photokina 2014 - and unlike the MP, it does not have a light meter and is fully mechanical (it does not require batteries to operate).

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Kodak - Booyah!

This is actually an older video (from at least 2006) but that actually makes it funnier today... Or sadder, depending on how you look at it. Enjoy this "Kodak moment(TM)." Read more below!


Famous James Bond Leicas Up for Auction?

Remember those Leica cameras that secret agent James Bond (007) made famous? Like the Leica M3 in "Dr. No" or the one in "Thunderball?" Well, now's your chance to pick one up (sort of) - at Richard Winterton’s autumn fine art and collectors’ sale next Tuesday (September 30, 2014) in Lichfield, UK. Read more about it in "James Bond bonanza for 007 fans at Lichfield auction." However, if you view the online catalog of the auction, you realize that they're really just Leica IIIc cameras, and have nothing to do with James Bond. Just clever marketing. Oh well.

The auction also includes several iconic Leica cameras, a brand featured in Thunderball and other original novels...

Sony A7 Sensor In a Leica M3?

Ollie Baker, who has made previous Frankencameras has started a Kickstarter project to fund his latest project - to develop an easy and reversible digital conversion on a Leica M3, utilizing the sensor of a Sony A7:

I will be placing a digital sensor within the M3 with all the circuitry and electronics it requires to work. The sensor will probably be from the Sony NEX-5 but if I can get enough funding I will try to use the the full frame Sony A7. I am planning to make two models, one with a the camera's LCD for viewing photos and adjusting settings, and the other with only an ISO dial.

Epson Announces v800/v850 Flatbed Scanners

A lot of our readers are dyed-in-the-wool film shooters, be it 35mm with a Leica or 120 medium format. One range of scanners that's been super popular are the EPSON Perfection v700 Photo and v750-M Pro scanners. Especially when fitted with Doug's betterscanning.com enhancements. You can count us among the happy users of the v700 for film scanning! Well, at Photokina 2014 - EPSON (Stand B11, Hall 2.2) has announced the new successors, the v800 Photo and v850 Pro scanners. Both will be available as of October 2014! Read more below for details!

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