Content having to do with good old-fashioned analog film.

Leica Announces Leica M-A (Type 127)

Finally, after 14 years Leica Camera again announces a new rangefinder film camera – the Leica M-A (Type 127). The features are identical to the still available (and will remain that way!) Leica MP - but lacks exposure metering, a battery or any even electronics at all. The Leica M-A was actually introduced earlier as part of the Leica M "Edition 100" set introduced during the inauguration of the new Leitz Park in spring. We broke the news that this camera would be part of the regular line-up! This regular version will be available in black or silver chrome and available from authorized Leica dealers starting October 2014. The price in Germany is 3,850 €, international prices will be announced later. Read more below for details!

Leica to Announce New Film Leica M-A

Exclusive La Vida Leica news - we have word that Leica will be announcing a successor (and not a special edition) to the fabled Leica MP film camera among the New Leica Products at Photokina 2014! Likely during the 60 Years of Leica M event on the first day of the show. It will be called the Leica M-A. Don't expect huge changes, but subtle updates to the design, a better rangefinder and the return of the rewind crank (as it is no longer available separately)! It will be a standalone version similar to the one we saw introduced in the Leica M Edition 100 set earlier this year, albeit in a regular, rather than stainless steel body (just like the upcoming Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH). Read more below for details!

Why I Love My Leica

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". Read more below!

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…'

Kodak Discontinues BW400CN Film

Kodak has discontinued BW400CN film effective August 14, 2014. Billed as "The world's finest-grained chromogenic film" it used the C-41 processing for black and white photography. If you're a fan, you can still find some BW400CN film at B&H, Adorama and Amazon. Read more below for details - and an update from Ilford!


Developing Color Film with the C41 Process

In this YouTube video, Photography_Bloke takes a look at developing color film using the C-41 developing process - color film is actually fairly straightforward to develop, but it does involve a few additional steps and is more critical in regards to time and temperature than the traditional black and white process. You can buy black and white film designed for the C-41 process, and this video applies equally to this type of film.

HCB: The Decisive Moment Back in Print

Until now, if you wanted to get your hands on a copy of this sixty two year old book, you had to search through online marketplaces for a used copy - and chances were, if you found one, it would cost you $500 or more. While some of that "original printing" magic might be gone with a new copy, saving $400 may well be worth it. Recreated from the original book by publisher Steidl, they have taken every detail into account to create an exact copy. The only change over the original is an additional booklet with the history of The Decisive Moment by Clément Chéroux. It's 10x14" and 160 pages. Pre-order your copy of Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment ($92.98 USD w/free shipping) now! You will receive your book sometime after October 31st, 2014 when they start to ship. Read more below for details.

A German Rebel in South Africa

The New York Times Lens Blog has a story about Jürgen Schadeberg (a Leica shooter) and some of his documentary work in South Africa in a piece called "A German Rebel in South Africa." Starting with coverage of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1950s, to returning in 1985 to live with his wife, Claudia, and began making documentary films about apartheid, Drum, South African jazz and the history of Robben Island. After Nelson Mandela was freed in 1990, he and his wife were invited to his house for a New Year’s Eve party. Mr. Schadeberg continued to publish photography books on social justice, and he filmed the first free elections in 1994 for a documentary he and his wife made.