Submitted by Double Negative on August 5, 2015 - 10:19am
In an article over on Apple Mac site Cult of Mac called "Leica invented autofocus, then abandoned it" they take a look at how Leica spent nearly 20 years patenting technology in the late 70s that would take focusing out of the hands of the photographer - but then dropped it, figuring its customers already knew how to focus their cameras. Leica used its Leicaflex SL2 for the autofocus prototype and used a a 50mm lens with a servo motor. Two LEDs on top of the viewfinder assisted in detecting the highest contrast of a subject, while the motor turned the focus ring. Surprisingly, it worked well in low light but wasn’t that fast, because it took a number of gears for the motor to generate enough torque to turn the focus ring. Furthermore, the motor housing was converted to hold six batteries that lasted only an hour! Leica sold the technology to Minolta, which marketed the first successful autofocus SLR with the Minolta Maxxum 7000 just five years later...
Submitted by Double Negative on August 5, 2015 - 10:07am
Submitted by Double Negative on July 14, 2015 - 10:46am
Perhaps you shouldn't be surprised that Leica cameras appear in lists of "the most expensive cameras." But there's so many things wrong with that. Consumer... Professional... Or special purpose, like the Hubble Space Telescope? Well, it must be that time of year again, as Insider Monkey (a financial trading site, actually) has compiled a list of the "11 Most Expensive Digital Cameras." So take this article with a grain of salt (or three)... As Leica appears not once, not twice - but four times on this list!
Submitted by Double Negative on July 8, 2015 - 12:06pm
Leica today has finally released the v184.108.40.206 firmware that made a brief appearance - but quickly disappeared recently. The whopping list of improvements include a new menu item and some bugfixes for freezes occurring during the use of Live View or Video modes. Read more below for details and download links!
Submitted by Double Negative on June 26, 2015 - 10:28am
In an article over on Germany's ColorFoto website, there's a discussion by "Leica on the future of sensor technology" (in German). A lot of interesting bits on the sensor of the M and using both R lenses and classic M lenses on it, some CMOS vs. CCD and even the future of the S system. Well worth checking out. Read more below for translation!
Submitted by Double Negative on June 24, 2015 - 2:39pm
As investigative journalists and generally just downright nosy bastards... We're not too keen on Leica Camera's secrecy behind the new Leica Q (Type 116) camera. For example, who made the sensor? We're assured by Leica that "The sensor is a newly exclusively developed one for the Q. Nothing to do with the M sensor or CMOSIS." So then, who is it made by? Sanyo/Panasonic? Sony? We intend to find out! Check out our budding WHO MADE YQU? Kickstarter campaign! If there's enough interest, we'll go live - and do it! Once complete, we'll auction the camera and donate the proceeds (minus any overhead) to Kinderlachen e.V.
Submitted by Double Negative on June 24, 2015 - 11:25am
We've come across a report from a user that shoots his new Leica Q (Type 116) while wearing eyeglasses... And unfortunately, this is not a happy report. It would seem that the multi-coated EVF can be easily scratched. What you see above (larger image) is the result of only two and a half days of shooting! These are actual marks in the coating and not just smudges that can be cleaned - likely caused by the metal bridge of the eyeglasses. So far, this is the only incident that we're aware of - but we wanted to give you a heads-up before it happens to your Q!