Submitted by Double Negative on September 16, 2014 - 4:20am
Leica has announced a new generation of Leica Summarit-M-Lenses. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodised finishes. Read more below for details!
Submitted by Double Negative on September 16, 2014 - 3:31am
At Photokina 2014 today, Zeiss has announced a long awaited new lens - the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM lens! At a maximum aperture of f/1.4, this lens creates a pleasing bokeh, which optically enhances the background as the main composition element. At the same time it directs attention to the main motif in the foreground. Optimized for digital sensors, the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM also stands out for its excellent flat image field. Thanks to the Distagon’s optical design, the lens delivers a high resolution across the entire image field. See the Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM lens datasheet for technical specs. Zeiss has confirmed that the lens has FLE, with no noticeable focus shift. Read more below for details!
Submitted by Double Negative on September 12, 2014 - 12:27pm
Submitted by Double Negative on September 8, 2014 - 7:54pm
The guys over at DigitalRev TV try to answer the age old question, "what's the best first prime lens?" For Leica shooters perhaps especially, this is a critical question. Should you choose a 35mm? Or a 50mm? Although the lenses shown are Canon EF, the logic applies just the same. Though it will depend on if you're shooting a crop sensor (APS-C) camera or full frame. Keep that in mind.
Choosing your first prime lens is like choosing your first love, we all know how that feels when you make the wrong choice. So which lens should you buy?
Submitted by Double Negative on September 4, 2014 - 6:11am
We don't have much information at this point yet, other than this is likely the Zeiss ZM lens we've been waiting for - for quite some time now. Turns out this is finally the year, and they will announce a Distagon 1,4/35 ZM at Photokina 2014! We have high hopes; check out our review of the 2/35 Biogon ZM lens. You'll recall the original promise:
For fans of the Carl Zeiss family of ZM systems for rangefinder cameras, Carl Zeiss has a special surprise in store. In 2013, at least one fast lens with M bayonet will go on sale. Using lenses from the ZM series with adapters is also very popular on mirrorless system cameras.
Submitted by Double Negative on August 7, 2014 - 8:49am
Submitted by Double Negative on June 11, 2014 - 7:46pm
Leica just six months ago (on January 1, 2014) increased lens prices for many M lenses, but there's a new round of increases coming. This time for mostly S-System lenses, though one M lens and a couple of binoculars are also affected. The increase is effective July 1, 2014 - and dealers will honor the current prices until the end of the day on June 30, 2014 provided the items are currently in stock or available for immediate delivery by Leica Camera. If you pre-order the item before then, the price will be honored regardless of how long it takes to fulfill the order. Read more below for details!