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In Focus: Camera That Cliqued

Times Live in South Africa is running a piece on Leica called "In Focus: Camera That Cliqued" which is another one of those (brief) centennial pieces on the history of Leica and the cameras. The interesting bit is at the end... Read more below.

Leica: 100 Years of Capturing the Moment

The Telegraph has an article called "Leica: 100 years of capturing the moment." It's a brief, whirlwind tour of a century of Leica photography - from Oskar Barnack's Ur Leica to the Leica 1 and later Leica M. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Robert Capa and William Eggleston are mentioned, of course. Wrapping up the article is the move to digital. Another article explores "Leica Looks to the Future."

Leica "Unsurpassable" in Portugal

The Portuguese consumer union Proteste states that "Leica is unsurpassable in the art of shooting" in a published poll of 22,000 consumers, in their monthly magazine (#355/March 2014). In the results, Leica leads in both general satisfaction at 83% and reliability at 99% which are ahead of Panasonic in second place with 79% and 97%, respectively and Canon in third at 79% and 96%. Interestingly, 10% of respondents had problems with the battery. Also interesting is that Sony, Fujifilm and Samsung ranked lowest (though admittedly not that much lower, relatively).

Engadget Guides to Street Photography

Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it... In an original series of "Guides to Street Photography" over on Engadget they've released their latest article and the last of the trilogy, called Gavin Harrison's smartphone art - the previous releases include Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus and Antonio Olmos and the dark art of manual exposure. Worth checking out.

HOW-TO on Digital M User Profiles

Quite some time ago, back when the site first started - we did a series of posts called "Tip of the Week" (ToW). One of them was called, Digital B&W Shooting and touched upon using what are called user profiles. They're not discussed much, even in the Leica camera manuals and perhaps even misunderstood. We decided to finally expand upon that original post and fix this shortcoming with an all-new article, Utlilizing Digital M User Profiles. It explains in detail the how, why and what of user profiles!

Paying More for the Leica Name

In the article "Paying More for the Leica Name" the New York Times once again brings up the notion of Leica as a luxury brand, status symbol and a product with a premium price (sound familiar?). All they're missing is a celebrity connection. This time, the focus of their ire is the new Leica C (Type 112) and how it compares to the similar Panasonic LF1 upon which it's based. To be fair, they mention the fact that the camera comes with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (which retails for $140 USD) and brings the difference in price between it and the Panasonic LF1 down from $200 to about $60. The Leica C also comes with a two year warranty and custom firmware. The Leica C is available in Light-gold and Dark-red now. Read more below for video.