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Novoflex LEM/LER Adapter Goes 6-Bit

While we're all waiting anxiously (last said to begin shipping mid-August) on the new Leica R-Adapter M (pictured above) there's another high-quality adapter available, the Novoflex LEM/LER Adapter. Unfortunately, while the quality was there and comparable to Leica's... Until recently, the downside was the lack of proper 6-bit coding. We've received reports that the latest versions are now shipping with improved, functioning 6-bit coding in place, which serves to bring up the R lens menu on the Leica M! Another bonus is the price, as the Novoflex adapter is $270 and available today - whereas Leica's is $310 - with no word on availability. Dust off those R lenses!

Leica F/0.95 Noctilux Review/Thoughts

Scott Morvay created this video and writes, "This is not really a Lens review just some thoughts on it. I am a passionate Leica shooter and use the 50mm .95 As my only M lens. Please note there are minor artifacts in the images from the video sampling/conversion."

Leica F/0.95 Noctilux Review/Thoughts


Peter Karbe Explains Vario-Elmar

Even before the new "Mini M" was announced, the leaked specs pointed to a "slow zoom." Once it became clear that it was actually the X Vario, many lamented the choice to produce such a lens. Turns out, there are reasons it's as "slow" as it is; namely image quality and compactness. Leica's top lens designer, Peter Karbe discusses the specifics in A Look Through the Vario-Elmar Lens.

It's worth noting that since its release, the X Vario has received practically nothing but rave reviews and the images shared have been stunning...

Trouble with Leica Flagship Summicron?

Starting about three months ago, more and more people that own Leica's latest flagship lens, the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH are noticing veiling and other flare. It ranges from mild (but noticeable) veiling flare to rather startling multi-ringed flare (at its worst). There is speculation that interior blackening/flocking (baffling) of the lens - or possibly multiple silver rings/beveled element edges (visible inside the lens from the front) are causing unwanted reflections. Some are even suggesting "not to shoot into the sun" or "stick to shooting at f/2" and even the use of third-party hoods. This is quite a disheartening turn of events if true, considering this lens is Leica's "spare no expense" tour de force, especially considering the $7,195 USD cost. Read more below for important updates...


Zeiss Showcases New Distagon T* 1,4/55

Dr. Hubert Nasse, Staff Scientist at Carl Zeiss talks about the Distagon T* 1,4/55 the development of which he has shaped significantly. He shows examples of image results of this new lens that has been designed without compromise for imaging performance and will come out at the end of the year (in ZE/ZF mounts at least):

Carl Zeiss Lenses - High-end SLR lens Distagon T* 1,4/55

Voigtländer 21mm f/1.8 Ultron

Added today is the Voigtländer 21mm f/1.8 Ultron review!

A fast ultra-wide angle lens for the M mount that performs surprisingly well and represents exceptional value. We take an in-depth and illustrated look at every aspect of this lens.