Anything to do with photographic lenses - see also Gear.

Update on Leica Production

In an article on mittlehessen.de (translate to English) we can glean a few details about Leica's production - where it stands and perhaps more importantly - where it's headed. Here are a few key points worth noting...

Lens Primer - Advanced Topics

Added today is the Lens Primer - Advanced Topics article.

The third article of the series, this one gets into more advanced topics such as optical aberrations, lens design elements, ergonomics, bokeh and more.

Heliopan Announces Vario ND Filter

Heliopan has announced the new Vario ND filter, a variable neutral-density filter. This is great news as some of the other options available currently are just not usable. Unfortunately, at least for now - the available sizes of the new filter run from 52-82mm. List price ranges from €140-220,- (incl. 19% MwSt.). However, there are still some lenses that can use it, such as the Cosina/Voigtländer 35mm f/1.2 (52mm) and 50mm f/1.1 (58mm) Noktons and of course, the Leica Noctiluxes (with step-up rings). Here's the press release:

Lens Primer - Creative Controls

Added today is the Lens Primer - Creative Controls article.

The second article of the series, this one delves into the creative aspects of a lens. Using focus and depth of field, perspective and even "signature" in creative ways.

Leica Compendium (2nd Edition) Shipping!

For those of you that missed the first, limited run of 1,000 of the Leica Compendium by Irwin Puts... And got your pre-orders in for the updated second edition - they're ready! Irwin posts on his blog:
First a simple announcement: the new print of the Leica compendium has been arrived at the distributors in Europe and I will start shipping the books from tomorrow (August 8). Past experience shows that it will take three weeks to arrive in USA, Canada, Australia and Far East.

Lens Primer - The Basics

Added today is the Lens Primer - The Basics article.

Choosing a lens involves a lot of decisions - including cost, optical specifications, lens mount and even its "signature." This article gets into the basic parameters of a lens and will be followed by a more in-depth article as part of a series. Call it "Lens 101."