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Street Photos: Leica M9 + Kuala Lampur

Julie over on Le Blog Des Carnets De Traverse shared with us a wonderful, extensive set of street photos in "Street Photos: Leica M9 + Kuala Lampur" (in French). As the title alludes, they were all taken with the Leica M9 and Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH lens (shot wide open almost exclusively). A colorful snapshot of life there - merci, Julie!

PC Magazine Reviews Zeiss ZMs

If you're a regular of this site, you've probably seen our reviews of the Zeiss ZM lenses (2,8/25, 2/35, 1,5/50, 2/50 and overview). Today, Jim Fisher over on PC Mag has posted a slew of mini-reviews on most ZM lenses as well; check them out - 4/18, 2,8/21, 4,5/21, 2,8/25, 2,8/28, 2/35, 2,8/35, 2/50 and 4/85 ZMs.


Photozone Reviews the Noctilux

Photozone.de has just added their latest Leica lens review - the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. They clearly use a hard-number approach to quantify the technical aspects of the lens, and of course mention the price. Most users of this lens don't really regard any of that, instead going by the defining look that it lends to our images. Nevertheless, an interesting read just to see what's behind that look. As they remind us, it's not the most expensive (or fastest) lens that's the best. You'll recall that we have our own review of the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH as well.


Leica Summicron-C Lenses Are Here

Jon Fauer over at Film & Digital Times is reporting that the newest Leica cine lenses, the Summicron-C, are now available. Similar to the still camera lenses, the new Summicron-C lenses are T2.0 while the existing Summilux-C lenses are T1.4. This first release consists of six lenses (18, 25, 35, 50, 75 and 100mm) and will grow to ten (adding 21, 29, 40, and 135mm). The Summicron-C lenses are about 30% shorter and 20% lighter than the Summilux-C... Which is pretty impressive. Read more below for details.

Theft of $500K in Leica Cine Lenses

CPT Rental Inc. based out of Long Island City, NY is reporting that $500K USD worth of Leica Summilux-C (cine) lenses were stolen off of a shoot being conducted by Doug Emmet in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The incident is currently being investigated by detective Craig Marquez of the LAPD (case # 13022294) and can be reached at (213) 484-3479. The FBI is also involved. Any information or tips would be greatly appreciated. Read more below for lenses and serial numbers.

Leica S-System CS Lens Woes Ahead?

We've heard some rumblings through the grapevine and are working to get additional confirmation and details... Which are sketchy, but from what we've heard, it is believed that something related to the manufacture of the Central Shutter (CS) in Leica's S-System CS lenses... Has been seriously affected. As a side-note, Copal was known since March to be ceasing production with their last run "late this year" - so the timing is right, but we don't believe at this time that they're connected. Read more below for details.