La Vida Leica and Zeiss

If you haven't noticed, our reviews of several ZM lenses have been recognized and are now listed on the Zeiss website! We're quite chuffed - thanks, Zeiss! Read more below for the complete list of pages featuring our reviews...

Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Added today is the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH review.

The Leica Noctilux - a lens that immediately conjures up a variety of responses from photographers, even those that don't shoot a Leica. The lens enjoys an almost mythical status as it belongs to a very select club of ultra-fast lenses. Few commercially available lenses can boast a speed of f/1 (let alone f/0.95). It is also much sought after due to a distinctive character that combines a razor-thin depth of field and relatively strong vignetting when shot wide open. How does the latest incarnation stack up?

Anti-Aliasing Filter Primer

Added today is the Anti-Aliasing Filter Primer article.

When designing the digital M cameras, Leica made two very important decisions regarding the sensor in an effort to maximize the sharpness of the image. Borrowing a page from more pro-level, medium format digital backs and eliminating the anti-aliasing filter being one of them. This article looks at how the lack of an anti-aliasing filter affects images from the digital M cameras.

The Rangefinder Difference

Added today is The Rangefinder Difference article.

There's no limit to the variety of cameras available today, but they do all fall into a variety of design categories. From SLR (Single Lens Reflex) to the new, so-called "mirrorless" cameras. Another category is the rangefinder, which is the basis for Leica M bodies. In fact, the "M" stands for the German word for rangefinder - Messsucher. In this article we'll take a look at some of the pros and cons to the platform.

Why Buy Leica?

Added today is the Why Buy Leica? article.

An article that explores the various reasons to consider a Leica system as a photographic tool, rather than merely as an object of desire or luxury good.

Quick Guide to Developing Film at Home

Added today is the Quick Guide to Developing Film at Home article.

Everything you need to know to get started developing your own black and white film at home, from supplies needed to procedures and considerations. It's not as hard as it might sound and you can do it right in your kitchen or spare bathroom without needing a dedicated darkroom...