Feb 072014
Turn your Leica M into a compact kit with the Leica/Leitz Elmar f/3.5 50mm vintage lens

Leica M cameras are reknowned for their great full-frame performance coupled with the pure luxury feeling using precision tools for advanced manual photography. Prior to the new Sony Alpha A7/A7r the Leica M happened to be the smallest full-frame system camera in the market. Featuring comparatively small sized manual lenses does indeed make a luxury package Leica kit possible that fits into a medium size bag, but small does not necessarily mean compact. There is one lens however, that can make this dream come true – a vintage collapsible Leica (or rather Leitz) lens that still is readily available on the secondary market. It can can be found for as little as 100-300 $/€ depending on the condition it is in. Very often you can […]

Sep 252013
Camera Opinion: Leica C - another compact camera...

The new Leica C (Typ 112) was unveiled a short time ago. It will be available in October and be priced around € 600,-. It might well be a sufficiently nice compact camera, but since I cannot see much of a difference to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, I do not feel a great urge to go into any detail about this Leica offspring. If I decide to do a full review at all, I will write about the Panasonic later. I always prefer the original. By the way – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 can be had for around € 450,-. Of course there are differences (e.g. Leica adding a free Lightroom license) – but all in all this Leica compact does not thrill me much. IMO […]

Aug 092013
Leica C Typ 112 - the real "Mini M" or just another compact?

The previous marketing campaign for the “Mini M” was seen as misleading by many Leicaphiles who were hoping for a new kind of Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) with some brand new features from Leica. All they got was the Leica X Vario Typ 107. The final unveiling of this camera was a great disappointment (at least to me) and certainly was not what most people were expecting. See my earlier report via this link. Now there is a bit of hope for all who have patiently waited for a Leica mirrorless camera with better features giving an alternative to the bigger, manual focus Leica M. Several sites have reported a recent filing of a Leica C (Typ 112) with the Taiwan National Communications Commission (NCC) […]

Jun 202013
Camera Opinion: Leica D-Lux 6 Edition by G-Star RAW

Leica has announced a new fancy version of the popular Leica D-Lux pocket camera. “In collaboration with G-Star, the Dutch denim label, Leica is proud to present a limited special edition of the Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera. Inspired by the successful G-Star RAW collection, the new Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ features an unusual colour concept, is finished in the typical RAW design, and features the inscription ‘LEICA BY G-STAR RAW … JUST THE PRODUCT.’” You can check all the details on the Leica site. Designwise it certainly is a nice little cam. No doubt G-Star was able to spice it all up and create a new look for the D-Lux. But remember, technically this still is the same Leica D-Lux 6 […]

Jun 112013
Camera Opinion: Leica X Vario Typ 107 “Mini M“

The new Leica camera proclaimed as „Mini M“ has finally been unveiled. It is called the Leica X Vario (also denoted as Typ 107). A big marketing campaign with teasers of a closed box opening a little bit further each time as the campaign unraveled created a lot of buzz. Loads of speculative threads appeared on the net and Leica fans got all excited. There were great expectations that finally there would be a Leica product that could compete with the likes of the Fuji X100s or even the Sony RX1. There were numerous rumors and hopes went high. The “Mini M” might be full frame, incorporate a viewfinder and feature a fast fixed lens. None of that came true. A strangely leaked iPad image […]

May 232013
Leica Mini M on 11th of June

Leica today announced that it is going to add a new “family member” to the M line of cameras. They are teasing on their website and on Facebook with the image you can see below. A new Mini M does not come as a complete surprise but the timing of the announcement might have caught a few Leica followers off-guard. The question is, what will the new camera have to offer? It is slotted right in between the full-frame M and the X2. This new Mini M could well be the highly anticipated APS-C version of an M-mount camera with Live View, maybe even featuring the previously missing built-in EVF (electronic viewfinder). The OVF (optical viewfinder) would remain available only in the “big M” but all […]

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