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Leica Debuts Four More Cameras at Photokina, Charges $300 to Put a Red Dot on the LX100

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Today has been all Leica at Photokina, and we’re not even done yet. Beyond the new big guns in the S-series, the LCD-less digital rangefinder and the all-mechanical M-A film rangefinder, Leica also improved its compact camera lineup with a number of new additions.

Specifically, they announced the Leica X, Leica X-E, Leica D-LUX and Leica V-LUX. Read more…

external We Are a Camera: Experience and memory in the age of GoPro. —The New Yorker

Once the herd was gone, it was as though it’d never been there at all — Sasquatch, E.T., yeti. Pics or it didn’t happen. Still, one doesn’t often find oneself swept up in a stampede of wild animals. Might as well hope to wingsuit through a triple rainbow. So you’d think that, cameras or not, he’d remember the moment with some fondness. But no. “It was hell,” Chase says now.

When the agony of missing the shot trumps the joy of the experience worth shooting, the adventure athlete (climber, surfer, extreme skier) reveals himself to be something else: a filmmaker, a brand, a vessel for the creation of content.

 
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Rumor: Photo of a Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens Pops Up Online

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A photo of a previously-patented ultra-wide angle zoom lens leaked online earlier today, and it has the Canon faithful all atwitter in the hopes that the leaked image is indeed the real thing and not just some hoax playing on their hopes and dreams. Read more…

Artist Photographs His Adorable Bull Terrier Jimmy in Creative, Fun and Silly Situations

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Rafael Mantesso‘s dog, an adorable bull terrier named Jimmy Choo, is taking the Internet by storm today after Mantesso’s creative Instagram photos of Jimmy caught the attention of the world at large.

An artist and editor, Mantesso draws, dresses and otherwise inserts an unbelievably cooperative Jimmy into countless fun adventures on his Instagram account — from a screaming vocal performance, to a day spent with troublemaking cartoon duo Calvin and Hobbes. Read more…

external Printing With Digital Negatives —The Online Photographer

Photographer Carl Weese, expert in making platinum/palladium prints, goes into great technical detail on creating prints with digital negatives.

 
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Polaroid Shows Off Instagram Logo Lookalike ‘Socialmatic’ Camera at Photokina

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The long-awaited Polaroid ‘Socialmatic’ — a square camera that looks like the Instagram app logo (which was, of course, inspired by a Polaroid camera in the first place) — is one step closer to an official release. And now that Polaroid brought some prototypes with them to Photokina, the unwieldy digital instant camera is starting to look more and more like a potential flop. Read more…

Leica Releases 4K-Capable CMOS and ‘Entry-Level’ CCD S-Series Medium Format Cameras

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Looking to make its medium format S-series lineup a bit more robust, Leica unveiled two new S-series camera bodies and a new S-series lens at Photokina this morning. The two cameras are the ‘entry-level’ CCD-sensor Leica S-E (Type 006) and the ‘top-end’ 4K-capable CMOS-sensor Leica S (Type 007), and they’re joined by the Summicron-S 100mm f/2 lens. Read more…

external The Photographer Who Rejected Racism In The American South —BBC

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“Hugh Mangum created an environment that was respectful and very often playful in which people could genuinely reveal themselves – men and women, rich and poor, black and white,” says Sarah Stacke, who has curated an exhibition of the photographer’s work.

 
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Olympus Jumps On Lens Camera Bandwagon with ‘Open Platform’ Project

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It looks like Sony started something with its QX-series lens cameras. Olympus, with some help from MIT, is jumping on the bandwagon at Photokina where they’ve debuted a Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens module that is meant to connect up with your smartphone and tablet and be used much the same way the QX cameras are. Read more…

Leica Unveils the All-New, All-Mechanical M-A Film Rangefinder

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If removing the LCD from a digital rangefinder just isn’t retro enough for you, Leica has something that even the most adamant of purists won’t be able to dog. Dubbed the Leica M-A (Typ 127), this all-new film rangefinder is 100% mechanical: no built-in light meter, no electronic control, this beauty doesn’t even take batteries.

Forget the Nikon Df, THIS is ‘pure photography.’ Read more…