Posts Tagged ‘leica’

Half a Million Dollars in Leica Movie Lenses and Other Gear Stolen from LA Film Set

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A late-breaking holiday shopping tip: If someone offers you a screamingly good deal on a Leica Summilux-C movie lens, be very suspicious. That’s because there’s currently $500,000 worth of stolen gear floating around the black market — including a $200K set of Summilux-C lenses — that was taken off the set of a Los Angeles film shoot.. Read more…

Leica Acquires Swiss Large Format View Camera Manufacturer Sinar

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Leica began its takeover of Swiss view camera manufacturer Sinar all the way back in 2006, when the German company acquired a 51% stake in Sinar from Jenoptik. The real goal, however, was only truly achieved yesterday when both companies announced via press release that they had reached an acquisition deal. Read more…

One-of-a-Kind Jony Ive (RED) Leica M Sells for a Whopping $1.8M at Charity Auction

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The one-of-a-kind Leica M created by world-famous designers Jony Ive and Mark Newson finally went up on the auction block yesterday, and it wound up fetching more than twice as much as auction house Sotheby’s highest estimate. Read more…

Mark Newson and Jony Ive Talk About the One-of-a-Kind Leica M (RED) Camera

We’ve heard a lot about the Leica M (RED) edition created by design gurus Mark Newson and Jony Ive, but up until now it’s all been press release information. Now, we have a video in which both Newson and Ive talk a little bit about the creations they’ve put together for the upcoming Sotheby’s (RED) auction on November 23rd, including a section about the aforementioned camera. Read more…

Extremely Rare Gold-Plated Leica Luxus II Could Fetch $1.6 Million At Auction

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This almost one-of-a-kind Leica camera — which was discovered as part of an Antiques Roadshow episode years ago — could sell for more than $1.6 million when it goes up for auction next month. Read more…

Attention Camera Marketing Departments: Tell Me About the Sensor

Since its spec sheet leaked on Monday, there’s been plenty of buzz surrounding Pentax’s newly-released K-3 APS-C DSLR. Many are particularly atwitter about the K-3’s unique anti-aliasing system, which relies on a vibrating sensor to remove moire-effects. Because it’s not filter-based, the effect can be turned off.

Therefore, the K-3 offers the moire-eliminating effect of an anti-aliasing filter when it’s needed, and the greater sharpness of a filterless sensor when it’s not. Not only do people care about this innovation, but for many it was a cardinal feature of the camera. Read more…

First Photos of the Special Edition Jony Ive-Designed Leica M Released

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We’ve heard a lot about the one-of-a-kind Jonathan Ive-designed Leica M as rumors turned to official word that the camera would be auctioned off at a (RED) auction in November, but until now, we had no clue what the thing actually looked like.

Admittedly, there’s only so much you can alter a Leica M, but now the company has finally released press images of the Ive-designed shooter, and as you might expect, it could be described as “unapologetically simple.” Read more…

One Millionth Leica and Modified Nikon F3 NASA Camera up for Auction at WestLicht

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Each year, the WestLicht Photographica auction house puts some incredible historic cameras on the block and lets us mere mortals “oh” and “ah” at them before some collector with deep pockets plunks down hundreds of thousands of dollars to take them home (where they will, of course, be used daily right?…).

There’s always special items going up for auction — remember Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1931 Leica IIIa with which he shot his iconic V-J Day kiss photo? That camera sold for almost $150,000 — and the 24th camera auction set for November 23rd is no different. Read more…

‘Official’ Leica T-Shirts are Cropping Up at Leica Dealers Throughout the US

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Not everybody can afford to drop the cash required to get a Leica, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still rep the brand. Check out these new, official Leica T-shirts that have started showing up in authorized Leica camera shops all over the US. Read more…

Rare Jonathan Ive-Designed Leica M to be Auctioned Off for Charity in November

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Back in September of last year, we told you about an incredibly rare Leica M Rangefinder that was being created by Apple design guru Jony Ive. The emphasis there was on incredibly rare, because only one of these puppies is ever going to get made.

At the time we knew the camera would be auctioned off for charity, but it wasn’t until today that we found out the specific event. So if you were banking on trying to buy this uber-special Leica, have your black AMEX at the ready: the date is set for September 23rd. Read more…