That iconic Leica red dot doesn’t come cheap… not even in the virtual world. A company called Humster3D recently created some ultra-detailed, high-quality 3D models of several popular Leica cameras and made them available for download… for a price. Read more…
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It seems Sony is intent on capturing that segment of the market that would like a Leica but can’t afford one. First, the company released the A7 and A7r, full-frame mirrorless cameras that were the first in the world with autofocus. And now, if rumors are to be believed, they’re working on a black-and-white only version of the fixed-lens Full Frame RX 1. Read more…
What happens when a camera company already known for their high prices teams up with somebody for a special edition camera? Exactly what you think happens, as illustrated by this collaboration between Leica and Nordic Foto Imports.
I’ve not long been back from a trip which took myself and my family back to the UK via a few other places, this wasn’t a photography trip but I’ve included a few of my favourite images picked up along the way. The are more images along with a more extensive write-up on my blog here — The Reluctant Tourist.
A lot of people might have thought Leica had staked out enough of a challenge convincing people to pay $8,000 for a digital camera that only shoots black-and-white.
Never one to shy away from a luxury marketing opportunity, however, the German camera maker briefly offered the opportunity to pay an extra $20,000 for a limited-edition version of the M-Monochrom… an opportunity people jumped at. Read more…
If you were watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, you might have noticed a friend of ours stopped by. It was an expensive friend known as the Leica M Monochrom, and it earned a surprised and somewhat confused reaction from Jon Stewart.
We’ve embedded the five-minute segment above, but truth be told, the camera only plays a role at the very beginning and end of the video. It’s nice to see a gorgeous piece of photographic gear getting some primetime airtime though, and it seems Jon Stewart reacted to it just like most people would: “wow that’s a beautiful camera” is followed by “wait, it only shoots black and white!?”
Okay, fine, the normal human being would follow THAT up with a third statement: “What do you mean it costs eight grand!?”
MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.
“Monochrome is the new color” The world was introduced to color photography when Kodak introduced the revolutionary Kodachrome film in 1935. But fast forward to 2012, Leica decided that “monochrome is the new color”, and wants to turn back the clock with a digital rangefinder that shoots only black-and-white for $7,995. At this point, I can hear you screaming, “That’s the silliest way of spending eight grand!”
Leica’s new black & white rangefinder, the M Monochrom, eschews the standard color filter found in ordinary camera sensors in order to capture higher quality monochrome photographs. How much of a difference does this make compared to the standard practice of converting color images to B&W? David Farkas over at Red Dot Forum decided to find out by doing a head-to-head comparison of the camera with a Leica M9. He photographed the same scene at different ISOs, and then published the photos with a nifty slider that lets you easily compare the resulting images. Here’s a spoiler: the difference is quite noticeable.
ISO Test: Leica M Monochrom vs. Leica M9 [Red Dot Forum]
DPReview has published a gallery filled with sample photographs shot using the new Leica M Monochrom. The photographs are tack sharp and have a beautiful “film look” to them that is difficult to achieve by doing a conversion from color digital images. Watch out: looking at the gallery may be bad for your wallet.
Leica M Monochrom Preview Samples [DPReview]
Leica has officially announced its new monochrome digital rangefinder, the M Monochrom — the world’s first digital camera to do dedicated black and white photography. The camera features a newly designed 18-megapixel monochrome CCD sensor and “100% sharper imaging” due to the fact that raw data is processed directly without interpolation. The monochrome sensor allows the camera to achieve extremely low noise even upwards of ISO 10,000, and various programmed tones can be used to adjust the look and feel of the black and white photographs. It’ll cost $7,950 when it hits store shelves starting in late July 2012.