Posts Tagged ‘rangefinder’

Fuji Unveils the X100T with ‘Electronic Rangefinder’ Function, Improved Controls and More

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The saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But while the X100S certainly wasn’t ‘broke’ — it’s one of the most beloved cameras currently on the market — Fuji is delighting customers today by releasing the much-rumored X100T and making this phenomenal camera even better by adding some groundbreaking viewfinder tech and more. Read more…

Leica’s LCD-Less Rangefinder Makes Brief Cameo On Leica Website As the ‘M Edition 60′

Screenshot of the listing captured by Leica Rumors.

Screenshot of the listing captured by Leica Rumors.

Two weeks ago we shared with you a rumor that Leica is set to release a limited edition digital rangefinder without an LCD. Today, we’ve learned that this beast is very likely the real deal, with a new “Leica M Edition 60” listing showing up on Leica’s German site for a short period of time before being taken down. Read more…

Fujifilm to Discontinue Its Medium Format GF670 Folding Rangefinder

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As film stocks continue to die off, so are the cameras that used them. Today, The Phoblographer is reporting that their contacts at Fujifilm America have informed them that the company intends to discontinue the Fujifilm GF670 medium format rangefinder. Read more…

Rumor: Leica to Announce Digital Rangefinder Without an LCD Screen at Photokina

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How’s this for a strange rumor? According to the folks over at Leica Rumors, several sources have been tipping them off to the existence of a Leica digital rangefinder without an LCD — a limited edition camera that will supposedly arrive at Photokina. Read more…

Product Shots and Specs for Panasonic’s Upcoming GX7 Leaked

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Panasonic is having a hard time keeping a lid on its upcoming rangefinder-styled GX7 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. Just last week, the first images and a list of specs leaked through an online photo magazine, and now we have a full set of specs and product shots to look at. Read more…

Sylvester Stallone is Selling the Leica M9 Used in Expendables 2 on eBay

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Those interested in starting or adding to an expensive collection of cameras may want to head over to eBay very soon. That’s because movie star Sylvester Stallone, or more accurately his brother Frank Stallone, is in the process of selling the Leica M9 used in the movie The Expendables 2. Read more…

A Hands-On Demo of Fujifilm’s New Split Image Manual Focusing Feature

We were just able to get some hands-on time with the new Fujifilm X100s immediately after the company’s press conference. In addition to blazin’ fast autofocus speed, the company has also introduced a couple of new features that manual-focusing photographers will love.

One is something many photographers are already familiar with (and have been clamoring for): focus peaking. The second hasn’t been received with as much fanfare, but is actually quite fantastic. It’s split image focusing — something rangefinder users will appreciate very much.
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End of the Road: Zeiss Ikon Rangefinders To Be Shuttered

After bidding farewell to the Super Wide and Silver editions of its Zeiss Ikon 35mm rangefinder earlier this year, Cosina is officially saying goodbye to the last of the Zeiss Ikons, relegating the whole line to the history books. The news, which began as a rumor based on this tweet by one of Cosina’s retailers, has since been confirmed by The Phoblographer with the company itself.
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A First Look at the Image Quality of the New Leica M at High ISOs

Leica’s new flagship digital rangefinder, the Leica M, was announced more than a month ago, but things have been very quiet in regards to sample photos demonstrating the camera’s capabilities. If you’ve been dying see actual photos shot using the camera, today’s your lucky day. Pandachief over at the forum HK LFC has published quite a few sample photographs shot in a low-light environment (it appears to be a dinner party).
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The Pursuit of “Classic” Designs in the Camera Industry

Watts Martin of Coyote Tracks has an interesting piece titled “Iconic” that discusses the idea of trade dress — the reason why Apple doesn’t have any branding on the front face of the iPhone:

You don’t need to see the name plate on a Ford Mustang or a Corvette or a Porsche 911 to recognize one. Or a Coke bottle. Or, once you’ve seen one, a Tivoli Audio tabletop radio. Or a McIntosh amp. These products have a design language that’s become part of their brand identity [...] That’s what Apple wants, too: products that look like Apple. They’ve nailed it. You can look at a computer or a tablet or a phone being used in a coffee shop and you can immediately tell Apple or not Apple even if you can’t see the logo. And this is virtually unique in their industry: you’ll usually need the logo to know exactly what the not Apple product is.

This is why trade dress battles are so important to Apple. Try introducing a soda in a container that’s easily mistaken for a Coke bottle and see how far “har har har, you can’t patent curved glass!” gets you as a defense. If somebody makes a product that can be easily mistaken for an Apple device, then Apple is going to do whatever they can to get that product either off the market or changed.

DSLRs are pretty uniform in their appearance, so we don’t see much fuss about trade dress in that sector, but it’s interesting that there isn’t more tension between Leica and Fujifilm — two companies that both offer cameras without front branding.

Iconic [Coyotke Tracks via Daring Fireball]