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Find your perfect Leica or M-mount film camera with the help of this interactive tool & reference data. Choosing the right camera can be complicated and the Leica M film camera system — along with extended M-mount camera options from other manufacturers — provides layer upon layer of occasionally muddy and confusing options options.

Find your perfect Leica or M-mount film camera with the help of this interactive tool & reference data

Through this article and the tools/data provided below, I hope to clarify some of those options and help you make an informed choice if you’re currently in the market for a new or new-to-you M-mount film camera…or if you’re just here to find a new M camera. As with my other ongoing review/documentation projects, you can expect this one to be updated regularly. The Chinese government bans the word "Leica" from social media - Leica Rumors.


M3. M7. NT Photoworks – Kodak Double-X 5222 Approx 27 Exposures. Leica - - The free camera encyclopedia. Company Leica Camera AG is a leading German optical company that has been designing and developing 35 mm cameras since 1913, and manufacturing them in series production since 1925.

Leica - - The free camera encyclopedia

Voigtländer 21mm f/4. Home New Search Gallery How-To Books Links Workshops About Contact Voigtländer 21mm f/4 Color-Skopar (2007 - ) © 2009

Voigtländer 21mm f/4

All rights reserved. Intro Specs Performance Usage Compared Recommendations Voigtländer 21mm f/4 P for Leica M (39mm filters, 4.667 oz/132.15g), twice life-size. enlarge. This is the newest version, a dedicated bayonet lens, not the older screw-mount version. Oak, Carmel Valley, California. enlarge. Example Photo Gallery: Monterey (June 2009). Price Guide 2012/13 -Leica Repairs. A Look Back at 100 Years of Leica Cameras. Why I’ve Gone Back To Shooting Film...And Why You Should Too. Our DSLRs have confused us.

We obssess over the wrong things. Sharpness at 400%; bokeh characteristics of lenses produced from what-must-surely-be prancing magical unicorns; high speed burst frame rates that make cameras sound like gatling guns; 4k resolution to shoot better cat videos; 100 auto focus points that still won’t focus on what we need them to; and noise performance at 400,000 ISO. Absolutely none of these will make your photographs better. Shooting film will though, here's why. Last month, I bought my first film camera in a decade. I grew up shooting film as a kid and we actually had an attic darkroom, thanks to my dad’s hobbyist photographer leanings. What on earth am I actually talking about here?

Ok I’m being somewhat ridiculous, but I’m sure some of you out there in the back row are nodding in solidarity and agreement. It’s not just me that feels this way. The Rise, Near Demise, and Rebirth of the Leica Camera. Leica made its name a very long time ago by creating the first practical 35mm camera to use standard cinema 35mm film.

The Rise, Near Demise, and Rebirth of the Leica Camera

The rest, as they say, is history. Info : Guillaume Gilbert. Ode to a legend. For me, the M4 is the camera that reached the pinnacle of analog design.

Ode to a legend

It was the natural sequel to the M2 and M3 designs into one body with a few more bells and whistles added. The one time Leica attempted to diverge from this basic M design with the M5 model in 1971 led to such an uproar that the M4 was reinstated only a few years later and has continued to be the basis for flagship camera design of the company even up to the newest M 240 digital model. There were several iterations of the M4. The M4-2 was introduced in 1977, followed by the M4-P in 1981.

Each new version added a couple of new features -- a hot shoe, motor-drive capability, extra finder frames -- but modernized the production line and replaced the black enamel with a more durable black chrome. Platinum Palladium Printing with Leica M Monochrom. A Critic at Large: Candid Camera. Fifty miles north of Frankfurt lies the small German town of Solms.

A Critic at Large: Candid Camera

Turn off the main thoroughfare and you find yourself driving down tranquil suburban streets, with detached houses set back from the road, and, on a warm morning in late August, not a soul in sight. Nobody does bourgeois solidity like the Germans: you can imagine coming here for coffee and cakes with your aunt, but that would be the limit of excitement. By the time you reach Oskar-Barnack-Strasse, the town has almost petered out; just before the railway line, however, there is a clutch of industrial buildings, with a red dot on the sign outside.

As far as fanfare is concerned, that’s about it. The world’s greatest gadget. Happy 100th birthday, Leica! Henri Cartier-Bresson with his trusty Leica in 1957.

Happy 100th birthday, Leica!

Photograph: Jane Bown Eamonn McCabe Now that we all carry cameraphones in our pockets, it's hard to imagine that the biggest breakthrough in photography actually happened back in 1914 – when Oskar Barnack invented the Leica. Suddenly, photographers could throw away their heavy tripods and exploding flashguns, and step out of their studios to walk the streets and take photographs with this new mobile camera. Barnack, a German optical engineer who specialised in microscope research, was also a keen amateur photographer, but his health was poor and he couldn't carry the heavy cameras of the time. William Eggleston, Untitled, 1970-1973 [From Chromes] Photograph: courtesy of The Eggleston Artistic Trust. Anyone who is anyone in photography has used the "miniature miracle", as it was known at the time – from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Robert Capa, Magnum's great war photographer.

People who own them swear by them. Denis Thorpe Sean Smith.