Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leica X-E

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The Leica X-E is expanding the Leica X family with a new camera model made in Germany. The particularly compact and lightweight X-E has all the features that characterise a Leica camera: an outstanding fast lens, the best materials and a premium finish. The camera also features an unmistakable design that, in the case of the X-E, is further emphasised by special details – like the titanium look of its body and control elements matched to its silver lens. Leather trim in the colour metallic rounds off its elegant looks. The Leica X-E is now available from Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington and authorised Leica, retailing at £1250.00.

Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)

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The Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) is a new compact camera for travel, wildlife and sports photography. The new digital compact camera combines a high-performance lens, superior imaging qualities and high speed in a compact and handy form. The Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) will be available from Leica Store Mayfair, Burlington and authorised Leica dealers from October 2014, retailing at £925.00. The camera comes complete with Adobe Photoshop Lightroo, the professional workflow solution for still picture and video processing, available as a free download after product registration.
 

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

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The high-performance Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) compact camera features a fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. zoom lens with a very fast initial aperture and an extremely practical zoom range equivalent to 24 to 75 mm in 35 mm format. In comparison to the previous model, it offers a larger Four Thirds sensor that, in combination with its lens ensures superior picture quality in all shooting situations. The familiar, extensive package of features, with automatic mode, manual setting options and improved video capability, now includes an integrated electronic viewfinder with 2.8 MP resolution and a Wi-Fi module. The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)  will be available from authorised Leica dealers from November 2014, £825.00 RRP.

Leica M Edition 60

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Leica have launched a special edition for the 60th anniversary of the Leica M rangefinder system. The set consists of a Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240) and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both in special versions created by Audi Design that pay homage to the essence of photography and carry it back to its origins. The Leica M Edition 60 will be available at £12,000 RRP from Leica Store Mayfair and Leica Store Burlington starting October 2014.

Leica M-P (Typ 240)

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014
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The Leica M-P (Typ 240) is the next generation of the Leica rangefinder camera for professional photographers. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the Leica M-P offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features, for example an enlarged buffer memory. The Leica M-P (Typ 240) is available now from authorised Leica dealers in two different versions: a black-paint version and a traditional silver chrome version. The Leica M-P (Typ 240) complements the Leica M. Both cameras will be marketed together.

Leica M-A (Typ 127)

Mark Goldstein | Film, Photokina 2014
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The Leica M-A (Typ 127) is a new purely mechanical rangefinder camera. The Leica M-A (Typ 127) stands for a return to photography in its most original form. Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons. Because, with a camera reduced to only essential camera functions, users of the M-A can now concentrate entirely on the essential parameters of subject composition – namely focal length, aperture and shutter speed – and on capturing the decisive moment. The Leica M-A (Typ 127) will cost £3100.00 and be available from Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington and authorised Leica dealers starting October 2014.

Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH.

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Leica presents two high-performance lenses for the Leica T camera system at Photokina 2014. With a zoom range equivalent to 17 to 35 mm in 35 mm format, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. offers excellent sharpness for particularly wide-coverage shots. A zoom range equivalent to 80 to 200 mm in 35 mm format makes the Leica APO Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. particularly versatile. Both lenses will be available from authorised Leica dealers beginning in January 2015. The Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH will cost £1350 RRP. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. will cost £1350 RRP.

Silver Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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The iconic Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Leica M-Lenses are now available in silver. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. The NOCTILUX-M 50m /f0,95, silver anodized will cost £7500.00 RRP. The SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Silver will cost £3550.00 RRP.

New Generation Leica Summarit-M Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, Photokina 2014
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Leica have unveiled a new generation of the Leica Summarit-M-Lenses with improved performance and new design. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodised finishes.

Pricing: SUMMARIT-M 35 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1450.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 50 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1250.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 75 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1400.00 RRP, SUMMARIT-M 90 mm/f2.4 ASPH. £1500.00 RRP.

Leica Fotopark

Mark Goldstein | Photographers, Photokina 2014
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Leica Fotopark is a new online platform for image archiving and high-quality prints. Smartphones with cameras, photo-apps and social networks have generated considerable interest in photography and the sharing of pictures. Leica Camera AG sees this as a positive development and now responds with a premium quality Web platform for all who wish to intensify their passion for photography. It offers photographers of all kinds, from beginners and ambitious amateurs to professionals, a multitude of intuitive functions, including the storage, processing, management and archiving of digital images and a premium print service for ordering photos and fine-art prints.

Leica S Type 006 and Leica S2/S2-P Firmware Updates

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014, Software
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Leica has announced new firmware updates for the Leica S-System. FW 2.4.0.0, the firmware update for the LeicaS (Type 006), optimises numerous functions, considerably improves the performance of the camera and all Leica S-Lenses and represents the most comprehensive firmware update since the launch of the Leica S-System. The firmware updates for the LeicaS (FW 2.4.0.0.) and Leica S2/S2-P (FW 1.4.0.0.) cameras also support the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.

Epson Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014, Scanners
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The Epson Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo are two new film scanners. The Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo provide the ultimate in professional scanning quality, speed and productivity across a wide range of positive and negative film formats, including 35mm strip, 35mm slide, medium format and 5x4 inch. The feature-rich Perfection V850 Pro is the ideal scanner for professional photographers and advanced amateurs. Photo enthusiasts wishing to scan an extensive collection of film in a variety of formats will find the Perfection V800 Photo provides easy to use functionality with fast, high-resolution results.The Perfection V850 Pro and Perfection V800 Photo will be shown for the first time in Europe at Photokina.

SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014
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SanDisk have announced the world’s fastest microSD UHS-I memory card, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card. With transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s*, users can shoot like a pro and still experience world-class responsiveness from their smartphone, tablet or action camera. The card also features Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) ratings, which are recommended by the SD Association for 4K Ultra HD video capture. The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I cards are available worldwide in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and range in pricing from $79.99 to $299.99 MSRP.

Capture One Pro 8

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014, Software
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Phase One today released version 8 of Capture One Pro, the imaging software preferred by hundreds of thousands of the world's leading photographers. Capture One Pro 8 now adds an unprecedented level of performance and control for the discerning photographer. The unique new Film Grain tool is based on a "deep dive" into the physics of the interaction between light and silver halide to emulate the effects from analogue film. Another new key feature is the Clone and Heal repair layers, which allows users to remove unwanted objects from images without degrading image quality or details. The Local Adjustment in Capture One Pro 8 offers extensive image control by supporting new features such as local white balance. Users coming from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture will find the transition easier with the migration tools offered. New customers can obtain Capture One Pro 8 for 299 USD or 229 EUR. Owners of previous versions of Capture One Pro may upgrade for 99 USD or 69 EUR.

Phase One and ALPA of Switzerland Announce Alliance

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014

Phase One and ALPA plan to launch a new A-series camera system for fine art photographers. Shortly, Phase One and ALPA plan to launch a new A-series camera system that builds on the products and technologies from both industry leaders. The A-series represents a pioneering development in the market for compact solutions offering full frame medium format image quality, and is expected to be a category-defining product.

Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital, Photokina 2014
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The Odin II adds new cutting-edge functionality and features to Phottix’s flagship flash trigger. The Odin II for Canon, Nikon and Sony are expected to be available during Q1 of 2015.

Eyefi Launches New Worldwide Cloud Service

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014, Websites
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Eyefi has announced the worldwide availability of Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, desktop/laptop or smart TV. Eyefi Cloud offers users the ability to organise, sync and share unlimited photos, and the first 90 days are provided free of charge. Twelve-month memberships start at £34.99 for an unlimited number of photos.

Manfrotto at Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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Manfrotto is launching brand new products designed for all kinds of photographers, from enthusiasts to professionals, at Photokina. These include colored Befree Tripods, the X PRO Geared Head, the New 190X range, the Off road Collection and the Mediterranean Bags Collection.

Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital for Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Pentax and Sony Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital flashgun will be available for Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Pentax and Sony cameras after Photokina 2014. The mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital is the new, top-of-the-range model powerful compact flash unit from Metz.

Furthermore, the Mecastudio Top Line is also being launched at Photokina. It focusses on the two mecastudio Top Line models TL-600 (pictured) and TL-300, as well as the studio flash kits TL-600 SB kit II and TL-300 SB kit II.

Mecablitz 26 AF-1 Digital

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Photokina 2014
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The Mecablitz 26 AF-1 Digital is a new all-round device from the Metz range of system flash units. The mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital offers a guide number 26 for ISO 100/21° and 85mm focal length. Thanks to its new flat design and low weight, the mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital can even fit into a shirt pocket. The new mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital is perfectly tailored to cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus/Panasonic/Leica and Sony.