Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leica S (Type 007)

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014
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The Leica S (Type 007) is the new top model of the Leica S-System. With a burst frequency of up to 3.5 frames per second, full-HD video in full-frame medium-format sensor size and 4K video recording, fast Live View mode and exceptional imaging quality at all ISO settings, the Leica S (Type 007) once again documents its status as the benchmark in the medium-format segment. The launch of the Leica S (Type 007) is planned for spring 2015; £18,720.00 RRP

Leica S-E

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014
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The Leica S-E is the entry-level model in the Leica S medium-format system. The Leica S-E provides practically all technical advantages of the Leica S (Type 006) and presents an attractive alternative within the Leica S-System. The new colour scheme, with a top deck in anthracite grey paint and a silver anodised shutter speed dial, adds even more to its attraction.
The Leica S-E will retail at £12,480 RRP and will be available from September 2014 from Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington and selected Leica dealers.

Leica X (Typ 113)

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The Leica X (Typ 113) is a new premium compact camera. Featuring a new Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens and a 16.2 megapixel APS-C format CMOS sensor, the Leica X (Typ 113) also offers fast, precise, and almost-silent autofocus and full-HD video quality. The Leica X (Typ 113) is now available from Leica Store Mayfair, Leica Store Burlington and authorised dealers. Retailing at £1550.00 RRP.

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 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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sony Full-Frame E-Mount Lens Roadmap Updated

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Sony have updated their lens roadmap for their Full-Frame E-Mount camera range. In addition to the 6 new lenses that have been unveiled recently, there's a placeholder for a new "Large aperture prime" lens. The new roadmap also states "Short term goal: a total of more than 20 FE Lenses" will be achieved by the end of 2015, which would go a long way towards addressing one of the main criticisms of Sony's mirrorless camera system, namely the lack of lens support.

Photography Blog @ Photokina 2014

Mark Goldstein | Photokina 2014
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Photokina doesn't officially open until tomorrow (Tuesday 16th), but the majority of the new products have already been announced last week and at today's Press Day.

We've already been busy attending exclusive briefings, press events and hitting the show floor to bring you hands-on looks of as many cameras, lenses and accessories as possible.

To see them all in one place, just visit this URL http://www.photographyblog.com/category/photokina_2014, which will be constantly updated this week during the rest of the show.

Canon 400mm f/4 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens.

Canon 24-105mm STM Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EF-S 24mm STM Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens.

Ricoh WG-M1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Ricoh WG-M1 action camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Ricoh WG-M1 action camera.

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX CM1 Smart Camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LUMIX CM1 Smart Camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver compact system camera.

Olympus 40-150mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO lens.

Sony Distagon T* 35mm Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lens.