• Today, Adobe has released updates for Photoshop CC, Camera Raw CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Along with the usual bug fixes and incremental feature additions, the most notable change is the added support for new […]

  • Today, Leica Camera USA has announced the Leica CL ‘Street Kit.’ Adding another bundled option to the lineup after the CL Starter Bundle with 18mm Elmarit-TL was introduced earlier this week, the CL ‘Street Kit’ […]

  • Today, Leica Camera USA has announced a new way to save on the popular Leica CL mirrorless camera. Priced at $3,195, the CL Starter Bundle includes a black Leica CL camera and 18mm Elmarit-TL f/2.8 ASPH lens. This […]

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica Releases New Firmware for M10 & M10-P Today, Leica has released new firmware versions for both the M10 and M10-P digital rangefinder cameras. The firmware specifically allows the cameras to function via WiFi with the new Leica FOTOS app, which is […] View

    Profiles should have saved to the SD card during this final step, before the update gets started.

    Your suggestion is a good one, though. In the future, we will advise users to back up their user profiles to an SD card before proceeding with the update.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Leica D-Lux 7 Compact Camera Released Today, Leica has released the D-Lux 7, their next generation compact digital camera. Featuring the same solid, ergonomic body and fast 24-75mm (equiv) f/1.7-2.8 lens as the popular D-Lux (Typ 109), the D-Lux 7 ups […] View

    Adobe’s move to monthly license fees for Creative Cloud was the reason why Lightroom licenses are no longer included in any Leica camera. Previously, Adobe was supporting both CC subscriptions as well as paid-in-full standalone licenses. Leica was able to purchase these in bulk to provide with cameras. But, Adobe ceased supporting standalone…[Read more]

  • In somewhat surprising news, I received an email today that the Photokina Show to take place in May of 2019 has been cancelled. Photokina is the largest photography trade fair in the world, and has historically […]

  • Today, Leica has released the D-Lux 7, their next generation compact digital camera. Featuring the same solid, ergonomic body and fast 24-75mm (equiv) f/1.7-2.8 lens as the popular D-Lux (Typ 109), the D-Lux 7 ups […]

    • Adobe’s move to monthly license fees for Creative Cloud was the reason why Lightroom licenses are no longer included in any Leica camera. Previously, Adobe was supporting both CC subscriptions as well as paid-in-full standalone licenses. Leica was able to purchase these in bulk to provide with cameras. But, Adobe ceased supporting standalone editions, resulting in older versions like LR6 not supporting RAW files from the latest cameras. Unfortunately, Leica had no say in this move.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Photokina 2018: The Leica CL and Future of APS-C Leica officially announced the CL, Silver Anodized this week at Photokina. And while functionally identical to the original all-black CL, the silver does look quite nice and offer a little refresh to the camera. […] View

    Really, any of the TL lenses are good choices with regards to optical performance. The 18-56 definitely isn’t what I’d call heavy, but the 18mm and the 23mm are both more compact and lighter. Personally, I tend to favor the fixed focal length lenses. The 18 will give you the equivalent FOV of a 28mm, the 23 will act like a 35mm. So, I think it…[Read more]

  • Today, Leica has released the Q-P, a new model variant of the ever-popular Q (Typ 116). Taking design cues from other “P” models of the past, the Leica Q-P features a “Stealth” matte black finish, no red Leica dot […]

  • Today, Leica has announced the Leica M10-D. Based on the recently introduced M10-P digital rangefinder, the M10-D takes the analog aesthetic to a whole new level. With no rear LCD display, an ultra quiet shutter, […]

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Photokina 2018: The Leica CL and Future of APS-C Leica officially announced the CL, Silver Anodized this week at Photokina. And while functionally identical to the original all-black CL, the silver does look quite nice and offer a little refresh to the camera. […] View

    I’ve used the CL on four separate trips in the past several months and never once did I miss having image stabilization in the body. From a marketing perspective, IBIS might seem like a must-have feature, but from practical use, I personally don’t need it. I’ve found the CL to be like a baby SL, especially in the look of the images.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Photokina 2018: The Leica CL and Future of APS-C Leica officially announced the CL, Silver Anodized this week at Photokina. And while functionally identical to the original all-black CL, the silver does look quite nice and offer a little refresh to the camera. […] View

    Not at all. This is why I posed the question in the first place.

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Photokina 2018: The Leica S3 Back at the end of last year, I posted my thoughts and a poll on what the next generation S camera might look like and what features are most important to S users here: Thoughts on the Next Generation Leica […] View

    Phillip,

    I understand your concerns.

    I suppose I’m not bothered by a single focus point. Even when given the option of multi-point focus on the SL or CL, I usually prefer to use a central point and recompose. I often find moving a focus point around to be distracting and slower than simply focusing and reframing. For landscape shooting, I use…[Read more]

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Photokina 2018: The Leica S3 Back at the end of last year, I posted my thoughts and a poll on what the next generation S camera might look like and what features are most important to S users here: Thoughts on the Next Generation Leica […] View

    Paul,

    I agree that buffer memory should have been increased to 4GB on this generation. But…. Most fashion photographers don’t shoot at full burst. Quick, yes, but not at burst speed. I think at a fast single shot rate, the S3 could keep up. A Phase One only shoots about 1 FPS max, and these are used in fashion work all the time.

    For me, I see…[Read more]

  • In reply to: David Farkas wrote a new post, Leica at Photokina 2018: Wrap Up Entering the Koelnmesse for Photokina never loses its excitement, even as I head into my sixth show. The hustle, the bustle, and energy of the show hits you as soon as you weave your way through the crowds of […] View

    Hi Gary,

    Yes, the show was very well attended from what I could see. In fact, the attendance just kept growing every day, as the weekend approached.

    I will have the detailed interview about the L-mount alliance up within the next day. I’ll let you make your own determination about the SL.

  • Following the announcement of the L-Mount Alliance at the Leica press event preceding the start of Photokina, there seemed to be more questions than answers. How did such an alliance come to be? How much […]

    • Thanks for this reporting. I know it takes money and time to make this sort of trip, conduct interviews, and write this info up.

      I had an SL at one time. This excites me to maybe get an SL again… or wait for SL 2.0. I liked using my TL lenses on the SL despite the crop down to 10MP.

    • Thanks David for this insightful report. Rarely is it reported that lens IQ is primary, camera resolution secondary, but here we are in 2018 with Leica lenses on the cutting edge like no others. I would be interested in similar interviews from Panasonic and Sigma. Would that be possible?

  • Leica officially announced the CL, Silver Anodized this week at Photokina. And while functionally identical to the original all-black CL, the silver does look quite nice and offer a little refresh to the camera. […]

    • Is it a vulgarity to point to the difference of price between the Leica X2 (1750 euros) and the CL 18mm kit (3500 euros)? That’s exactly double.

      People will not buy some “system flexibility” if they are simply looking for an expert compact.

    • Thanks for this. I like my CL. My only complaint (are you reading Leica) is the inability to turn off Long Exposure Noise Reduction. I’ve looked and not found a way. Otherwise the compact TL lenses are a pleasure to carry around (relatively light weight) and have pretty good image quality (not M-good but to me as good as the Q when I owned that). I also like the menu system and ability to configure the various buttons and dials. /very easy and handy.

    • I’ve used the CL on four separate trips in the past several months and never once did I miss having image stabilization in the body. From a marketing perspective, IBIS might seem like a must-have feature, but from practical use, I personally don’t need it. I’ve found the CL to be like a baby SL, especially in the look of the images.

    • Really, any of the TL lenses are good choices with regards to optical performance. The 18-56 definitely isn’t what I’d call heavy, but the 18mm and the 23mm are both more compact and lighter. Personally, I tend to favor the fixed focal length lenses. The 18 will give you the equivalent FOV of a 28mm, the 23 will act like a 35mm. So, I think it really depends what you are looking for.

  • The Leica M10-P was announced a month ago, just ahead of Photokina. Like other ‘P’ models before it, the camera is a refresh/upgrade to the stock M10. With the same 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and Maestro II image […]

  • Back at the end of last year, I posted my thoughts and a poll on what the next generation S camera might look like and what features are most important to S users here: Thoughts on the Next Generation Leica […]

    • Nicely done,
      Thanks
      Jack

    • very enlightening!
      Albert

    • Paul,

      I agree that buffer memory should have been increased to 4GB on this generation. But…. Most fashion photographers don’t shoot at full burst. Quick, yes, but not at burst speed. I think at a fast single shot rate, the S3 could keep up. A Phase One only shoots about 1 FPS max, and these are used in fashion work all the time.

      For me, I see the S3 mainly as a landscape and travel camera, which is how I personally use the S007. The more compact body, full weather sealing, long battery life, excellent high ISO, and class-leading dynamic range make it the perfect tool. As a landscape photographer, do I personally care about burst depth, or even maximum FPS? Nope. The S was never intended as a sports or PJ camera, two areas where fast frame rate is paramount. Rather, the speed of the S that matters is the shot-to-shot responsiveness, playback speed and ease of operation. This is what I tested during my handling of the new camera, and it feels just as responsive as the S007.

      Based on my own desires as a long-time S shooter, feedback I’ve received on articles, and direct conversations I’ve had with other S users, yes, I do think the S3 will be a success. Would I have liked to see other updates? Sure. But for me, I already love the body, lenses, viewfinder and overall shooting experience of the S. I already know how solid a workhorse it’s been for me in the field. What I, and others, really wanted was a bump in resolution without sacrificing DR or low light ability. What we got was additional resolution and a marked improvement in DR, high ISO and color fidelity.

      I don’t know when Leica started development, but if the final result is the best sensor on the market, then I’d say it’s worth the wait. 🙂

    • Phillip,

      I understand your concerns.

      I suppose I’m not bothered by a single focus point. Even when given the option of multi-point focus on the SL or CL, I usually prefer to use a central point and recompose. I often find moving a focus point around to be distracting and slower than simply focusing and reframing. For landscape shooting, I use the top display DOF readout and dial in the focus manually, which is one of the S007’s killer features (also on the SL).

      Having also shot the S2 a lot, then the S006 and S007, I can safely say that even before the resolution jump of the S3, the S007 is a completely different shooting experience from the S2. The ergonomics and speed are already quite good. The added DR, ISO range and resolution of the S3 are really what most users wanted, myself included. I also use the S for shooting other than static landscape. It handles walkaround shooting just fine. Even at night.

      Would I have liked a better LCD? Of course. More capable video? Maybe, although I use the SL for this, so it’s not my top use for the S. I can think of a handful of nice-to-haves, but Leica’s focus was clearly centered around maximum image quality and I do think they have delivered on that goal. Some may not feel the resolution is adequate, but I’ll take a camera that is pushing 16 stops of DR, can shoot cleanly at ISO 6400, handles like a champ, offers all day battery life, is virtually impervious to the elements, has a phenomenal range of lenses and one of the clearest and brightest viewfinders ever made, along with *only* 64MP of resolution.

  • Entering the Koelnmesse for Photokina never loses its excitement, even as I head into my sixth show. The hustle, the bustle, and energy of the show hits you as soon as you weave your way through the crowds of […]

    • From your shots it appears that this show is well attended. Is it or are there some vendor areas that are substantially more crowded than others?

      Were you able to get any sense in the L Mount meeting whether or not a new SL is around the corner or the current model has some more years left? The current trade-in discount could be interpreted as clearing out inventory.

      • Hi Gary,

        Yes, the show was very well attended from what I could see. In fact, the attendance just kept growing every day, as the weekend approached.

        I will have the detailed interview about the L-mount alliance up within the next day. I’ll let you make your own determination about the SL.

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