Called into Red Dot Cameras last week to check out the latest f/1.4 L-mount lenses to arrive from Sigma. I took along the Panasonic Lumix S1 and Sigma’s dinky little 45mm f/2.8 which I added to my stable last month. We’ve written quite a bit about this lens — see these Sigma articles.
What do the following famous people have in common: Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Tsar Nicholas I, Charles Dickens, King Charles I of Portugal, the Duke of Wellington and Kathleen Kennedy (JFK’s sister)?
One answer (there may be others) is that all have visited Chatsworth. Most of the above were willing guests but not, of course, Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned at Chatsworth by Elizabeth I for long periods.
Earlier today, sitting my desk minding my own business, I heard a rustle as something dropped on the doormat. It was a missive from UPS to tell me they’d left a parcel with a neighbour. Why they couldn’t knock on my door is a mystery, one of the many mysteries of the world of couriering.
Our article on the Andy Summers “Signature” Monochrom has garnered no liking comments but, instead, a shedload of waspish antipathy. I even had to delete one comment because I deemed it offensive. I’m not surprised at all this because this latest creation manages to out-do the previous rock-star effort in the dubious taste stakes.
Towns and cities in many parts of the world, including my home town of London, are becoming littered with abandoned bits of bicycles and piles of randomly placed rental bikes. Is this something we should be concerned about, or is it the price we pay for encouragement of cleaner forms of transport?
The Andy Summers Signature Edition of the Monochrom is about to hit the shelves. Created in cooperation with the former Police band member, the edition “represents a striking synergy of music and photography.” It is limited to 50 examples and is designed to complement a “signature” guitar from Fender.
Leica, along with Nikon and Olympus and others, will not be exhibiting at Photokina in 2020. It isn’t the first time Leica has missed a show, but I suspect the company now f
The show press office has issued the following statement (translated from German):
It was already clear following the last Photokina that the new concept has succeeded in attracting new exhibitors. Also, the proportion of younger visitors has risen significantly over the past two events. Interest in Photokina remains strong and many visitors and exhibitors are expected at Photokina 2020.
Christoph Werner, head of the Business Unit at Koelnmesse said: “We are are pleased by the strong level of demand and the applications from new and established sectors.”
“Exhibitors include, among others, Canon, CEWE, GoPro, Sony, Panasonic, Kodak Alaris, Sigma, Tamron, Carl Zeiss, Hasselblad, Hahnemühle, Arri, Rode Microphones, DJI and Insta360.
“Leica, Nikon and Olympus have declined to attend in 2020.”
I am Phoebe. I am a very old lady and I live with some humans in Terrigal by the sea. I think I’m in a place called Australia but I’m not so sure.
Several months ago I undertook to spend a weekend with a group of old friends from my past days of motorcycling. I paid my deposit, marked the calendar and promptly forgot all the details. All I knew was that we would be riding (or driving in my case) around wonderful roads somewhere in
Middle Earth middle England.
Leica will establish a centre of competence in computational imaging in California, according to a report in the Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung last Friday. Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG said that 19 years after the transition from analogue to digital photography at the turn of the century, the company is now facing the second digital revolution in the camera and optics industry:
“Themes such as ‘computational imaging’ — when images are generated indirectly from measurements using algorithms — will significantly influence photography. He went on to say that in order to help secure its future, Leica would establish a centre in Silicon Valley.”
As a result of this realignment of skills, changes are also being made to the headquarters in Wetzlar, with around 80 jobs being affected. Back in June it was reported locally that up to 100 jobs would be lost but the final figure has been reduced to 80.
“Together with the Executive Board, we negotiated a socially responsible overall package designed to avoid redundancies,” said Edgar Zimmermann, Chairman of the Works Council, and Sibylle Burzel, Deputy Works Council Chairwoman of Leica Camera AG. “We see the need for change, but have always emphasised the social acceptability of the measures.”
Growth contrasts with market fall
Harsch went on to say that, by expanding sales through its own Leica stores and as a premium brand, Leica contrasts with the negative overall market trend by achieving a slight increase in growth of seven per cent compared with the previous year. “However, the photo industry generally shows a decline of over 20 per
Leica Camera AG is a global camera, sports optics and software manufacturer, employing 1,800 people. In the last fiscal year. it generated sales of 400 million euros.