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Leica M10 Monochrom: Rangefinder resolution at its mostest

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Introduction

I have been lucky enough to test all three of Leica’s monochrome cameras. The 18MP M9 Monochrom was launched in Berlin amongst much excitement in November 2012. The 24MP M246 Monochrom was announced two and a half years later in April 2015. We have had to wait nearly four years for the latest version: the M10 Monochrom which was announced earlier today.

Leica M10 Monochrom: 41MP, 100000 ISO and super-stealthy look

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Leica today launches the new M10 Monochrom with a 40MP-plus sensor and ultra-discreet looks. It is based on the M10-P and will retail in the UK for £7,250, including VAT. It comes nearly five years after the arrival of the second-generation M240-based Monochrom and eight years after the original M9-based camera was introduced in Berlin to a great deal of excitement.

Leica’s little C in a land of many big cameras and not a few yaks

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It was in May 2019 that a little Leica C (Typ 112) entered an isolated domain to be met by many other big-brother cameras. It wasn’t daunted one little bit. And I was able to scamper around like a three-year-old, relieved of all that DSLR nonsense.

Brady, the grandfather of today’s canvas camera bag

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Despite my notorious interest in camera bags, I’ve tended to be rather fixated on Billingham and hadn’t given the even more venerable marque of Brady its due. Indeed, many readers may not be aware that it even exists. This changed when my friend Bill Rosauer of the International Leica Society pointed me in the direction of a fascinating and detailed article at Bellamy Hunt’s popular Japan Camera Hunter site (see below).

A spell in Alcatraz with a brace of Fuji X cameras

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Last ferry from Alcatraz, X-T2 with 50-140mm at 54mm

The island of Alcatraz, “The Rock in the Bay”, lies one and a quarter miles off San Francisco, comprising twenty-five acres of rock and scrub which commands a key position in the bay. In modern times, the name of Alcatraz has come to be closely associated with the incarceration of some of the USA’s most notorious and dangerous criminals.

Apocalypse Now: Bushfires and a lesson for us all

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Height of technology, 1960s style. Within a generation we've gone from the landline telephone to instant worldwide communications and, worryingly, a total reliance of technology for the basics of life

Yesterday we highlighted the Australian Bushfire appeal being organised by our local Leica dealer, Red Dot Cameras. John Shingleton in Australia, who has been monitoring the situation from close proximity, has pointed out the wider implications of the consequent breakdown in many of the things we take for granted in modern society. With our increasing reliance on technology, we are now woefully unprepared for cataclysmic events such as the fires in Australia.

Red Dot Cameras’ Australian bushfire appeal

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Over the past few months, readers of Macfilos throughout the world have looked on with horror as coverage unfolds of the rapid advance of the devastating bushfires in Australia.

Around Japan in 2008 with the Leica M8

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The first article in this series explained why the then-new Leica M8 was chosen for our 2008 trip to Japan because of the combination small size, relatively lightweight and (for its time) excellent image quality. I also spent quite a bit of the article covering how we found the culture to be very different from our western standards, yet charming in many ways. In this second article, I describe some of our further travels through the country and I’ll also mention the lenses I found to work well with the M8.

Has the nifty fifty had its day? Or are you a dyed-in-the-wool 50mm traditionalist?

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The new Leica Q with its 28mm focal length is ideal for the group shot

The nifty fifty, the “standard” 50mm was once my favourite focal length for general photography. If I include the various vintage lenses on my shelf, I probably have more 50mm optics than those of any other focal length.

Leica’s remarkably successful Teens

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Leica has had a good decade. Which is probably more than can be said for most camera makers — with the possible exception of Sony, a company that has almost made the mirrorless full-frame camera its own.