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Chile: One of the world’s greatest destinations for photographers


Chile is one of South America’s most prosperous nations as a result of its economic and social stability, its low level of corruption and democracy. It stands out as a safe country, with the lowest murder rate in the Americas after Canada. As a place to visit, especially for Europeans, it is not in the first rank of tourist destinations. But that is a great pity because, along with its enviable stability and prosperity, Chile is also one of the most beautiful places you could visit. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Leica: Something monochrome, something mysterious with an S

Will the SL2-S be a 24-MP version of the new SL2? (Image Leica Camera AG)

The long-awaited monochrome version of the Leica Q2 is due for release in November, according to information received by Leica Rumors (link below). It has been on the cards for the past twelve months and, I suspect, would have been with us sooner if it had not been for the pandemic.

Late Spring Cleaning: Network storage and getting ready for a fresh start


If Macfilos has been a bit quiet this week, there’s a good explanation. We’ve been up to our ears in reorganisation and technical digery-pokery. This is all because of a recent decision not to move to a new place. And, as a direct result of new-found purpose, we’ve had a big clear out as well as battling (and winning) a tussle with a new bit of tech.

Gaeta: The village on the Tyrrhenian Sea packed with history


In the beginning, Gaeta was nothing more than a steep hill, overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea. It had several names in different times and is now called Monte Orlando after the French semi-legendary hero. It is by no means the only hill or mountain in Italy bearing this name, a tribute to the time when over these places a watch was maintained to spot Turkish galleys. However, it is unlikely that Roland ever set foot on this particular hill.

Where does the camera industry go from here?

Leica's traditional approach, here the M10, has had some benefits for the company...


As we approach the end of 2020, Mike and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the overall state of the camera industry through two lenses: production and usage.

In praise of the older reader… But seeking younger blood

Doomed to a diet of screw-thread Leicas and a roll of FP4

Mike Johnston, over at The Online Photographer, has some interesting words on the perceived age of his readers. He has been criticised, he says, for appealing mainly to older readers and ignoring younger photographers.

High-price Nikon L rangefinder fetches €398,000 at Wetzlar auction

This 1958 double-stroke M3 supplied to the Bundeswehr in NATO oliver-green paint finish sold for €93,200 despite the low starting price of only €8,000.

Last weekend’s Wetzlar Auction, with remote bidders tuning in from all over the world, achieved the world’s highest price for a Nikon.

La’al Ratty: A reunion with the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in England’s Lake District


Snuggled on the remote coast of Cumbria, on the edge of England’s Lake District, lies the ancient Roman naval base of Glannoventa. Situated at the natural harbour at the mouth of the River Esk, it provided our ancestors with ready access to the Irish Sea.

Knighthood for David Suchet, actor and accomplished photographer

Signing the book, 24 October 2019 (Image Tony Cole)

Just call me Sir Hercule: Our friend and fellow Leica enthusiast, David Suchet, has received a richly deserved knighthood in The Queen’s Birthday Honours. Those of us who have been addicted over the years to his portrayal of Agatha Christie’s fastidious Belgian detective, Poirot, think of David as a national treasure and will be delighted by the news.

But, of course, Poirot was just one of his many roles despite it being such an integral part of his life for nearly 25 years. He is a supremely talented actor with a large number of staggeringly diverse roles to his credit, from Sigmund Freud to Lady Bracknell.

Signing the book, 24 October 2019 (Image Tony Cole)
Signing the book, 24 October 2019 (Image Tony Cole)

We know him best as a result of his patronage of Leica enthusiasts. He is president of The Leica Society. His recent book, “Behind the Lens—My Life” charts his life through his love of photography, something he inherited from his grandfather, the famous press photographer, James Jarché. Along the way, he demonstrates his unquestioned abilities as a talented photographer.

Sir David launches his new book (Image Tony Cole)
Sir David launches his new book (Image Tony Cole)

David also has another passion, the preservation of canals. He is president of the Inland Waterways Association and, for a time, lived on a canal longboat.

I am sure all Macfilos readers will send their congratulations to Sir David and his wife Shiela, who now becomes Lady Suchet. They are two of the nicest and most genuine people you could wish to meet.

David Suchet. Behind the Lens—My Life

Poirot’s Leica: The mysterious affair at Holborn

Canals: The great transport enabler

The Leica Society at Leica London

A weekend at Leica Heaven

The Leica Society’s annual shindig at Leica Mayfair

Leica D-Lux: The perfect companion for exploring Japan


If you react to the sight of a temple with “not more Japan!”, you may understand my plight: I’m just a gal with a weakness for red dots. What can I show against millions of online photos? Fortunately, Spouse lived years in Tokyo; she wanted to show me “the Japan I know.” It seems everyone makes their personal Japan, and that’s good enough.