Saturday, July 4, 2020
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Stolen Leicas: Be on your guard for dodgy merchandise

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Dear LHSA members and friends,

As you may have heard, three Leica Stores in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York were broken into and items were looted during the recent protests. In addition, long-term Leica Dealers like Central Camera in Chicago and Service Photo Supply in Baltimore were also looted. 

Sigma announces three Contemporary fast APS-C primes for L-Mount

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The L-Mount Alliance took a new turn this afternoon as Sigma entered the APS-C L-lens market for the first time. Three fast primes – 16, 30 and 56mm – will add some exciting possibilities for owners of Leica TL and CL cameras. They will provide f/1.4 full-frame equivalents of 24, 45 and 85mm at very reasonable prices compared with Leica’s existing glass. The lenses range from £330 to £450 in the UK.

Sigma launches new 100-400mm f/5-6.3 for L-Mount: Up to 800mm reach with teleconverters

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The new SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS telephoto zoom, together with two teleconverters, offers 400mm, 560mm or 800mm capabilities in a relatively compact and light housing. The lens weighs 1,135g and is 197.2mm long at its furthest extension. It is Sigma’s fifth DG DN lens designed exclusively for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Photo industry emerges from lockdown: Business almost as usual

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We've seen the worst: Andy Sands of the independent, family retailer, Chiswick Camera Centre, is ready for anything. Bring it on.

The world is gradually coming out of lockdown and everyone is hoping that there won’t be a second wave of the pandemic. We can’t stay at home forever or the economy will collapse, so I believe that getting back to normal as much as possible, while remaining careful, is the way forward. Perhaps the universal slogan should be: Use your common sense. I’m feeling much more optimistic and confident after visiting a couple of retailers this week.

Camera Bags: Fogg and the new satchmo

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I’m not certain where I first came across Fogg bags, it might have been in 2007 at the Robert White camera shop to pick up a Leica 75 APO Summicron.

A life in colour slides and an idea how to save some memories

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For many of us, a considerable part of our photographic career falls into the analogue age when there was a sometimes difficult choice to be made between exposing negatives, either monochrome or colour, and colour slides. Many committed amateurs often chose slide film. Others inherited vast collections of slides that were taken by deceased family members.

Huawei P40 Pro+ and that Leica camera

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The new Huawei P40 is a wonderful device and sports a Leica camera. But you could haev to make a few compromises

Since Leica announced its partnership with smartphone giant Huawei in February 2016 a lot has changed. I imagine Leica could not have imagined the furore that has surrounded its partner during the past couple of years. We are left wondering if Leica backed the wrong horse.

UK Leica stores emerge from lockdown

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Leica's Duke Street store is one of the several outlets that will re-open for business next Monday, June 15 (Image Mike Evans)

Leica has announced the reopening of most stores in the United Kingdom as from next Monday, June 15. Here are the full details:

Leica’s new small-system Ettas bag

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Leica today announces a small-system shoulder bag, the Ettas, which is aimed at owners of larger compacts and smaller M/CL/TL systems. With its canvas coating and rubberised zip, the bag is splash-proof and ideal for use in bad weather conditions. According to Leica, the Ettas is suited to the V-Lux, Q2 or CL systems and also works well M cameras mounted with a lens up to 90mm in focal length.

Ken falls in love with the Leica Q2: It’s immortal, it’s inexpensive

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The indefatigable Ken Rockwell has turned his attention to the Leica Q2 and he is smitten. Never knowingly without a strong opinion, especially on the origin of a camera, Ken tells us that the Q2 is “both immortal as well as practical and inexpensive, which is why it’s so wildly popular.” What he means by “inexpensive” is in comparison with other full-frame Leicas such as the M or the SL, both of which cost more and require a very costly lens to compete with the Q or Q2.