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Leica cameras of the 20th Century: A video presentation from noted expert, William Fagan

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William Fagan’s presentation to LHSA members on collecting old Leicas was very well received by all accounts. I learned quite a few new things from William’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Leica cameras from the Model I through to the M6. It’s vast subject but the presentation manages to cover most of the highlights of the progress from the original Barnack Leica to the modern film camera.

These three 1930s Leicas are some of the nicest looking cameras ever produced, even prettier than the much sought-after black-paint Ms from the 1950s and 1960s. Part of William's extensive collection, they are (from left to right) a 1932 II Model D with nickel Hektor, 1932 II Model D with nickel Elmar and 1935 III Model F with nickel Summar.
These three 1930s Leicas are some of the nicest looking cameras ever produced, even prettier than the much sought-after black-paint Ms from the 1950s and 1960s. Part of William’s extensive collection, they are (from left to right) a 1932 II Model D with nickel Hektor, 1932 II Model D with nickel Elmar and 1935 III Model F with nickel Summar.

We now have permission to reproduce the presentation and I hope Macfilos readers will find it as useful as I did.

The LHSA – the International Leica Society – is a wonderful source of information, camaraderie and opportunity for all Leica fans. There are many benefits of membership, including exclusive presentations and the opportunity to attend the annual gathering which takes place in different parts of the world. The next event, however, will take place in 2022 in Dublin because of the delays caused by the pandemic.

We have managed to arrange a special Macfilos LHSA membership offer which offers an extended digital first-year of 15 months for the price of only $60. Join if you can and support this organisation which does so much for the world of Leica.

Find full details of the Macfilos LHSA offer here.

You can also win a Leica M10-R body in the LHSA sweepstake, with the book, “Oskar Barnack: From the Idea to the Leica” as a second prize, worth %60.

Find how to enter here.

Read more articles by William Fagan

Taking a closer look at the L-Mount line-up: The comprehensive Macfilos lens database

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Photokina 2018 was the second (and hopefully not last) Photokina I attended. Despite general industry headwinds, there was much to be excited about: Nikon and Canon debuted their full-frame mirrorless systems at packed booths, it was the first opportunity to see the long-awaited Ricoh GR III, Zeiss made the surprise ZX1 announcement (which has to date remained vaporware) and, perhaps most excitingly, given its lack of precedence, Leica, Sigma and Panasonic unveiled the L-mount alliance

Medieval construction site. Medieval Leica digital

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Artisans who work just as they did 1,200 years ago and a camera from the earliest days of full-frame digital photography. This could be a nice fit, I thought. So, I snatched the opportunity to try out an M9 on a day-trip to one of the most interesting historical projects here in South Germany.

M10-R: Best-laid plans of mice and men

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This was to be my first real break of the year, a week in the Peak District, and I had plotted and planned with Leica to take an M10-R demonstrator away for the ride. It was arranged several weeks ago and all I had to do was collect it from Leica Duke Street store yesterday morning.

Leica CL firmware update mimics Q2 and SL2 menu layouts

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The now standard three-button rear control layout of the CL was carried forward to the SL2 and Q2, but both these cameras received a revised menu system which features a quick-setting initial screen when the menu button is pressed. This layout has now found its way to the CL as part of the latest firmware update to the camera in the latest firmware 4.0 update.

US prices for Panasonic Lumix S5 leaked

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According to yet another leak covered in Photorumors, which includes the draft press release, the Panasonic Lumix S5 will cost $1,998 in the United States. When supplied together with the lens (which we assume to be the 20-60mm Lumix S), the kit will be just $300 more.

Can you ever have enough cameras?

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Hello – I’m Andrew. I’ve just published my first article on Macfilos – you can read it here – and I thought it was probably time to introduce myself, as you’ll be seeing more musings from me in the future.

New Panasonic S5 picture leaked

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More information on the forthcoming lighter-weight Panasonic S5 has come to light, including this photograph leaked by Nokishita in Japan. It looks remarkably like the S1 although, as we already know, it is slightly smaller than the G9 and weighs only 714g.

Dorothea Lange digital archive goes live

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She was one of the most significant photographers of the 20th Century. Best known for documenting the lives of migrant farmworkers during the Great Depression in the 1930s, Dorothea Lange recorded American life in astounding detail. Thanks to the new Dorothea Digital Archive, you now have unrivalled access to her life as a photographer.

Panasonic’s rumoured S5 full-frame camera smaller than the micro four-thirds G9?

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What purports to be a full specification of the rumoured Panasonic S5 L-mount mirrorless camera, a smaller version of the S1, has been published on the Japanese website Nokishita. It was reported on the L-Rumors site (see below). If it is authentic — and it looks pretty convincing to me — then we L-amount users could be in for a treat.