Friday, September 25, 2020

Fuji XM-FL vs XF 23mm: The most fun you can have with your lenses...

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Last year Fuji brought out a bit of an oddity, a body cap lens. The XM-FL is only available in Japan as at time of writing. In order to get hold of mine I had to resort to eBay and part with seventy-five quid and get it shipped halfway around the world. Two weeks after pressing the button it arrived; possibly the lightest lens-containing parcel I have ever received.

Ricoh GR and the Leica X1/2

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The Leica X1/X2 are now popular "vintage" Leica digitals. But they have a lot in common with the Ricoh GR, the smallest APS-C shooter on the market.

Leica M6 versus auto-exposure M7

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If you want the most up-to-date Leica film camera, incorporating the same auto exposure you will find on the M10, then the choice is clear — it's the current Leica M7. But the pre-auto cameras with light metering, including the superseded M6 and the current MP, that seem to attract most followers. Why is this?

Toronto over the past 40 years: An introduction

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Richard Scott takes us on a tour of Toronto over the past 40 years

Leica Q2 Review: Better at every level

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The Q2 is here and I have had the opportunity to use a pre-production model for the past four months. This is my hands-on review.

Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lens for L-Mount: First impressions

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Sigma's relatively inexpensive 45mm f/2.8 Contemporary lens is a fine addition to any Leica SL or Panasonic S1/R camera. It comes closer to Leica quality than the modest price tag would suggest.

Leica SL price plummets

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Leica's trade-in scheme knocks £1,300 off the price of the SL body. It's a discount in all but name......

Leica Q2: Digital versus optical zoom

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Digital zoom, bad. Optical zoom, good. But are we beginning to see wider acceptance of digital zoom when superior lens technology is complementing today's huge sensors?

Leica X Vario: Unloved but superb camera makes sense on used market

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A friend bought a Leica X Vario off eBay from a local seller in Sydney last weekend. The camera was just under a year old, barely used, and came complete with all the packaging and accessories, three spare batteries and a genuine Leica lenshood and handgrip. He paid A$1211 for it (US$924-£634)—a serious bargain. However a glimpse down the eBay listings shows that, while this camera was an outlier, the prices for used and even new X Varios are very weak.

Photo competitions: Make the most of your pictures

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Entering competitions can be a rewarding and even lucrative pastime. Here's how to make more of your photography