Thursday, February 20, 2020

Leica launches three special-edition lenses

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Two new limited-edition olive-green Safari M-mount lenses join the Leica lineup alongside a silver-anodised version of the popular 75mm Apo-Summicron.

Mr Jones, Josef Stalin and a “Leica” screw-mount

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A favourite actor, an educational theme and a Leica. What's not to like about Mr Jones?

Leica’s M-mount is 70 years old this month

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The M3 arrived in 1954, but the M-mount was patented this month in 1954, so it celebrates its platimum anniversary early, ahead of the celebrations due in 2024.

Japan: Impressions and a quirky angle on a fascinating country

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More travels in Japan viewed in colour and with emphasis on the wider angles

Travel Tip: In-camera battery charging can save your bacon

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Every forgotten to pack your Leica battery charger? Or, worse still, ever lost it while travelling? USB in-camera charging gives you a safety net but, unfortunately, it is available on only one German-made Leica, the new SL2. It's almost worth upgrading from the SL just for that....

Leica firmware updates for SL and CL

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Hot on the heels of the major firmware update for the Q2, slightly less details upgrades are announced for the CL and SL 601 (original model). These are largely related to improving compatibiliyt with L-Mount lenses from Sigma and Panasonic.

Photography: The games we play

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A visit to the 'Stans with the Gang of Four: A quartet of disparate photo enthusiast with a gear-agnostic view of life

Britain’s motor industry and the plug-in future: A visit to Gaydon

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How practical is an electric car? I'm on a strong learning curve as I get to grips with the new Jaguar I-Pace. But its excellence is tarnished by the dreadful EV charging infrastructure in Britain. Only Tesla is doing it right. The rest, including Jaguar, are fast gurgling down the plughole. A new approach is needed if we are to meet the new 2035 targets.

Leica Q2 firmware update brings added functionality

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Leica has issued the first major firmware update for the Q2. I'll be reporting on this in more detail later but, in the meantime, it is disappointing to see that two expected changes have not been made.

Billingham’s Thomas: A briefcase for all occasions

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Photographers tend to think of Billingham as a manufacturer of camera bags. But the range of general luggage is also worth a look. The handy Thomas briefcase/messenger bag is all rounder than can even accommodate your camera.