Saturday, January 25, 2020

A day in the life of a sad old Leica addict, tramping the streets...

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Yesterday I spied a rather nice Leica M3 and 50mm Summitar, complete with Leica Meter, sitting in a camera shop in West London. Not a Leica dealer, however. I couldn’t resist having a look and found a good user M3, single stroke, from 1963, with a 1946 f/2 Summitar screw-mount lens attached. Old screw-mount Summitars are enjoying something of a renaissance, I recalled.....

Leica M10 Edition Zagato: All-aluminium set will cost £18,000

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Another new Leica, the first M10 special edition, is launched this evening in Wetzlar. Here is the information from the Leica press office.

Fujinon 90mm f/2 R LM WR Review: Break out the piggy bank

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This is possibly the quickest review I have ever written, but I wanted to get the word out about the Fujinon 90mm f/2 R LM WR (the Fuji XF 90 to its friends). This is the lens that I have been waiting for. Save your pennies. Break the piggybank. Max that card. Pawn your granny. Get one. Now.

Review: Leica T—a diligently polished performer

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Leica's new interchangeable camera, the T, is a tour de force in camera design. The Apple influence has been much commented on: Hewn from a solid block of aluminium, minimalist, unimpeachable quality, polished by diligent Portuguese to within an second of boredom.

Lost Bugatti meets the 24-litre Napier-Railton at Brooklands

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Last weekend I was fortunate to see the massive "Lost Bugatti" on display for a short time at Brooklands Museum alongside the equally impressive 24-litre Napier-Railton — a permanent exhibit at the famous race track and museum.

Leica 50mm Apo-Summicron-M ASPH: An extraordinarily competent lens

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When I collected my review copy of Leica's flagship 50mm Apo-Summicron last week I was prepared to like it. I was not convinced, however, that its eye-watering £5,600 price tag justified the reportedly small increase in image quality over, say, the old 50mm Summicron or, even, the faster 50mm Summilux FLE.

London Flightpath: Through the glass crisply

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We've all poked our camera through the porthole window to grab a shot under the landing path — but seldom do we manage such detail as Tom did over London....

Finding the ideal compact travel camera

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Most of us are pretty clued up on full-frame, APS-C and, even, micro four-thirds. But what to look for in the ultimate travel camera, the one to slip in your pocket when you go out and about on a summer's evening?

Uluru: The end of the long and torrid climb

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For years the major tourist attraction of Australia’s Red Centre has been a visit to Uluru — previously known as Ayers Rock —and the strenuous climb up the rock. But from October 31 that has all changed. From that date it is illegal to climb the rock, with a $600 fine for those who do.

Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH arrives together with firmware update

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After a long wait, the first prime lens for the Leica SL system has landed on dealers' shelves. It's a fast, 50mm to perfectly complement the successful mirrorless camera.