The Good Companion meets some chums from 1929, including a Leica I and a...

I have a new good companion which I met for the first time a month ago. It all started with the Klack keyboard noise...

Ten Most-Read Articles of the Quarter: The old, the new, and the non-existent

This quarter's look back takes us into the realm of speculation and wishful thinking, as well as highlighting some incredible photography. Leica dominates the lineup, but we have a couple of entries from a new player on the scene.

Leica Launches Prestigious New FOTO Award for Food Photography

Breaking news: Leica has launched a prestigious new FOTO award category, helping legitimize a long neglected corner of the fine-art photography world.

Prioritising Weight over Speed: Is this the new fashion in lens design?

More zoom lenses are being introduced which are lightweight but possess slow minimum apertures. Are we really sacrificing anything when buying such a lens? Keith puts one such lens, the Lumix 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom through its paces.
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Jason’s Newsround: Leica M reimagined, new show venues, Ricoh’s new GR III HDF cameras

In this week's news round, we look at the Leica M reimagined, a bold take on bringing the rangefinder up to date. There are new venues for two British photographic events, details of a toy camera that could make a fun present for any photographer, and a glimpse of a new collapsible 50mm f/2 lens for M-Mount. Plus, Fujifilm tells us that without the success of the X100, the company could have been in a difficult position. Finally, we look at all the wild rumours of a revolutionary Leica D-Lux 8. Sorry, but we don't think they are true.

Operation Lock Almost: One way to tame that skittering focus point on the Leica...

Operation Lock. That’s what Panasonic calls it. All modern Panasonic Lumix cameras, as far as I know, offer this quick and convenient method of locking down the controls so you can be sure none of your settings will be upset by itchy fingers or wandering thumbs. Similar features are common in many modern cameras. But Leica has steadfastly refused to add an easily operated operation lock function to prevent the four-way pad or the joystick (where fitted) from moving the focus point around unbidden.

Leica introduces steel-rim 35mm Summilux limited edition in black

A limited edition of the steel-rim Leica Summilux-M f/1.4 in anodised black is launched today. Optically and mechanically, it is identical to the silver version, which was announced in 2022 as part of the factory's programme of re-creating classic lenses in modern format…

Vintage digital cameras are back. But some new models have become unobtainable

In this week's news round up, we hear about the fascination with compact digital cameras from yesteryear, as well as the hurdles to getting your hands on the latest and greatest kit

Quintessential Portugal from the archives: A trip down memory lane in 15 images

It was not until 2016 that we discovered Portugal. If you live in the Europe or the United Kingdom, Portugal is right up there with Spain as a top holiday destination. But living here on the other side of the planet, it is not high up our list of ‘must visit’ places…

Bill’s old Leica IId: Witness to a century of turmoil

I have owned my Leica IID for ten years. But I am just one of many owners it has had in its long life of nearly ninety years. My old Leica has a story to tell. You wouldn’t believe what it has witnessed in its long and productive life….

All the action from the Leica world: people, gatherings, cameras, firmware updates, and deals!

This week's news round is dominated by all the goings-on in the Leica world. If you fancy a weekend getaway with fellow enthusiasts, here's your chance. Or, if you would like to buy some used Leica gear with zero-interest financing, head to Mayfair. Perhaps you've already picked up a new SL3 or Sofort. In that case, we have some news for you. And if you would like to know what's going on beyond the Leica world, don't worry, Ricoh, Fujifilm, Panasonic, and Lomography all get a mention too.

Leica SL3 Review: Six months with the new L-Mount flagship

The Leica SL3 is here. Jonathan Slack provides the definitive, hand-on review of the latest version of Leica's top-of-the-range mirrorless camera.

Leica SL3 Launched: Faster, snappier, with tilt screen, new menus and a slightly lighter...

The new Leica SL3 is here after months of rumour and speculation. It’s a few millimetres smaller and 76g lighter, but has changed in...

Recognition for World-famous Photographers: Exhibitions, book signings, and a US stamp series

This week's news includes stories about three world-famous photographers. The Leica Gallery in London is exhibiting the work of Elliott Erwitt, who died last...