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.

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.

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

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.

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...

Camera straps with Peak Design connectors from a British manufacturer

Peak Design’s anchor system for camera straps and the company’s range of webbing wrist and neck products have been covered in Macfilos already. The...

Panasonic Lumix S5II bargains, new high-end Panny and Leica news round

Here's our regular round-up of topical, camera gear-related items of potential interest to Macfilos readers

Panasonic launches compact Lumix S 28-200mm F4-7.1 macro travel zoom

Panasonic's new Lumix S 28-200 is claimed to be the world's smallest and lightest long zoom lens. The Lumix S 28-200mm F4-7.1 Macro O.I.S lens is based on the L-Mount standard and is compatible with Panasonic, Leica and Sigma bodies. With a total length of 93.4mm (3.57in) and a modest weight of 413g (14.57oz) compact and light enough to complement even the smaller L-Mount bodies, such as the Lumix S5II…

Lining up the Dot: The British creation that changed the face of Leica lenses

In this week's Macfilos news round, we look at British invention led to Leica's red dot lens alignment. And more....

Leica in 2024 and 2025: What’s next from Wetzlar

What to expect from Leica in 2024 and 2025? Our crystal ball article in November 2022 proved to be one of the most successful...

M-Mount lenses with automatic depth-of-field scale

Our weekly news round continues with a new M-Mount lenses featuring an automatic depth-of-field scale. There's also a w(eir)dly named, vowelless panoramic digital full-frame camera with “viewfinder” aspirations, a design for a Lego M6, and a reminder of desirable Leica camera/lens bundles. We are also bringing tips on Leica’s perspective control, and news of the worst product name of the year...

The Panasonic Lumix S5 range is attracting younger customers to the expanding L-Mount system.

The Panasonic Lumix S5 and S5II models are attracting buyers in their 20s and 30s, providing an injection of younger talent into the L-Mount...

News Round-up: Theft in Vienna, new 100mm Macro lens, camera strap protection

Here is a quick Tuesday round-up of some news items which arrived at Macfilos over the past seven days. Theft at Vienna Leica Store This first...