Goodbye Leica X2, hello Panasonic Lumix GX9

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When the trust old Leica X2 gave up the ghost, where to turn. Jean Perenet has migrated to the similarly sized Panasonic Lumix GX9, swapping APS-C for micro four-thirds along the way...

Review: Leica Classic Steel-Rim Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 and a look at the new M6...

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Jonathan Slack reviews the new-old Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 after a year of testing. And takes a look at the new classic M6 film camera...

Review: Leica APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2

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The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 is a significant lens announcement for Leica, but more than that it's a lovely lens of peerless quality. Something to be used as a standard lens by the discerning photographer for years to come.

The M Files Encore: five particularly recommendable M-Mount lenses

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One of the major attractions of Leica's venerable M system is the astonishingly wide range of lenses, not just from Leica but from some of the best-known names in the history of lens technology...

Leica 135mm f/4 Elmar: Bargain telephoto for the M

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One of the big advantages of adopting the M system, or using M adaptors on mirrorless cameras, is the incredible range of available lenses at almost any price point. The early 1960s 135mm f/4 Elmar is an effective telephoto choice at a bargain price...

Brilliant Quality: Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera with 25/2.8 and 35/2.8 and 50/2 ZM lenses

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I have to admit, our The M Files series feels a bit like a sad walk through the camera museum so far. You read...

The M Files (13): Three Konica M-Hexanon lenses – one of them is a...

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Konica produced several lenses for their film-loading rangefinder camera, the Hexar RF. This article reviews the M-Hexanon 28/2.8, 90/,2.8 and the bi-focal lens 21-35/3.4-4.

Review: Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 mm f/2.8 ASPH for L-Mount

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Jono Slack reviews the latest 24-70 mm f/2.8 Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL, a smaller and lighter constant-aperture alternative to the original 24-90 zoom...

The M Files: Not quite Leica M… But really interesting

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The hype seems never-ending: used Leica M film cameras continue to post new price records on the second-hand market. A good copy of the...
Voigtländer APO 35, 50 and 90

The M Files (14): Voigtländer APO 35, 50 and 90 – the attack on...

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APO, that was once almost a synonym for Leica. And to this day, spectacular apochromatic lens designs come from Wetzlar. But at Voigtländer/ Cosina,...

The Leica alternative: The Leica CL analogue rangefinder with its 40/2 and 90/4

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Jörd-Peter expands The M Files with a discussion on the Leica CL and its lenses.

Leica’s new steel-rim Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 joins the Classic Line of lenses

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One of the most notable fast, wide angle lenses of all time, the 1961 Leica Summilux-M 35 f/1.4 is today relaunched as a part of the Classic Line of lenses. Dubbed by Leica as the "true king of bokeh", the lens bears the classic "steel rim" and is compact and very light - only 200g...

The M Files (11): Distagon revisited — the Zeiss Distagon ZM 18 and 35...

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The M-mount saga continues as Jörg-Peter looks at two alternative Zeiss ZM lenses for Leica and other M-mount cameras...
APS-C L-Mount lenses

Leica has abandoned APS-C – three ways to go for lens owners

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Leica has abandoned their APS-C system with L-Mount. Many lenses are still around, also from Sigma. This review discusses if the Leica SL2, the Panasonic S1R or the Sigma fpL are useful cameras for the owners of APS-C L-Mount lenses.

Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1.2: An Appreciation

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Jonathan assesses the newly resurrected 50mm Leica Noctilux f/1.2, first produced in 1966 and now reissued as a retro delight for Leica fans...