Friday, July 10, 2020

Leica Owners’ Area updated and ready for business

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After an absence of several months, the Leica Owners' Area is now up and running again with an improved graphic interface. It could be the home for all your cameras and lenses, even those from third-party manufacturers.

Ilford Witness: How Bolton almost became the Wetzlar of England

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This is the story of two Germans, one from Zeiss, the other from Leitz, who escaped Nazi persecution in the mid-1930s and set out to design a Leica-beating camera in Bolton. Yes, Bolton. It's a fascinating story of ingenuity and lost opportunities.....

6 iconic cameras to start your Leica collection

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Collecting old Leicas doesn't require a fortune and, unlike vintage cars and motorcycles, they don't take up much space and require little expensive maintenance. Noted collector Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck suggests six cameras that could help you put your toe in the water.

Leica M8: Looking back on Leica’s first digital M

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Jean looks back at Leica's first digital M, the crop-sensor M8

1957 Agfa Ambi Silette: Quality is for life

Jason went shopping for an old SLR but came back with something he had never imagined. The Agfa Ambi Silette as turned out to be a remarkably good buy.

Press photography with the screw-mount Leicas

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Press photographer Don Morley looks back on his reliance on pre-war screw-mount Leicas for his daily bread and butter, back in the 1950s.

The Leica prototype that could fetch two million

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Auction prices for early Leica cameras can sometimes astound. Will this rare O-Series prototype from 1921 sell for over €2m? Anything is possible, says William Fagan.

Going Down Jordan

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William takes us on a photographic tour of Jordan, ending at the magificent site of Petra

Leica M System: In praise of simplicity and longevity

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Judging by the rapid-fire arrival of M-mount lenses, you'd think Leica's cameras were the best-sellers. But no, the secret of the success of the M system lies in simplicity, mechanical excellence and the resulting longevity.

Besser a Bessa: Looking for a Voigtländer Bessa R4A or R4M

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Any old Bessas? We are looking for a Bessa R4A or R4M to borrow for test or, even, buying is a possibility.