This was something of a highly wanted joke for years and now it’s a reality… well a reality for those with bottomless wallets.
Leica introduces the world’s first black and white dedicated digital rangefinder (camera for that matter).
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Leica keeps it elite.
Leica is on a roll. A beautiful, beautiful, leather and anodized silver camera-making roll.
Meet Leica’s new Hermès Leica M9-P digital Rangefinder. It was co-designed by the Parisian fashion house for an edition of 300. 200 will go for $25,000, while an extra special 100 will go for $50,000.
Digitalrev: Leica M2 VS M6
Entertaining and wonderful look at two classic Leica cameras while walking the streets of Hong Kong with Eric Kim and Kai Wong.
Though the Leica M9 is a great piece of machinery, I want an M6 more than anything in the world.
This year’s CES is kind of out of control. Loads of amazing technology that keeps coming and coming.
In camera news, Canon announced their new G series camera. Nikon announced their latest and greatest the D4 that seems to be focusing heavily on video modes as expected. In the smaller compact/M43 world, Fuji announced their go at what some might consider a Leica killer (using this term very, very lightly). Though not really a compact nor micro 4/3 system, the size still weighs in to those categories more so than DSLR territory.
Regardless of what category it falls into, the hybrid rangefinder is a truly remarkable piece of camera technology that draws heavily from the past in design and function with digital attributes obviously. Fuji has released both the X100 and X10 with great success over the last year, but the main complaint with both of those systems were the lack of interchangeable lenses. Though they served a great purpose and caught the attention of semi-pros everywhere, the micro 4/3 system users had a small advantage with more lens options.
You can expect to see a lot on this camera in the next few months here on MMM. Here is Engadget’s hands on from CES with video!
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Recently in a conversation with a good friend of mine he was trying to describe my humor and attitude toward life. Though he was a little drunk, I sense it was coming from a genuine place (as most things drunk people say are) and it made me really think about those attributes.
I tend to analyze so many things in the world during my average day as do most comedians I tend to lean towards. Circleface thinks of me as Larry David at times. Which to me is an honest person. Crochety, but honest. Another comedian I have come respect as a genuine person is Louis CK. Though his show is not for everyone and really takes the confrontational approach to another level, it reflects a space my head is constantly in. The shitty space of dealing with shitty people on the regular.
I won’t front and say I have backed CK for years. His show, now in it’s second season, is the main reason of interest. His writing is incredibly real and definitely not your conventional situation comedy. Having just watched the season finale where the show takes him to Afghanistan for a USO tour I can’t help but feel what he must have felt when he actually toured Kuwait in 2009. I highly recommend watching the episode, Duckling, that is currently streaming on Hulu and reading his blog posts about his real tour.
While watching the show, I noticed in one of the last shots a Leica hanging from his backpack. WHOA! What a surprise to see. I immediately Googled what I saw to see if anyone was talking about it, but what turned up was far better.
It turns out CK is somewhat of a photography fanatic. During his tour of Kuwait in 2009 he took a Leica MP, Leica D-lux 3, and a Flip Mino for video. He then actually followed through with not only great photos/video on his blog, but such eloquent writing on what he saw and felt during his 10 day trip.
It is hard for me to describe my admiration for someone that clearly sees the world for what it is, and I hope you can understand after reading his wonderful blog posts.
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Oskar Barnack Awards 2011: The Winners
I wrote about this earlier this year and we now have a chance to look at some great finalists and winners. Though I don’t consider myself a photographer, I wasn’t blown away by many of the photos. I know what I like and of course this is all a matter of opinion, but I am surprised some of the entries shown were in fact finalists. Again, I don’t consider myself a photographer. Great work to EVERYONE though, you visually engage me regardless of what I think.
Leica has recently announced the 2011 Oskar Barnack international photo competition.
“Competition entry conditions: An international jury awards the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ / ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ to photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between humans and the environment in graphic form in a sequence of up to 12 images. Entry submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between humans and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, unobtrusive and groundbreaking.”
Submissions will be taken starting January 15th through March 1st 2011.
To learn more about the Barnack + the competition, you must learn.