1. To DNG or not to DNG?

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    An interesting case came up recently in a photography competition, where the winning photograph of a Nature category was queried by member of the club as to its authenticity. There was debate about the relative size of this creature to that creature and the relative depth of field and various...
  2. Still a reason why it’s known as Fujifilm

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    The Fuji X series of camera’s were a shot in the arm for Fuji as a digital camera manufacturer, stealing inspiration from Leica in the retro-tastic X100, at a fraction of the cost and adding a host of additional features over its German doppleganger. Whilst the X series goes from...
  3. Leica Q

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    Leica launch a new compact camera, but one that’s a proper Leica, not a Panasonic rebrand. You can always tell the difference from the extra zero added to the price tag on anything with a red dot. Simply, the Q is a 24mp full frame camera with built in EVF,...
  4. How to shoot a Leica M

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    Helpful training advice, or simply a marketing piece, a leica serves up a slick video with enthusiastic street shooter Craig Semetko, claiming that going up to people on the street with a Leica isn’t as intimidating as other (presumably DSLR) cameras. Using that theory, street shooters should use nothing more...
  5. How to Shoot Street…with a Leica

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    I’ve never managed to take street photography on my Leica, somewhat due to timing, as I got my film Leica when I was killing time popping hospital strength painkillers, and doing laps of the lounge in a protective boot and crutches, and I haven’t quite got back in the photographic...
  6. Smart Camera…phone

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    Wrap a Leica lens, instead a panasonic phone, and infest with Android operating system, and you have the new Panasonic DMC-CM1 smart phone, with USP, 1″ camera sensor. Will it upset the apple cart, no, but it does through out the technical gautlet to other manufactures about improving the camera...
  7. Cult of Leica

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    The BBC hosts a small film about Leica and its cult status. In 1914 optical engineer Oskar Barnack was working for Ernst Leitz when he designed the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera, or so-called Ur-Leica. The small handheld camera, one of the first to use 35mm film, finally went...
  8. Just stop watching

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    Leica have released the next big thing in German quality control, the Leica T, whose USP appears to be the fact that it milled out of a single piece aluminium. Is it any better than a Sony NEX series camera? Watch this ad, billed as the most boring ad ever...
  9. Konstruktor project

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    Build your own 35mm camera in 1-2 hours says the deftly designed box that houses the Lomography DIY camera. This weekend I set out to build it… The ceremonial unboxing brought back memories of childhood toys, as you open up each box and discover the wonders within in the shape...
  10. Strange Fruit

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    Design guru’s Jonathon Ive and Marc Newson, who’ve masterminded Apple products and the wacky Pentax K-01 respectively, have been chained to their designer desks again to come up with a special, one off Leica M camera. The camera will be sold at auction, raising money for the Global Fund to...

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