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Phillip Lieberman M10 Experience

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M10 Experience

I’ve used Leicas since 1950 and every M since the M3, excepting the M5 and M8.
The M10 handles like the film cameras – that is like part of your hand.

The controls are well thought out. Exposure compensation and ISO are instantly available – basically all that you would want to change in the course of photographing, without the distraction of hunting around on menus.
The sensor/shutter configuration like the M262 doesn’t seem to pick up dust like the M240.

The new sensor at ISO 3200 results in crisp sharp images with superb micro-contrast. At lower ISOs it’s fantastic – noticeably better than previous M’s and looks better than photos shot on a Sony A7rii with Leica lenses. ISO 6400 produces images that are noise-free – much better than ISO 3200 on a M240.
ISO 25,000 is surprisingly good, but the difference between ISO 200 and ISO 25,000 is evident. Automatic color balance clearly is better than previous M’s or the Sony.

I’ve attached some images, some in very challenging lighting. The color balance hasn’t been shifted in Lightroom and minimal corrections have been applied. It’s the digital camera that I’ve been waiting for.
About the only thing that I would have wished for is replacing the brass with aluminum to reduce the weight by another two ounces. However, it handles so well that isn’t very important.

On-time and wake-up times are faster than the M-240 or M-262 using a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64 GB card formatted in XFATT, about a second – the time that it takes to bring the camera into action. Live view works well, permitting focusing extremely precisely and the delay is faster than the M-240, not on a par with the Sony A7Rii, but nonetheless useful.

The only odd thing that I’ve noticed is that if you compose to the edge of the left vertical 50mm frame line you will lose a small segment of the image with a 50 Apo-Summicron, or 90 mm frame lines with Macro Elmar at distances under 3 meters.
The frame lines are right on a little under three meters

Sample images labeled with ISO attached – all with 50 mm Apo=Summicron.
Philip Lieberman

Please check out the link below to Mr. Lieberman photographs of traditional life in the Tibetan Himalaya regions of Nepal, India and Tibet in the Tibetan and Himalayan digital library. They are of a world that has since almost disappeared.
http://mms.thlib.org/topics/4005/pictures
 

LEICA M10 – The Camera.

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Leica Camera is proud to announce the expansion of the digital Leica M family with the introduction of the Leica M10. Slimmer in size, faster in performance, and offering the best image quality with smarter connectivity for intuitive usage – the Leica M10 sets the new standards for rangefinder photography and state-of-the-art imaging.

The Leica M10 builds on more than 60 years of rangefinder expertise, 11 years of digital M-Camera development and the invaluable feedback from dedicated M-Photographers to not only bring the slimmest digital M of all time, but the most refined and state-of-the-art digital rangefinder Leica has ever created.

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KEY BENEFITS & FEATURES:

- Slimmest digital M ever made, for better handling

– Full-frame digital rangefinder, concentrated on photography

– New ISO dial makes this the first digital M with direct access to the essential settings, even when the camera is OFF

– Simple and intuitive control via the new ISO dial and only three buttons: Live-View, Playback and Menu

– Improved rangefinder/viewfinder provides better control of focus and composition with larger field of view, higher magnification and increased eye relief

– First Leica M with integrated Wi-Fi and smart connectivity via iOS app (Android app launching later)

– Programmable ‘Favorites’ menu for quick access to desired options

– Easier Live View focusing with improved Focus Peaking and adjustable/movable magnification

– All new 24 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor ensures exceptional image quality and improved performance

– ISO 100 – 50,000 for better photos in both bright and very low light

– Faster performance with a new Maestro II processor and 2 GB buffer capacity, enabling high speed frame rate of up to 5 fps with longer continuous shooting

– Wide range of tailor-made accessories

– Leica Visoflex compatibility for high resolution electronic viewfinder needs with GPS functionality

– Compatibility with nearly every Leica M lens ever made, and additionally Leica R lenses via an adapter and Live-View

– Outstanding build quality Made in Germany, available in black chrome or silver chrome

– Body constructed from brass and magnesium-alloy with Corning Gorilla Glass LCD cover

– Weather resistant to withstand light rain and dust

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ISO Setting Dial For Better Control

One of the most striking changes with the Leica M10 is the ISO setting dial on the top plate. For the first time in a digital M, the M10 allows all essential shooting parameters such as distance, aperture, exposure time and ISO values to be preselected without using the menu or switching on the camera. This allows for better control and more discreet photography.

Superior Imaging Performance

The key component of the Leica M10 is the new 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor developed specifically, for this camera. It features new technologies that lead to significant improvements in all parameters relevant to imaging performance – impressive dynamic range, excellent color rendition, exceptional sharpness and the finest resolution of details.

ISO Range Extended, now from 100-50,000

The new sensor of the M10 extends the ISO sensitivity range from a base of 100 to a maximum of 50,000 with much improved performance and less noise at higher ISO values. The Leica M10 opens up new avenues of photography and delivers exceptional imaging performance in difficult lighting conditions.

The New Maestro-II Processor

The latest generation Leica Maestro-II image processor of the Leica M10 reflects the state-of-the-art of advanced processor technology. In combination with the new 24 MP sensor, this ensures that all exposures fulfill the promise made by Leica cameras – pictures that captivate with exceptional quality and brilliance. The Leica M10 delivers images with low digital noise levels and true-to-life detail, even at ISO values as high as 50,000.

New Optical Rangefinder/Viewfinder

The new optical rangefinder/viewfinder in the M10 greatly improves the focusing and composing of subjects. The field of view has been enlarged by 30%. The magnification factor has been increased to 0.73 x. Also, with a 50% increase of the eye-relief distance, the viewfinder is much more convenient to use, especially for those who wear glasses.

Leaner Operating Concept

With a slimmer profile and only three buttons on the back of the camera – Live-View, Playback and Menu, the Leica M10 is incredibly easy to handle and use.

Fast Continuous Shooting

With a 2.0 GB buffer memory and continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second at full resolution, the Leica M10 ensures that a photographer will never miss decisive moments.

Weather Resistant for All Conditions

The Leica M10 is perfectly equipped to withstand light water sprays and dust. The camera’s top and bottom plates are machined from solid blocks of brass, with a full-metal magnesium-alloy chassis and scratch-resistant Corning ® Gorilla® Glass covering the LCD. The build of the camera and its special rubber seals make it able to resist the adversities of everyday life, even in bad weather.

The ‘Favorites’ Menu

The importance of particular settings varies according to personal preferences and photographic needs. To cater for these, the Leica M10 offers a programmable ‘Favorites’ menu. In this menu, the photographer defines personal preferences for the relevant parameters and can later access them at the press of a button. The settings can be easily changed and adapted to meet the needs of specific photographic situations at any time.

Wireless Connectivity

The Leica M10 is the first M-Camera with an integrated Wi-Fi module. This allows pictures to be sent conveniently to iOS devices, via a wireless connection, and immediately shared online while on the go or in the field. It also enables remote control of the Leica M10 via Wi-Fi with a smartphone or tablet equipped with the Leica M-App. Important shooting parameters, such as shutter speed, or functions such as firing the shutter can also be controlled from the smart device. An equivalent app for Android devices, will be made available at a later time.

Live-View Focusing with Focus Peaking

Live-View offers both focus peaking, the automatic marking of sharply focused edges as colored lines, as well as magnification to attain pin-point accurate focusing on the LCD monitor. In the Leica M10, the visibility of these contrasting peaking lines has been vastly improved from the previous generation, and now enables even more convenient focusing by allowing the magnified view to be moved anywhere on the Live-View image.

Sustainability & Longevity

Leica has been making history for decades – with cameras that have always been ahead of their time. Throughout all these years, Leica has always kept a tight focus on sustainability. In the 1950s, Leica created a timeless and enduring standard – the Leica M-bayonet. Nearly all Leica M-Lenses produced ever since can be mounted and used on the Leica M10. Leica cameras and lenses are timeless and faithful companions with enduring reliability and an exceptionally long life.

Compatibility With Leica Visoflex EVF and R-Lenses

The combination of the Leica R-Adapter and the Leica Visoflex 2.4 MP electronic viewfinder makes it possible to use nearly all Leica R-Lenses ever made on the M10. Manually focusing R-Lenses is now easier than on prior M cameras with the combination of the Visoflex and the M10’s improved Live-View functions. Additionally, the Visoflex’s built-in GPS functionality embeds geotag data into every image the M10 captures while it is mounted.

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Leica M10 – Accessories

Leica M10 Holster 

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Made of premium leather, the holster provides protection and complete freedom of movement while using the camera. With its patented multiangle connection and a rip-resistant adjustable belt, it always lays flat against the user’s body. The holster is large enough to hold a Leica M10 with or without a handgrip attached. 

Leica M10 Protector       

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The M10 Protector is made of soft leather in black, red or vintage brown with a moulded grip, making it easy to handle the camera. The included matching leather LCD screen protection on the back is easily removable. The protector can be attached to the camera by a specially designed knurled screw without a tool. All camera controls and functions are easily accessible and optional accessories such as carrying straps, wrist straps and the thumb support can all be used in combination with the protector.      

Carrying straps and wrist straps

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The leather carrying straps and wrist straps are both elegant and practical. Embossed with the Leica logo, the straps can be used will all M cameras. The protective tabs prevent scratching of the camera body. The straps are available in black, red and vintage brown.  

Leather Pouch

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The soft and supple black leather pouch offers ideal protection for Leica M cameras with or without a handgrip. It features a wrist strap and practical Velcro fasteners. The pouch with a short front is suitable for M cameras with lenses up to a diameter of 65 mm and maximum length of 60 mm. The pouch with the long front, offers protection for M cameras with lenses up to a diameter of 65 mm and a maximum length of 80 mm. The leather pouch can be used with other Leica cameras.    

Leica M10 Thumb Support, black or silver

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The thumb support enhances the ergonomics of the Leica M 10 by slotting into the hot shoe. With the thumb, pressed up against the thumb rest, the camera can be held much more steadily and is easier to handle. It makes shooting with one hand much steadier and allows the use of longer shutter speeds with less risk of camera shake. The thumb support is machined from brass and is finished in the same classic surface coating as the Leica M 10 to ensure a perfect match when attached.

 

Leica M10 Hand grip, black or silver

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The handgrip ensures that the Leica M10 can be held safely and steadily when shooting single-handed or with one of the heavier Leica M-lenses. The optionally available finger loops, in sizes, S, M and L can further improve the grip on the camera. With an integrated tripod mount, the handgrip doesn’t have to be removed when shooting from a tripod. A large diameter knurled screw enables quick and easy attachment.

 

Leica Visoflex (Typ 020)

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Thanks to its swivel action, the 2.4 MP, high-resolution visoflex electronic finder enables photography from unusual angles and simultaneously expands the photographer’s creative horizons. When the viewfinder is held up to the eye, the eye sensor automatically switches the Live View feed from the camera LCD into the Visoflex EVF and back again as soon as the camera is moved away from the eye. It also features an integrated GPS module that can be switched on for geotagging image flies.  

Leica Thread Adapter & New Correction Lenses

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The thread adapter is supplied with a special tool for mounting it on the camera. Once mounted, Leica correction filters from previous M cameras with smaller diameters can be mounted on the M10. The Thread Adapter also enables the use of the Leica Anglefinder M and the viewfinder magnifiers on the Leica M10. The thread adapter and mounting tool are supplied in a Leica SD case for safekeeping when not in use.

 

USB Stick, Leica M10

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The 16 GB USB Stick, Leica M 10 can also be used as a key chain.

 

The NEW SL-Lenses / Three prime lenses and a zoom !

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The NEW SL-Lenses  A brilliant outlook for 2017 !!

The new 35 mm, 75 mm and 90 mm Summicron prime lenses reflect the latest advancements in the development of lens technology for the Leica SL, with lighter and more compact construction, coupled with improved optical design. Not only do these new lenses exceed the exceptional imaging performance of the first generation of SL-Lenses, but they also offer a considerably shorter closest focusing distance.

The new Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. ultra-wide zoom expands the existing portfolio of SL zoom lenses. For landscapes and architecture, shooting at events, concerts or weddings, or even for reportage and documentary work: the enormous versatility of this lens makes it the ideal companion whatever and wherever you shoot and – thanks to its dust and weather-sealed construction – even in the most challenging and adverse photographic conditions.

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75 mm f/2 ASPH.: Available from summer of 2017
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90 mm f/2 ASPH.: Available from autumn 2017
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 mm f/3,5-4,5 ASPH.: Available from winter 2017
Leica Summicron-SL 35 mm f/2 ASPH.: Available from beginning of 2018

 

Check out our web site for current SL System inventory ( click link)

Leica Sofort Instant Film Camera Mint / White & Orange New

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Leica Sofort Instant Film Camera Mint / White & Orange New

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Accepts instax mini Instant Film
  • Automatik-Hektor 60mm f/12.7 Lens
  • 34mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3-Zone Manual Focus System
  • 37x Optical Viewfinder with Target
  • Built-In Flash & Mechanical Shutter
  • Multiple Automatic Shooting Modes
  • Exposure Compensation of ±0.7 EV
  • Macro Mode Focuses to 11.8″; Self-Timer
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack

 

introducing its first instant film camera, Leica has released the Sofort: a distinctly Leica-esque camera built for fun, ease of use, and creating shareable prints on the spot. The unique design of the camera utilizes instax mini-format film, and the colorful squared profile of the camera incorporates a 0.37x-magnification optical viewfinder and an Automatik-Hektor 60mm f/12.7 lens, which provides a 34mm equivalent focal length for a standard wide-angle perspective. The lens’s design permits zone focusing in three ranges, down to 11.8″, via a lens ring, and the standard Program shooting mode allows for +/-0.7 EV exposure compensation and flash mode control, including a second curtain setting for more natural results. The camera is powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that provides up to 100 shots on a single charge. For more creative shooting, there are also dedicated Self-Portrait, People & Party, Action & Sport, Bulb, Macro, Self-Timer, and Double Exposure modes. Complementing its playful intentions, the Leica Sofort is available in : Mint , White & Orange In addition to the camera itself, Leica is also releasing a slew of accessories, including its own Leica Sofort Color Instant Film & Leica Sofort Monochrom Instant Film Pack , which both feature distinct warm-white-colored borders to provide a classic appearance for each image. Additionally, you can deck out your camera with protective Brown or Black cases, or matching white, mint or orange neck straps Additionally, you can deck out your camera with protective brown or black cases, or matching whitemint, or orange neck straps. And for the Sofort enthusiast, a postcard set, photo album, box set, and photo presenter are all also available to highlight Leica’s entrance into instant film photography.

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Leica and ONA present an exclusive collection of premium camera bags

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Leica Camera and ONA announced an exclusive collection of of camera bags.

Shipping will start in November to Leica dealers.

Leica Camera and ONA present an exclusive collection of high-quality, premium camera bags

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary 35mm camera in 2014, ONA – an American manufacturer of premium camera bags – created ‘The Berlin II’, a bag designed especially for the Leica M-System. As a follow-up to this collaboration, the two companies have once again joined together to present the ‘ONA FOR LEICA’ collection, featuring six distinctive models crafted by ONA. Each piece will be lined in red and will feature a red rivet, as a discreet reference to Leica. The series will be offered exclusively by Leica Camera AG in a range of materials and color combinations.

About ONA

ONA is a purveyor of fine bags and accessories designed for, and inspired by, photographers and creative professionals.  Each bag is meticulously hand-crafted from the highest quality materials, conveniently sized, built to last for years, with a particularly attractive, minimalist design. The bags provide durable protection for precious Leica cameras and lenses while reflecting the photographer’s inimitable personal style.

Leica and ONA present an exclusive collection of premium camera bags  *(click for more info)

Leica Collection by ONA, Berlin II M-System Leather Camera Bag - Black Cat # 14917 NEWLeica Collection by ONA, Berlin M-System Leather Camera Bag - Vintage Bourbon Cat # 14916 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Bowery Camera Bag - Black Cat # 14903 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Bowery Camera Bag - Field Tan Cat # 14904 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Bowery Camera Bag - Smoke cat # 14905 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Bowery Leather Camera Bag - Antique Cognac Cat # 14901 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Bowery Leather Camera Bag - Dark Truffle Cat # 14902 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Brixton Camera Messenger Bag - Black Cat # 14913 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Brixton Camera Messenger Bag - Field Tan Cat # 14914 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Brixton Camera Messenger Bag - Smoke Cat # 14915 NewLeica Collection by ONA, Brixton Leather Camera Messenger Bag - Antique Cognac Cat # 14911 New

 

 

Leica 28 mm f/5.6 Summaron-M Cat # 11695 New USA

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SP $2495 Pre-Order lens / Please call 1.888.534.2272 to order.

Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6 a classic lens reborn!

Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6, a reincarnation of a classic lens design and the most compact M-Lens to date. The Summaron-M is modeled after the original screw mount Summaron 28 mm f/5.6 lens produced at the Leitz factory in Wetzlar from 1955 to 1963. The new Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6 is recreated with an M-bayonet mount, 6-bit coding and a slightly revised mechanical design but no changes to the optical design itself. Each lens will be a special order item, made only after an order has been placed.

The Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6 offers the following benefits :

  • Optical design similar to the original Summaron 28mm f/5.6 lens
  • Most compact M-Lens, with an overall length of about 3/4” (less than 2cm) is unobtrusive and ideal for street photography
  • Provides unmistakable imaging signature which otherwise cannot be reproduced by digital means
  • Through its combination of large depth of field, natural contrast, excellent rendition of details, and visible vignetting, the Summaron-M gives images a unique character, reminiscent of analog photography
  • Combination of a clearly laid out depth of field scale and long focus throw allows precise and easy zone focusing
  • Depth of field scale is colored in red
  • Assembled by hand from top quality materials and finished in Silver Chrome
  • Made in Germany and delivery scope includes metal lens hood and cap.
  • The design and manufacturing process of the metal lens hood has ben recreated to match the original Summaron lens. It is first machined from solid brass and then given its ultimate form by a turning and bending process.
  • Pre-Order with a 10% down payment.

Leica 28 mm f/5.6 Summaron-M Cat # 11695 New USA

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LEICA Q TITANIUM GRAY Cat # 19012 New USA

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SP $4495 / FREE shipping (In the US) We are accepting orders, should be in stock soon!

LEICA Q TITANIUM GRAY Cat # 19012 New USA

Stylish design option

A brand new, alternative design to our classic full-frame compact camera with fast lens has arrived – the Leica Q Titanium gray. Offering the same impressive performance and technical specifications of the original model, this stunning camera has an elegant and unique look all of its own. The top and base plate, and back of the camera, are finished in a premium titanium gray lacquer. The Leica logogram and controls remain in subtle black, while the distance scale in feet and the focal length on the lens are highlighted in red. Its colour-coordinated carrying strap has been manufactured from strong material most commonly used to make professional climbing ropes. A truly eye-catching and stylish companion.

The Leica Q Titanium Gray, an additional color variation to the Leica Q (Typ 116).The Leica Q Titanium Gray, while technically identical in specification and operation to the current Leica Q (Typ 116), features a titanium color lacquered top plate, bottom plate and rear case with the lens, control dials and buttons in black. With its fast lens, easy and intuitive handling, the Leica Q gives the photographer the creative freedom that makes the difference. With a full frame sensor and the Summilux 28 mm/f1.7 ASPH lens, the Leica Q is ideal for street, architecture and landscape photography.

KEY BENEFITS

Unique Titanium Gray lacquered finish

Full frame 24 megapixel sensor

Easy and intuitive handling with fast lens

Fastest autofocus Outstanding craftsmanship

Easy, instinctive use with touch screen control

Minimalist design

Integrated Wi-Fi and Leica Q-App makes it easy to share pictures

Range of classic and timeless accessories

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® available as free download

 

 

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Celebrating a decade of digital M photography

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Trade-up to a new M camera!

Leica Camera celebrates a decade of digital M photography with a trade up program to a new M camera* from today, June 17, 2016 through September 30, 2015.

Leica cameras are built on more than a century of continuous innovation and evolution. The M system looks back on 62 years of experience. An icon that has captured many of the world’s most memorable images, documenting history and inspiring generations of visual storytellers. It is fitting that this milestone is marked with a customer promotion for M cameras*.

With the trade up program, customers can trade up from any camera with a Leica dealer to a new Leica M camera* except the Leica M (Typ 262) and Leica M-D (Typ 262).

The customer will receive $750 from Leica Camera Inc. after the new camera is registered with Leica Camera Inc.

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How the trade-in program works:

Send us (or bring) your old used camera for trade up, we will determine the value of the trade-in camera. (Generous offer for ANY camera!! Please Call sam 1-888-534-2272 or email Sam@classicconnection.com)

This value would be put towards the cost of the new M camera the new M camera. Once registration of the new camera is completed you will receive from Leica USA a check for US $750

(All registrations and check requests will take eight weeks to process and will be mailed to addresses in Canada and USA.)

 

Sam Shoshan

Classic Connection LLC.
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(by appointment only )

Fairfield CT 06825

Phone:Toll free:1-888-534-2272

Phone: 203-371-2352 or 203-371-2353

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Leica S 007

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The first medium format digital I owned was the Contax 645 with a Phase 25 back. I liked the Contax, but it was a retro-fitted MF SLR and a little clumsy to work with. When the Leica S2 came out I pounced on it. It felt great in hand. The ergonomics reminded me of my all-time favorite SLR, the Leica R8. The files were great, the color rendering fantastic and the German Leica lenses being stellar, offered up sharp almost analog feeling images. I thought the camera was incredibly well thought out, with a minimalist approach to sub-menus, and no extraneous features, like face recognition. There were however, executional flaws. The camera had one, non-movable focusing point. The continuous frame rate was slow, a hair over 1 per second, the buffer often got overwhelmed in sequential shooting, and the noise reduction, which could not be disabled, caused the camera to lock up on me on more than one occasion – once during an aerial assignment. I had to remove the battery – while in the helicopter – let the buffer dump and reinstall it. I started shooting again right away but at a slower pace. That seemed to help. The other BIG issue is Leica service. I sent my S2 to Germany for service a couple of times and it was glacial. On one occasion I waited three months to get my camera back. Yes, Leica did loan me a body, paid for shipping both ways (my camera was an S2P and had a loaner provision in the warranty) but I am always fearful of something happening to a loaner. For that reason only, I am holding on to the old S2-P body, just in case. When the second generation of the Leica S was announced and I read of the feature changes, I yawned, there was not enough to compel me to drop another 20K on a new body. Then, the third generation, the 007 was announced. The list of enhancements was enough to make me call Sam Shosan and ask “what do you know about the new S?” What he did know was that it was going to be a major revision, what he didn’t know was the availability. As is typical with Leica products announced delivery dates are a wishful fantasy and actual delivery dates can be years away. Originally announced for delivery in the fall of 2014, I got mine Christmas eve of 2015. Sam’s running joke is that Leicas are made of unobtainium.

My first impression of the new S 007 is quite favorable. I think it has almost everything I would want in it, as well as 4K video, which I personally have no use for. Here, so far, are my favorite enhancements to the new Leica.

#1 with a bullet is live view. Love it. I have had it on on my DSLRs for years, but it took three generations of the S to bring it forward with the CMOS sensor, I suppose for video function.

#2 on my personal hit parade is the movable focus point in live view, unfortunately only in live view. It also has focus peaking, another touch I like and one can even customize the peaking color.

#3. Reviewing and magnifying images is much easier now with the joystick. You can jump right to 100% magnification or magnify in steps using the shutter speed dial and easily move around the image with the joystick. I love how easy this is. In the S2 it is a multi step process.

#4 is the new display. The display on the S2 was only 490,000 dots, when I magnified some images I thought I was out of focus. When I got back to my computer I saw they were sharp. Fortunately I hadn’t deleted any in camera. To be candid, that sort of undercut my confidence when I was working. The new display is 921,000 dots, I can see clearly now.

#5. The ISO range on the camera has been greatly extended. It is now 100 – 12,500 plus AUTO. On the S2, it was 160 – 1250, plus AUTO. I don’t know about you, but I am impressed.

#6. The Buffer, boss, the Buffer. The Bond edition is capable of 3.5 frames a second, for a medium format camera, that is outstanding.

#7. Wi-Fi? Yes there is an app for that. Apple has the Leica S app with pretty much full control of the camera from your smartphone. Just set up a wifi network between the camera and phone or tablet.

#8 GPS. I don’t know that I would ever use this feature, but it is nice that Leica has included this and Wi-Fi without additional add-on gear.

I often say I don’t need to know how sausage is made to enjoy it. In the same vein, I have never been much of a gear head when it comes to cameras. As long as they have the features I need, produce sharp, high quality images and are reliable, I am happy. For those of you who want to know the salient geek-aspects of the camera I offer up the following from Leica’s manual, leaving out the video aspects for the time being.

  • 30X45MM CMOS sensor, 37.5 MP
  • Shutter speeds, 1/4000 to 32 seconds
  • Dynamic range 13 stops
  • 16 bit color depth
  • No Deep Pass filter
  • Buffer – 2 GB, 14 RAW image maximum per burst
  • CF and SD card storage
  • Spot, center-weighted and multi-field metering
  • Focus detection: Phase detection or contrast-based in live-view
  • AFs (single) AFc (continuous) MF (manual focus). AF manual override
  • Viewfinder field of view is 98%
  • 3″ monitor TFT LCD, 16m colors, Corning Gorilla glass, 170 degree viewing angle
  • Self timer at 2 and 12 seconds
  • Intervalometer
  • GPS
  • WLAN (Wi-Fi) for remote camera control via smartphone or tablet app.

The Leica S 007 at work. This was the first set-up photo taken with my new S 007. I used the 120MM Makro Summarit-S, F11, 1/12th sec. (mirror up), ISO 200, available light. I used the live view so I could place the focus point on the magazine’s masthead. Perhaps Leica can do a firmware update to enable the movable focus point in standard view. Nah, that would make too much sense.

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Next is a head to head comparison, or as close as I could get, of higher ISO images with both the S2-P and the S 007. The S2-P as mentioned earlier has a 1250 ISO limit, so the closest I could get to that on the S 007 was 1600. White balances are matched at 3950, I tried to keep the shooting position as close as possible and there are no crops or curve adjustments in the images. Exposure was 1/30 @ F8 on both cameras.

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This is the image from the S2-P

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This is the image from the S 007

To my eye the image from the new Maestro sensor in the S 007 is cleaner. There seems to be a slight greenish bias in the original S2. A detail of the images shows that both cameras handle noise well, but the S 007 image is cleaner even with the 350 ISO differential.

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S2-P detail

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S 007 detail

For each new generation of high end cameras we see an increase in the dynamic range of the sensors. I took this shot, handheld, which shows the high ratio of highlight to shadow with the Summarit S 35MM, 125 @ 6.8, ISO 200. I used the multi-point metering and made no exposure compensation adjustments. This is the image as it came out of the camera, except for corrections for vertical and level.

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This is the same shot processed only in Lightroom. I did not change the exposure. I used AWB, set highlights at -59 and shadows at 84. I adjusted the clarity to 21 and fine tuned the orange, yellow, blue and aqua sliders. Notice that there is no CA anywhere in the shot.

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I then took the image into Photoshop for a little more post-processing, neutralized the tone and gave the image a bit more snap. Were I shooting this for an assignment I would have taken more than one frame and used fill light, but the point of this photo is to show the dynamic range of the Maestro sensor in the S 007.

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I recently took a trip to San Francisco and the Napa Valley and took my S (007). Of course I had to take the long view tourist shot of the Golden Gate Bridge in a night time fog,

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as well as this alternate view from Fort Baker at the foot of the bridge across from San Francisco.

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Excepting the effects of the fog itself on the image, the color rendering and resolution were impressive. Both of these shots were done with AWB, minor corrections were made to curves.

Night shots of bridges are always impressive so the next day I went to Muir Woods to see if I could find a nice shot of the redwoods. The lighting was flat, cloud cover was heavy, but I dd take a detail shot when a bit of soft light broke through and backlighted the trees.

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What trip to Napa would be complete without vineyard shots. Again, the Leica S did not disappoint.

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Aboud Dweck

I started my career over 37 years ago as a portrait photographer. I photographed joyous occasions in peoples lives; baby’s birthdays, family reunions, weddings and Bar Mitzvah as well as individual portrait studies. After about 8 years of that work, I wanted to change directions so when my lease ended I moved to an artists’  enclave on Rhode Island Avenue in Washington D.C. and made the transition to advertising and editorial photography.  In the beginning my work was editorial and people oriented. I photographed political heavy weights during the Reagan administration,  Libby Dole, Ed Meese, Robert Bork, Ralph Nader and others. On the opposite side of the spectrum were my portraits of jazz and blues icons Joe Williams, Branford Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson, B.B. King and more. In the next few years, as I was taking on more advertising and corporate clients, my work got more diverse. I was shooting everything from exploding soda bottles for Dart Industries to stunt pilot Sean Tucker doing barrel rolls over the treetops in Pennsylvania. That, by the way, was the start of my interest in aerial photography. I’ve always had a strong interest in architecture, the way light plays on structure and space. At first it was an added component in my other work. For the past eight years architectural images have made up 80% of my work load, the rest going to travel and aerial photography. I work closely with architects and developers with the goal of replicating in photographs, the natural ambiance of their projects as originally conceived. 

I am currently putting the final touches on my first book,”Home Again”  a study of Washington’s iconic venues, memorials and monuments. Publication should be by the end of the year. 
 
www.abouddweck.com

 

Vince Lupo Bio

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Vince Lupo is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and has been involved in photography since 1978. He’s been a committed Leica user since 1982.

Vince has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in photography from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, USA.  In 1997, Vince founded his own commercial photography firm, Direction One, Inc., based in Linthicum, MD, USA.  Vince’s black and white work is represented in Maryland by KH Art Consulting, and in New Mexico by Ghostwolf Gallery.

Vince’s website is http://www.directiononeinc.com , and he can be reached at vlupo@directiononeinc.com .