Introducing the Leica TL2

Three years ago Leica gave us the Leica "T" which would later become the TL. The TL camera was Leica's initial foray into the crop sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens game. I remember the first time the T camera came out I got it in my bag with the 23mm Summicron, and though slightly frustrated with the speed of the camera, the refined aesthetics and positive mechanics of the camera made me want to shoot with it. The T camera had a simplistic form that I had never experienced in any camera before. After the launch of the T camera, there were a plethora of firmware updates that brought the camera up to speed with its autofocus, user interface, and overall operating speed. During this time we also saw new lenses such as the 35mm Summilux, 11-23mm Vario-Elmarit, and 60mm Macro come to the Leica TL lens selection.

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Review: Leica M-P Titan

Following in the tradition of Leica special edition cameras, the Leica M-P (typ 240) Titanium set is the third titanium set that is made almost completely out of titanium. A successor of the highly sought after M7 and M9 titanium sets the M-P is poised to become one of the most interesting and collectible Type 240 cameras.

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On Vacation with the Leica SL Summilux 50MM F/1.4

I received the new SL Summilux 50mm f/1.4 in late December, right before I left for a two week vacation in the Philippines. I’ve used the SL system for the past year to document travel and moments with family, and I was eager to observe how the new 50mm performed. The 24-90 and 90-280 lenses performed admirably for documenting moments like school events and dance performances, when snappy autofocus capabilities came in handy. But I still gravitated towards M lenses when taking portraits of family and friends, preferring the shallow depth of field offered by apertures faster than f/2.8. The 50SL promised both AF and a shallow DOF - did it deliver?

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Photography Wide Open Workshops

Fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola presents an exclusive one day workshop at Camera West in Walnut Creek on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Leica Store San Francisco Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 9 am – 4 pm. Focused on “Photography Wide Open”, this seven-hour, shooting intensive, workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination and expanding the traditional definition of portraiture.

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Announcing the New 28MM F5.6 Summaron M

Leica has announced a new lens in their M lens line up. With this new lens, Leica takes a more classic approach. The new 28mm Summaron-M models itself after the old 28mm Summaron screw mount lens from the mid-1950s. Known for its extreme compactness and large depth of field the 28mm summary was ideal for reportage photography where it was necessary to zone focus and remain discrete. This is what makes the new 28mm Summaron-M so unique in the m lens line up. Only a little bit larger than a mere lens cap the summaron lens can remain on your M camera at all times without bulking up the body of the camera.

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The “0.95 Edition” Noctilux

The Noctilux 0.95 Edition is one of the most unique noctilux lenses ever to roll off Leica's production lines in Wetzlar. Built to resolve past the capabilities that are known in any other fast primes or even the faculties of human vision, the Noctilux is a legendary benchmark of photographic optical engineering. This special "0.95 Edition" is limited, respectively, to 95 units world wide and stands visual representation of the elegantly unique images the Noctilux creates. Featuring the same optical design as the regular Noctilux 50mm 0.95 ASPH this special edition has an added bit of elegance. The exterior of the "0.95 Edition" features Leica's newly developed high-gloss anodized aluminum surface. The markings on the lens are left unpainted except one, the 0.95 f-stop mark.

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