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Panasonic's Leica zoom is longest focal length to date for Micro Four Thirds

Create: 01/09/2016 - 18:57
Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH

Panasonic has announced a Leica-branded optic that is the longest focal length to date for the Micro Four Thirds format.

Panasonic says the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 ASPH is suitable for wildlife photography, such as bird photography. This is a very popular segment, particularly in the U.K. Using the format's 2x magnification, this lens is a 200-800mm full-frame equivalent.

Leica M (Typ 262) – Fewer features, lower price

Create: 11/28/2015 - 07:58
Leica M (Typ 262)

As digital cameras offer more features, Leica has turned back the clock – for at least one model.

Leica has simplified its M digital camera, removing several key features that are now routine on most models.

The Leica M (Typ 262) has a full-frame 24-MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range that starts at 200 and tops out at 6,400. That’s far short of the 25,600+ that has become typical.

First Touch: Leica SL is impressively large

Create: 10/26/2015 - 21:21
Leica SL

Things were hectic at the Leica booth at PhotoPlus Expo 2015 at the Javits Center in New York City.

There were counters for all of Leica’s digital and film systems, including the M models, the Q, T and S, as well as the German camera maker’s latest – the Leica SL, and all of them were busy.

I waited patiently for some counter space to clear. I wanted to handle the SL, and I had questions about this new system.

Leica SL: Full-frame goodness at a premium price

Create: 10/20/2015 - 22:19
Leica SL

Leica has added to the intrigue of photography’s mirrorless segment with a new camera that is intended to make you forget about the Sony A7 series.

The Leica SL is a full-frame offering with a 24-MP CMOS sensor that has a sensitivity range of 50-50,000. The CMOS does not include a low-pass filter, and files are recorded either in JPG or DNG.

Leica Q: Full-frame sensor and a Summilux

Create: 06/13/2015 - 11:00
Leica Q with a f/1.7 28mm Summilux ASPH

If you've lusted after Sony's RX1 camera with its full-frame sensor and Zeiss 35mm Sonnar but can't find the money in your budget, then this won't make you any happier.

The Leica Q is the first in a series of compact digital cameras, Leica says. The Q has a full-frame sensor and a fixed f/1.7 28mm Summilux ASPH. As you might expect, this is more expensive than your typical digital camera at US$4,250.

The camera features a 24.2-MP CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-50,000.

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