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New $11,000 Leica f/0.95 50mm Noctilux ASPH lens

Posted September 15, 2008 in Random

According to Wired, a French magazine leaked details of a new Leica aspherical f/0.95 50mm Noctilux, coming in at a predictably heavy 8,000 euros. While that’s cool and all, I’m not sure I see the point… as the article points out, the depth of field is "ridiculously small — focus on a pupil and the [...]

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Leica announce new Summarit-M lens range

Posted August 3, 2007 in Product News

Today Leica announced a new range of M-mount rangefinder lenses, called Summarit. They will be available in focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 90mm—all f/2.5 and coded for the M8—from the end of November, 2007 forward. Leica’s press release: The new class of Leica precision lenses It is the lenses on which the legend [...]

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Leica digital lens code database

Posted December 5, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY

There’s now a growing database of Leica’s lens codes for use on the M8. Why pay $120 and wait 6–8 weeks to have Leica code your lenses when you can do it yourself with a marker? Check out this how-to by Mike Prevette on the Leica user forums for details. Previous posts on the subject: [...]

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Hacking Leica digital lens coding

Posted November 30, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY

As I posted previously [1, 2], Leica have a coding scheme for their lenses so that the new digital M8 body can automatically identify the mounted lens. It turns out that you can use a marker to code the lenses rather than paying Leica US $120 per lens for six dots of paint. You can [...]

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Free digital coding upgrade on new Leica lenses in US & CA

Posted October 24, 2006 in Product News

As I posted previously, Leica have a new digital coding system for their M lenses so their digital bodies can automatically detect which lens is mounted. The coding consists of six painted dots on the mount, and normally costs a characteristically extortionate $120. Now, for a limited time only, US and Canadian customers can get [...]

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Immense shitload of new Zeiss F, M, and CF lenses

Posted September 21, 2006 in Product News

Zeiss are blasting out a huge range of new manual focus lenses: Leica M mount Distagon T* 18mm f/4 C Biogon T* 21mm f/4.5 Nikon F mount ZF Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZF Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 ZF Makro-Planar 100mm f/2 ZF Distagon T* 25mm f/2.8 Hasselblad CF mount (appear to be vintage-look versions of the [...]

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Two new Leica M lenses: 28mm/2.8 ASPH & 16-18-21mm/4 ASPH

Posted September 18, 2006 in Product News

Leica have announced two new wide angle M-mount rangefinder lenses along with the long-anticipated M8 digital rangefinder: The Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH is a multi-focal length lens, but is not continuously variable like a zoom. The Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH will be available from the end of December, 2006, and on.

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Leica and Tamron unveil redisigned Web sites

Posted July 26, 2006 in Random

The title says it: the Leica and Tamron Web sites have been redesigned.

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Leica M lenses coding for digital

Posted June 10, 2006 in Kit/Equipment

Digital Photography Review write: Leica has announced that all new M system lenses will carry a new 6-bit code (painted in black/white dots) which will allow the upcoming digital M camera to identify which len is being used (up to 64 in 6-bit coding) and also to store this information in image metadata. As well [...]

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Resolving power record with Zeiss 2.8/25 ZM lens

Posted March 1, 2006 in Kit/Equipment + Product News

Apparently Zeiss’ Biogon T* 2.8/25 ZM lens for Leica M is ludicrous in at least one department. From issue 24 of Zeiss Camera Lens News, released today: "The result was a whopping 400 lp/mm on film, recorded with the Biogon 25 at f/4 in the center of the image. This value, 400 lp/mm, corresponds to [...]

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