Leica S2 Medium format lens adapters For Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax

by JamesNYCNovember 9. 2011 12:52

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by JamesNYCJune 15. 2011 07:18

Solms, Germany (June 15, 2011) - First prize in this year’s highly prestigious photographic competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2011, goes to the Danish photographer Jan Grarup. For his award-winning portfolio, entitled ‘Haiti Aftermath’, the winner will be presented with a Leica M9 camera and lenses worth around €9,500 (approximately U.S. $13,760), as well as a cash prize of €5,000 (approximately U.S. $7,240). The second winner in this year’s competition is Jing Huang from China. His portfolio, ‘Pure of Sight’, wins the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2011 and a Leica M9 with lenses. The prizes will be presented on July 5, 2011 as part of the photographic festival in Arles.

The central theme of his project, ‘Haiti Aftermath’, focuses on the massive earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 and its consequences. Jan Grarup’s portfolio shows the extent of the catastrophe and the fate of the survivors in pictures of enormous intensity. The destruction is appalling. A precise count and identification of the victims is difficult due to the enormous devastation. Even today the number of victims can only be estimated, and the government assumes a death toll of around 300,000 people, with more than three million affected by the quake. The earthquake is therefore considered to be the most severe quake in the history of North and South America. Jan Grarup travelled to Haiti on an assignment for various magazines to document the catastrophic consequences of the natural disaster. He sees his mission as a photographer as much more than the simple depiction of the current situation. The aim of his black-and-white shots is to generate emotion. The earthquake took everything the Haitians had: their belongings, the roof over their heads, their friends and relatives. Their lives lie in ruins. Fear and despair is written on their faces. They have lost all they ever owned and often even risk the only thing left to them in the search for food and water: their lives. The police and private security forces attempt to protect the remaining stocks of provisions and do not hesitate to defend them with weapons, as Jan Grarup’s pictures show. 


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LEICA S2 Color Profile for ICC-based Workflow Software

by JamesNYCJune 1. 2011 08:34


Solms, Germany (June 1, 2011) – Leica Camera AG is pleased to announce a Leica S2 color profile for ICC-based workflow software. Users wishing to benefit from the new offering can now download the software from the Leica website and take advantage of new, improved features. 

The Leica S2 raw data format complies with the specifications in the ADOBE DNG standard (June 2009,) enabling DNG-compatible raw data converters to be used for processing Leica S2 DNGs. As a result, products such as Capture One 6 from Phase One can be utilized.

Further improving the color characteristics of the Leica S2 data, an ICC color profile specifically developed for the Leica S2 is now also available.

While Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw do not support this profile, a special “Adobe Standard” Leica S2 DNG color profile is integrated into the software and used automatically.

For registered S customers, the color profile and installation instructions are available for download in the owners’ area: https://owners.leica-camera.com/index.php/de/login


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Cross-sections of Leica lenses

by JamesNYCMay 13. 2011 06:47

A very good friend turned me on to this post.    Read the origanalblog post and credits here

If colleges offered camera equipment anatomy classes, this Leica lens cutaway might be one of the things you’d be examining in the lab. It’s a Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm sliced cleanly down the middle, revealing all the glass and pieces inside that go into making the lens.

These were actually made by Leica students as a graduation project and boxed as a “cutaway model” of the lens. Here’s the same thing done with a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M ASPH lens:



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Leica Camera AG and Magnum Photos International Inc. signed collaboration

by JamesNYCFebruary 24. 2011 13:11

Leica Camera AG and Magnum Photos International Inc. signed collaboration

Magnum Photos International, Inc. and Leica Camera AG have begun a technological and photographic collaboration that will build upon almost a century’s worth of shared history between these two world-renowned photographic institutions. 

Since the founding of Magnum Photos in 1947 by the legendary photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour, Magnum photographers have served as fervent eyewitnesses to history.  Through the lenses of their Leicas, they have captured the decisive moments of the 20th century with a unique vision and unparalleled intensity.

Magnum was established to reflect the independent nature of Magnum photographers as both people and photographers.  The idiosyncratic mix of reporter and artist continues to define Magnum, producing work that emphasizes not only what is seen, but also the way one sees it.

Over the past sixty years, Magnum and Leica have made extensive contributions to the recording of history. Individually, each brand stands alone as a pioneer in its field.  Leica has become synonymous with the best tools of the trade, blending hand-crafted quality with a dedication to precision mechanics and producing the best optics the industry has to offer.  From the moment Henri Cartier-Bresson picked up his first Leica I, Magnum photographers have pushed the limits of documentary photography, and in turn the limits of their Leicas, with groundbreaking results.

Focus On the Future

Building on their shared history Magnum and Leica agreed to collaborate on a series of projects that continue their longstanding dedication to independent documentary photography.  Alfred Schopf, CEO Leica Camera AG, and Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen, President of Magnum Photos International Inc., signed the project agreement in Solms, Germany.


Beginning in the Spring of 2011, Leica will sponsor the creation of a series of independently produced multimedia essays by Magnum photographers that will take a deeper look into the stories behind the photographs.  The work will highlight the personal journeys and insatiable curiosity of Magnum photographers.  Leica and Magnum will publish the stories online at www.leica-camera.com,
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Commenting on the agreement, Magnum President Jonas Bendiksen stated: “The purpose of Magnum and its member photographers is to continue our long-standing commitment to discovering, witnessing, and communicating visually the sentiments of mankind.  With this new agreement, Leica is making an important statement in support of that shared responsibility.”

Tailoring to the needs of professionals

In addition to supporting individual projects, Leica and Magnum will use the production of the new essays as an opportunity to learn from Magnum photographers’ experiences in the field with the latest Leica equipment.   Magnum photographers’ input will contribute to Leica’s extensive ongoing user research efforts, with the shared goal of continuing to develop the Leica portfolio and tool-set to serve the needs of photographers world-wide.

Stephan Daniel, Director Product Management of Leica Camera AG, says: “The cooperation between Magnum and Leica will help us to create even better tools for professional photographers, both by getting their feedback with actual equipment and by testing future products. Stressing a camera or a lens under harsh circumstances is a welcome and important addition to our internal test procedures, making our products even more perfect for the hard daily work of professionals.”


For Magnum: Jonathan Roquemore, Brand Relations, Magnum Group L.L.C.

                     Jonathan@Magnumphotos.com  +41.79.688.0179

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Leica S2: What You Didn’t Know

by JamesNYCFebruary 23. 2011 12:46

Leica Camera revolutionized the world of professional photography with the S2, breaking new ground in every way. The decisive advantage of the Leica S2 is truly the sum of all its features: flexibility, durability and easy operation combined with industry-leading resolution and image quality. While some specific features are lesser known, each component greatly contributes to the S2’s unparalleled standard for quality. Explore some of the elements that make the S2 the ideal choice whether in the studio or on location to capture images of unmatched brilliance.

Weather Seal

The rugged, durable design of the Leica S2 ensures the highest standard of performance in even the most extreme climactic conditions. With over 35 water and dust resistant seals covering every surface of the S2 and Leica S lenses, photographers can shoot in inclement weather or dry and dusty environments and still be assured that their camera will function to its optimum ability and provide breath-taking images. The S2 can also be supplied with a highly scratch-resistant Leica S2-P sapphire glass display cover for the most demanding circumstances.  

Tethered Shooting

A true trailblazer, the S2 is the first and only medium-format camera to incorporate LEMO push-pull connector technology for its USB interface into its design. Ideal for high speed tethered shooting, this construction is so durable that the camera body can be held by its strain-relief tethering cable alone, a major advantage for any number of challenging photographic situations. Designed by the German military, this state-of-the art technology enables photographers to easily move about without worrying that the cable will be disconnected from the camera while the LEMO USB weather seal allows for tethered shooting even in severe weather settings.


Soft Keys

Simplicity and ease-of-use are paramount to the Leica photographic experience and the S2 achieves both with its innovative soft keys. The four menu keys can be programmed to perform almost any function and adjust to photographer’s individual shooting style and needs. Additionally, the soft keys allow for firmware updates to be made swiftly and easily, ensuring that S2 photographers are consistently at the forefront of their craft.

Battery Life

Whether shooting a fashion spread in the studio or a safari in the field, the S2 allows photographers to capture more images with a single battery life. A drastic improvement over the standard 200 frames per battery life, S2 photographers can garner up to 1,000 frames from a single charge. In addition to using lithium battery technology, the S2 features no memory effect, which allows partially drained batteries to be recharged without reducing performance.

About the Leica S2

Introduced in 2009, the Leica S-system is a completely new digital camera concept to meet supreme professional requirements. With a resolution of 37.5 megapixels, the S2’s 30 x 45mm CCD sensor features an aspect ratio of 3:2 and an area nearly 60% larger than that of a traditional 35mm camera, resulting in stunning image quality. The S2’s full range of features includes autofocus, high-speed MAESTRO image processor, highly durable design and optimal size and ease-of-use for professional photographers. The Leica S2 retails for $22,995.00 (body only).

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