Leica Monochrom Silver Engrave special edition

by Mike Evans

Those of you into Leica special editions will drool over the latest creation from Wetzlar, the Monochrom Silver Engrave. It is distinguished by the Leica engraving on the top plate, similar to that on the M-P. The bad news is that it will be available only in Japan and will be limited to just 30 cameras. We'll just have to slum it with an M60 edition.

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Eric Kim and the tyranny of choice

by Mike Evans

Street photographer Eric Kim is a well-known advocate of a one-camera lifestyle. He has given away many cameras to friends in his quest. For most purposes, he relies on his film Leica MP and a solitary M lens, the 35mm Summicron.  Yet he still has a couple of standby cameras, one film and one digital.

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Leica M9 Sensors: Injection of new life into used camera market

by Mike Evans

Last week Leica did the right thing by taking full responsibility for the corrosion issue affecting all M9-series cameras, including the M-E and Monochrom. As a result, in just a few days, new life has been injected into the used camera market. It's no secret than in the two months leading up to last week's announcement, used M9s had been gathering dust on dealers' shelves. Confidence had deserted the market and, of course, word soon spreads around the Leica world. 

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Leica M9 Sensor Problem: Free replacements, irrespective of age

by Mike Evans

After weeks of indecision and half measures, Leica AG has finally bitten the bullet and done what should have been done in the first place. All CCD sensors in M9-series cameras which exhibit signs of corrosion will be replaced without charge. This "goodwill arrangement" is also extended to cover the replacement sensors. Furthermore, anyone who has been charged for the repair will have their money refunded.

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Take Two: Two cameras, two photographers, two angles

by Mike Evans

On Saturday I went out with my friend Ivor Cooper of Red Dot Cameras to check out Portobello Road, a location I know well from the past but which I haven't visited recently. Ivor used the new Leica D-Lux and I was playing with both my Leica Monochrom (with 28mm Elmarit) and the test 56mm Fujinon which is the subject of the full review which you can find here

Today Ivor sent me a great shot of myself in this mirror at a stall selling sunglasses, taken with the D-Lux. I was busy at the same time getting a similar shot, from a different angle, with the Fujinon. 

The author caught off guard by the new Leica D-Lux in the hands of Ivor Cooper

Joseph hails from Rethymno in Crete, which I know well, and now sells vintage cameras in one of the indoor markets in Portobello Road. He has a good stock of Rolleis if that tickles your fancy (Photo Fuji X-T1 and 56mm Fujinon f/1.2

At the end of the day, and after a decent pizza, we both agreed that Portobello Road was worth a re-visit. Ivor has determined to organise a Leica forum meet in the New Year.

Interestingly, Ivor knows Portobello Road well and we were able to chat to several of the stallholders, including Joseph who sells vintage cameras in one of the indoor markets.

I had not realised there was so much camera stuff to be found in Portobello and it is certainly worth a visit. It is a different venue from Borough Market, for instance, where all the produce is edible. 

Check our the D-Lux and Fuji shots here.

The author doing his own stuff with the Fuki X-T1 and 56mm Fujinon

Top Ten posts on Macfilos this week: Fuji Macro hits the spot

by Mike Evans

Another week and Bill Palmer's X-System macro advice tops the readership list. There continues to be strong interest in the forthcoming Leica Summarit range and I can see these lenses becoming a hit for the German company. Two older camera tests, the Leica C and X-Vario, continue to be very popular, as does any mention of using Leica lenses on Fujis or Sonys.

1. Fuji X-System: Current and future macro solutions
2. Fuji X-T1: Better street camera than the X100?
3. Leica lenses on Sony A7 models
4. Leica Summarit f/2.4 range: First Impressions
5. Leica lenses on Fuji X-E1
6.  iPhone: The incredible shrinking iPhone 6 Plus
7. Fuji XF18-135 f/2.5-56 R OIS WR review
8. Leica C camera review
9. Leica lenses on Fuji X and Sony A7
10. Leica X-Vario camera review
 

When Size Matters: The incredible shrinking iPhone 6 Plus

by Mike Evans

You know what? My iPhone 6 Plus is shrinking. Every day it gets smaller and now it looks perfectly dinky in its dark grey silicone case. I have had it about my person for all of two months and the size shock has well and truly subsided. Like a pricked balloon. Instead, the 5.5in screen is the new norm.

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