The ONA Berlin II Bag Review - Celebrating 100 years of Leica Photography by Louis Ferreira (http://500px.com/LouisFerreira):
ONA approached Leica Rumors a few weeks ago about doing a bag review of their black Berlin II, which I jumped at, because it was on my short list of bags to consider when I outgrew my Leica branded Billingham bag. Sadly it was unavailable when I was looking to purchase and I settled for the very functional Artisan & Artis ACAM 1000. Doing a bag review is a first for me and I am going to do my best to cover any detail that might interest you so feel free to ask questions in the comment section.
This is one of the many items created to celebrate Leica's 100th anniversary of photography and I am sure many of you want to collect them all. The only leather bags I have owned, for comparison, were high quality laptop bags for work and the ONA is a step above them in quality. The ONA Berlin II is made of very thick full-grain leather that is soft to the touch. The stitching is well done and should hold up for years to come. I think this bag is going to look much better as it ages because it is almost too perfect out of the box.
EXO Camera has a Kickstarter project for a GoPro housing that resembles a classic Leica camera:
The Leica Q (Typ 116) camera is currently AUD$5,546 or AUD$354 off (regular price: AUD$5,900). This makes the price of the Q around US$4,000 (the price in the US is US$4,250). This offer will be valid till the end of September.
I received an unusual email from Ralph Nelson (www.ralphnelson.com) - he is trading his two Leica M-4 bodies with sequential serial numbers and three Summicron lenses (35mm, 50mm, 90mm) for a set of current Leica M bodies and lenses. His M4 film set has been used on many Hollywood films in the past 45 years. If you are interested in this offer, here are the details (click on images for larger view):
Leica Akademie UK announced new workshops:
Following in the footsteps of the original German Akademie dating back to 1934, the Leica Akademie UK offers a collection of workshops that aims to inspire a new generation of photographers and help capture the ‘decisive moment’ through a Leica lens.
A premier learning resource for Leica users, Leica Akademie UK workshops are open to entry-level photographers as well as those more experienced. (more info)
The new web series called Betterthandead is filmed entirely on a Leica MP Safari camera. Here is the link to the Betterthandead episode and trailer:
On October 16th the director/photographer Mark de Paola will also be releasing Three Tutus And A Gun, an original feature film, filmed entirely with the Leica M240 camera. Here is the trailer: