Some additional information/rumors on the new Leica Noctilux lenses I initially reported last week:
- Leica Noctilux M 50mm f/0.95 lens update: improved image quality over the current Noctilux, Apochromatic lens, new coatings, updated lens design
- The 35mm f/0.95 lens design is lighter than the 50mm Noctilux
- The 35mm f/0.70 lens design will be for industrial, military and scientific applications only
Some of the above lens designs will use carbon composites to reduce weight. Forged carbon and carbon fiber are also being looked into. There is still a very good chance that one of the new Noctilux lenses will be designed for the Leica T system.
The "Leica 100" short film produced by FNazca S&S Brazil for the Leica Gallery Sao Paulo just won the Grand Prix prize at the 2015 Cannes Lions festival. In the past 64 years, this is the first time a Brazilian ad agency wins the Grand Prix:
Here is the "Leica 100" short film:
Xavier Cambre (www.xaviercambre.com) will share his experience shooting the Leica M6 in Mexico:
Notes on the Leica M6, film and digital photography
My chiaroscuro photographs oscillate between the real and the dreamlike, the documented and the desired, evoking the sense that the everyday is actually filled with more mystery than it seems. Sometimes brooding and somber, my photographs often return to themes and characters that I capture in a shadowy and ashen palette, trying to address mental explorations not without a hint of an existential absurdity. The magic of wet darkroom techniques, working with black and white film, silver coated paper and toning chemicals, gives a physical presence to the work that reinforces the mood of the images.
I received few pictures from the new Leica store in Copenhagen, Denmark that will open tomorrow (June 26):
Another review worth mentioning online - Leica Q hands-on field test by The Camera Store, including comparisons to the Type 240 and Sony A7II cameras:
Leica is currently testing several new Noctilux lens designs with the goal to release a new version in the near future. Some of the possibilities are:
- 50mm f/0.95 (just an update of the current version)
- 35mm f/0.95
- 35mm f/0.70 (unlikely to go in to production)
One of the designs mentioned above could be for the Leica T system - new T lenses are rumored to be announced by the end of the year and a Noctilux could be one of them. Currently there are four lenses available for the Leica T mount.
The new Leica store in Copenhagen, Denmark I reported about last year will officially open on June 26th and will be operated by Photografica (it's located right next door).
Update: pictures from inside the store can be found here.