The 2017 Complete Photography Bundle sale will end in less than 24 hours

Reminder: the 2017 Complete Photography Bundle sale will end in less than 24 hours.

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Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens officially announced




The previously rumored Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens is now officially announced. Pre-orders are now open, the US price is $6,495:

The design of the original Thambar lens has been almost completely preserved in the new Thambar-M 90 mm f/2.2. The black paint finish, the proportions of the lens and its aperture engravings in red and white are nearly identical, while slight modifications align with the design of modern M-Lenses. The most pronounced difference between this lens and the original is the single-coating to protect the glass against environmental influences and surface corrosion. Additional information on the old THAMBAR lens can be found here.

Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens features:

  • Dedicated to producing soft focus imagery, this unique lens can be used in conjunction with the included center spot filter to increase the drama of the dreamy effect for striking, ethereal image quality.
  • Based on the original Thambar from the 1930s, this updated version uses the same optical layout but features a single protective coating on the glass elements to guard against corrosion.
  • Deliberate under-correction of spherical aberration, along with a 20-blade diaphragm, produce a circular rendition of out-of-focus highlights along with an overall diffuse quality that becomes more exaggerated towards the edge of the frame.
  • Short telephoto focal length and bright f/2.2 maximum aperture are ideal for portraiture and isolating subject matter using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • Dual aperture scales, in red and white, represent working with and without the center spot filter in place. Additionally, the aperture ring is stepless for smooth, precise adjustment that is not limited by click-stops.
  • Manual focus design provides a minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
  • Included vintage brown hard leather case further reinforces the classic look and nostalgia of this lens, and contains a storage pocket for the included center spot filter in the lid. Additionally, the included specially designed metal lens hood and metal front lens cap are felt lined to protect the metal body of the lens from scratches.

Additional information on the lens can be found here and here. Sample photos from the lens can be found on this page.

Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens technical specs and full pres release:

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The Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens will be released in November, price rumored to be around $7,000


A quick update on the rumored Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens: it will be released in November and the price in Japan will be ¥800,280 (including 8% tax) or around $7,000 (via Nokishita).

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New: Oberwerth LHSA Commemorative Freiburg bag and Kickstarter camera holster

Two new bags from Oberwerth:


The International Leica Society (LHSA) announced the production of a new commemorative LHSA 50th Anniversary Oberwerth Freiburg bag. Additional information is available here.

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Huawei announced Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with dual Leica cameras



Huawei announced Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro smartphones with dual Leica cameras:

"With the new Leica Dual Lens with f/1.6 aperture, you can easily take beautiful shallow depth of field pictures, crystal clear low-light photographs and blur-free shots of objects on the move. The 20MP monochrome sensor and 12MP RGB sensor with Optical Image Stabilization captures more light to perform at an expert standard.

With intelligent photographic algorithms, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro identifies, in real-time, different types of scene and object, automatically adjusting color, contrast, brightness, exposure and more to produce vibrant, sharp, perfectly framed photographs.

Powered by AI to ‘learn’ from our data cache of portrait images, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro can seamlessly evoke a professional bokeh effect by shifting the focal point onto the subject of the photograph, for picture-perfect portraits and selfies."

Huawei Mate 10 key features:

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The 2017 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle is back: $2,500 of photography education for $117



The 2017 Complete Photography Bundle by 5DayDeal is back: you ca get a collection of video tutorials, eBooks, digital resources and instant access to $2,500+ in photography training and tools for the price of $117 (96% off). Sale ends Wednesday October 18 at noon (PDT). 10% of every sale goes to charity:

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More pictures of the new Leica APO-Summicron 50mm LHSA 50th anniversary lens


A quick update to my previous post - three more pictures of the new Leica APO-Summicron 50mm LHSA 50th anniversary lens courtesy of chi_rol_leica:

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