A complete 3D photography solution for the modern Leica M camera

A complete 3D photography solution for the modern Leica M is by Onasj:

I became interested in developing a 3D photography (stereophotography) capturing and viewing solution for the modern Leica digital M—one that does not require special glasses or projectors, or crossing your eyes.  This quest was ultimately successful, and I've been really impressed with the quality of the resulting 3D images, and amazed by how much the depth axis adds to the impact and compositional possibilities of photography.  This article documents my findings, and provides a how-to guide for those interested in doing the same.

As many of you know, Leica prototyped in the 1940s and produced in the 1950s a remarkable stereophotography lens, the Stemar (stereo Elmar), code OISBO.  The lens consists of two side-by-side mini-lenses, with a single lever to control the aperture of both lenses.  The focal lens of the production lenses is 33 mm, with a maximum aperture of f/3.5.  About 1,571 Stemar lenses were made.

The Stemar comes in two mounts: LTM (screw mount) or M-mount.  Of course the LTM version can be adapted to the M-mount with a Leica or third-party LTM-to-M adapter.

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Yes, you can make a billboard from a Leica M10 image

"Yes, you can make a billboard from a Leica M10 image" by Pep Williams (website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter):

I've shot numerous billboards over the years usually shooting with a medium format camera because of their amazing image quality. A couple months ago I was asked my good friend artist RETNA to shoot his next billboard for his brand MARGRAVES. I brought along a Leica Monochrom 246. We wanted something black and white so obviously, the Monochrom images were chosen. The billboard looked amazing. I was asked to shoot the next one and they wanted color. So I decided since the Monochrom worked so well why not use the M10 for this particular shoot.

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Comparison of Leica M10 vs. Sony a7r3 with the best of Leica vs. Sony lenses

"Comparison of Leica M10 vs. Sony a7r3 with the best of Leica vs Sony lenses" is by Onasj (click on images for a high-resolution version):

JTLeica (a Leica User Forum member) asked:

"I dont mean this as a dig, but I would love to know what you do with your A7RIII images that you cannot do with your Leica images... Being someone that shot an A7RII for two years."

First, to reiterate what I posted above and many times before in the forum, I love my Leica, the plurality of my disposable income goes to Leica, and I shoot more often with my M10 or my CL than with any other camera (including my phone). In fact I brought my M10 with me into work today, like I do most days, whether or not I expect to run into any photogenic subject matter.

But I am also objective enough to call it like I see it, and from my perspective—consistent with many other observations and data, including some postings in LUF—the A7rIII offers some real *imaging* advantages. That doesn't mean that the a7rIII is overall a "better" camera, as it’s not so simple. I carry the M10 daily, not the A7rIII, after all. Size, fun factor, and other considerations weigh in as well.

But since you asked about imaging, here are some advantages I've seen with the A7rIII over the M10, which includes many comparisons using the best native lenses for each system, as well as using the same M lenses on both the M10 and the A7rIII:

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Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5 lens hands-on review

I worked on that review a while back and for some reason I never published it online. The Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5 lens has been discontinued for a while (replaced by the Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4) and I no longer even own that lens (upgraded to the excellent and expensive 90mm Summicron-M). I will still publish the review online today in case anyone is interested in purchasing a used Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.5 lens (check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay and KEH):

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New Voigtlander NOKTON 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount announced

Cosina officially released their new Voigtlander NOKTON 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount (it was officially announced in early 2018). The suggested retail price in Japan (excluding tax) is ¥135,000 (around $1,200). The official US price is not yet announced (check B&H and Adorama). Shipping is expected to start in September 2018. The lens hood will be sold separately (LH-10 for ¥15,000 LH-8 for ¥12,000):

Lens design:

Here is the new lens attached to a Leica M10 camera (via DC.Watch):

Update - this lens was announced at the 2018 CP+ show:

More pictures of the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.2 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount

Main specifications:

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Leica Camera invests in Light, the maker of the L16 multi-aperture computational camera

Light is the maker of the L16 multi-aperture computational camera that did not get very good reviews when it came out a few months ago.

Shortly after the first reports came online about the new Light 9-cameras smartphone camera, Light issued a press release today announcing that SoftBank and Leica Camera invested $121 million in the company:

Light, the leader in advanced computational imaging, today announced a Series D funding round of $121 million, led by the SoftBank Vision Fund. The renowned Leica Camera AG also participated in the financing. Light’s groundbreaking imaging platform enables machines to see like humans do, using sophisticated algorithms to combine images from multiple camera modules into a single high-quality image and enabling highly-accurate 3D depth extraction.

“The Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of technology leadership, precision engineering, and craftsmanship. Since the birth of its first digital camera in 1996, Leica has embarked on a path of digital photography technology evolution. With the rapid development of the computational photography, partnering with the innovators at Light ensures Leica to extend its tradition of excellence into the computational photography era,” said Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Leica Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Here is the full press release:

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More Leica M10-P camera rumors

Some additional information on the rumored Leica M10-P camera:

  • Touchscreen (already reported)
  • New paint/cover/color - not sure what this is about, but expect something new
  • New/updated shutter - also not sure if this is referring to the actual shutter mechanism or the shutter speed (maybe we will get 1/800sec?)

Stay tuned for more details.

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