Leica Ultravid 8×32 Edition Zagto

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents in collaboration with Zagato, the Italian automotive Atelier and Total Design Center, a special limited edition: the Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’. Uniting the values shared by both classical companies – premium quality, craftsmanship and tradition – the Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’ combines unique design with cutting-edge technologies.

The outer shell of the ‘Edition Zagato’ is manufactured from aluminium and its front lenses feature two red anodised rings inscribed with ‘Zagato’. In an elaborate process, hundreds of fine grooves have been milled into the surface of the aluminium shell to give the binoculars a unique finish.

The $3500. Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’ is imited to only 1,000 sets for the entire global market. In addition to the binoculars, the edition also includes a case designed by Zagato and a matching carrying strap and hand strap in genuine Italian leather. The Leica Ultravid 8×32 ‘Edition Zagato’ will be available starting in September 2015 at selected Leica Stores and Boutiques.


New, Improved Canon EF 35mm f1.4

Canon has announced the EF 35mm F1.4L II USM, the second generation 35mm using a newly-designed Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, which they claim corrects chromatic aberration better than any other existing technology.

The 35mm F1.4L II includes a total of 14 elements, including two aspherical elements. It offers 9 aperture blades and a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches. It also claims to be more durable than its predecessor, with dust and water-resistant construction.

The Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM will be available in October for $1,799.

More from Canon on the Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics:

“The new Canon-developed BR optical element offers characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, to achieve impressive levels of chromatic aberration correction for outstanding imaging performance. The BR optical element, positioned between two glass lens elements to create a BR lens, will make its debut in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle fixed-focal-length lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.
Natural light, or white light, comprises a spectrum of wavelengths, or colors, each of which realizes a unique refractive index when passing through a lens. As all colors do not converge on the same point, this disparity causes chromatic aberrations, or color fringing, to occur in an image.”

New EOS M from Canon

Canon is bringing its third generation compact mirrorless camera into the US market. The EOS M3 mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera uses the same 24.3 megapixel image sensor as the T6 and T6i. It also uses the same CMOS III AF system, which will be a welcomed step up from the earlier models.

The EOS M3 builds on the original M’s design with a more pronounced grip, two control dials, a hot shoe that supports an optional electronic viewfinder, and a built-in pop-up flash.

Retail price for the Canon EOS M3 is $679.99 for the body only, $799.99 with the 18-55mm IS STM and $1049 as a two lens kit with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm.

Three EF-M lenses will also be available in October. They include the EF-M 11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM ($399), EF-M 22mm F2 STM ($249), and EF-M 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM ($349).

Features :

  • 24.3 megapixel APS-C sensor
  • CMOS III AF system
  • Tilting 3-inch touchscreen display
  • NFC & WiFi
  • Electronic viewfinder (not included)
  • Built in pop up flash
  • Compatible with EF lenses using an optional adapter

Hands On Review of the New Leica S Typ 007

Alex Ramos, Leica Store San Francisco Gallery Director shoots in a SF tailor store.

We were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to test an advanced copy of the 007, prior to its release.  Here at Camera West and Leica Store San Francisco, we have a lot of in house photography talent.  While we were very tempted to take the camera out to make some fine landscape images, I felt that some images, which focused on the 007’s enhancements, were in order.  We were able to get this into the hands of three of our photographers for an initial review and here are their impressions.

- Sean Cranor – President/CEO Camera West Inc. Leica Store San Francisco


New from Olympus : The OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus expands its digital OM lineup with the announcement of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II. Retaining the OM System retro-styling, this 16.1 MP CMOS sensor body includes a 5-axis image stabilization system, a new 2.36 million dot OLED EVF and a 4K time lapse mode.

Features :

  • 3″ 1.04M-dot tilting LCD
  • 16.1MP CMOS sensor
  • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 8.5 frames per second
  • Touch AF on LCD
  • Built in Wifi
  • 14 Art Filters
  • Metal body
  • 4K time lapse mode

The all black or all silver Olympus OM-D E-M10 II will be available in early September for $649.99 body only or $799.99 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ kit lens. The external grip, also available in September, will cost $59.99.