More than seven years after it tried to take control of Sinar, Leica has finally achieved its goal, the acquisition of the Swiss camera manufacturer.
“Sinar Photography AG is [a] manufacturer of equipment for professional view camera photography and the only provider in this segment to offer complete digital solutions for view camera photographers,” claims Leica in a press statement. “The Sinar product portfolio offers everything from cameras and lenses to digital backs, shutter systems and workflow software.”
As part of the deal, product management, marketing, support, development and
production will remain in the hands of Sinar in Switzerland, with sales and distribution
of the product handled by Leica and Sinar’s worldwide dealer network.
Introducing a retro-inspired alternative to conventional and obvious laptop cases for carrying expensive technical devices discreetly – ThinkTank’s Retrospective Laptop Bags. Inspired by the popularity of the inconspicuous Retrospective canvas shoulder bags, these new laptop bags are available in 13″ and 15″ sizes, three color options, and either sand-washed 100% premium cotton canvas or polyspun.
The casual look will appeal to today’s laptop owners whose personal style resonates with classic materials and design, as well as wanting their electronics to be readily accessible yet well concealed.
Priced from $149.75 – $159.75.
Olympus has released firmware updates for the OM-D E-M1, the XZ-2, and the 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 lens. Version 1.1 for the E-M1 promises to improve autofocus and image stabilization. Meanwhile version 1.3 for the XZ-2 should improve autofocus in low light, and the 12-50mm lens should work better when using electronic zoom on Panasonic cameras.
Both camera and lens firmware can but updated using Olympus’s Digital Camera Updater:
Our good friend Tom Brichta was just featured in the Leica Camera Blog - for the 2nd time in 2 years. Tom is the Northern California sales manager for Leica Camera and can be found nearly every Wednesday morning at Camera West in Walnut Creek showing us the latest in Leica gear. Lately, Tom has been mostly involved with the Leica Akademie and the Leica Destination Workshops. sharing his extensive knowledge with Leica enthusiasts.
Here is his inspiring story of how he captures images of transcendent beauty with his Leica X Vario.