The M Monochrom Leica Akademie

Join us for a full day of black and white photography in Palm Springs, CA with the unique M Monochrom on April 27, 2013 from 9am to 6pm.

Many of the world’s most memorable images were shot in black and white, and as any experienced black-and-white shooter can attest, there is still something unique, compelling, and beautiful about this traditional medium.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will let you explore this fascinating monochromatic world using the unique M Monochrom camera. This program combines a class lecture with real world shooting experience. Under the guidance of a seasoned Leica Akademie instructor you’ll gain a more profound understanding of the nuance of the M Monochrom and its ability to capture light, texture, contrast, and tonal gradation.  This workshop will focus on capturing images and getting the most out of the unique sensor used in the M Monochrom.

Topics covered include:

  • Pros and Cons of shooting M Monochrom vs. M9 and converting.
  • Test Shoot with the M Monochrom.
  • Maximizing capture from the M Monochrom, resolution and tonal range.
  • What makes a good B&W image?
  • Developing a new way of seeing.

Cost is $249 and participants will receive a $150 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of a brand new serial numbered Leica M product.

Contact us here at Camera West for more info.

760-992-5422 (Rancho Mirage store)

925-935-1424 (Walnut Creek store)

First Public Leica M Photos Published

Photo by Jean Gaumy/Magnum – taken with the Leica M

Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy shoots with his Leica M

Leica has published their first public Leica M typ 240 images. Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy took a trip back to Kyrgyzstan to document the changes in this central asian country with his M.

The Leica Camera Blog carries twelve separate images, followed by another 8 images in a contact sheet which doubles as a slide show.

The same blog entry contains a first-in-a-series video covering French Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy’s photo trek to Kyrgyzstan. There is no indication however that that this video was captured with the M.

APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH Availability Delayed

Looks like we need to practice patience for this much sought after lens. Availability of the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 ASPH is delayed with no estimate from Leica on a delivery date.

From Leica : “As you are aware, Leica is dedicated to producing products that exhibit mastery in optics and mechanics, high- quality design and outstanding craftsmanship. Our engineers and designers constantly strive to meet the challenges set by those with the highest expectations and only after extensive testing and quality control exercises is a product deemed worthy to enter the marketplace. Due to the extraordinary technical requirements of the new APO Summicron – M 50mm/f2 ASPH lens, the manufacturing processes are complex and sensitive. We regret to inform you that the first shipment of the APO Summicron-M 50mm/f2.0 ASPH has been delayed due to technical reasons as we actively work to determine a stable production process for this new lens.”

Details on the New Leica M

The new Leica M is the long rumored follow-up/upgrade to the M9. The M stands for Messsucher, the German term for a combined rangefinder and viewfinder.

The new Leica M unites decades of Leica experience in rangefinder technology with a newly developed high-resolution full-format CMOS sensor that, in combination with its high-performance processor and the legendary M-Lenses, delivers outstanding imaging results. With Live View, video, and new additional focusing methods, it is the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.

The Leica M features a completely newly designed high-resolution, 24 megapixel CMOS sensor in full 35 mm format. The new M delivers extremely low-noise and richly detailed images, even at higher sensitivities of up to ISO 6400. And now, thanks to the 1080 pixel, full-HD video capability of the Leica M, the impressive imaging quality is available for moving pictures, too.

The new CMOS sensor is designed and constructed for the use of both Leica M and R lenses on the Leica M. Because, with the new Leica R-Adapter M, almost all Leica-R legacy lenses can be used on the Leica M expanding the options of the Leica M into the world of Leica R photography.

In conjunction with the new sensor, the Leica Maestro processor lets the Leica M set entirely new standards in terms of image-processing speed. It processes the image data arriving from the sensor and transforms them into visible images at extremely high speeds and can also perform even the most complex processing steps very fast. Thanks to the energy-efficient imaging electronics of the processor and sensor, a single charge of the Leica M’s new 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery can last an extremely long time.

The new Leica M is the first ever M to feature Live View and Live View Focusing. This means that now, for the first time, images can be composed using the actual image produced by the lens – with complete control of depth of field, exposure, precise framing and focusing. Its large, high-resolution 3″ monitor allows precise assessment of the subject seen through the lens. This opens up entirely new opportunities for M-Photographers that previously lay far beyond the limitations of rangefinder photography, like macro and telephoto exposures, or using the monitor as a viewfinder.

Live View can be used with both M and R lenses. Indirectly, it also enables owners of R lenses to use the optional Visoflex EVF2 electronic viewfinder. The Leica M can be used with an R-Adapter, R-Lenses and a viewfinder exactly like an SLR, without using the monitor.

The new Leica M is also weather sealed with specially designed rubber seals to protect the camera body against dust and water spray. The glass covering plate of its high-resolution monitor screen is manufactured from particularly tough and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® glass. All this makes the Leica M particularly resilient and helps guarantee it a long and reliable working life.