A Very Special Delivery – Leica M

We at Camera West were happy to deliver one of the first Leica M Typ 240 cameras released in the US to one of our good customers Saturday. Professional photographer William Palank of San Francisco took delivery of the long anticipated successor to the M9.

The Leica M is the most innovative and versatile M system camera Leica has ever created. It unites decades of experience in rangefinder technology with groundbreaking digital technologies, featuring a completely 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, 1080p video and new additional focusing methods, it is also the M for photographers who do not wish to miss out on any of what modern digital technology has to offer.

If interested in a new M, give us a call and we’ll do our very best to put one in your hands.

William Palank opens one of the first M cameras to arrive in the US

William's Noctilux looked good on his new M!

Camera West Walnut Creek manager Dan Leto and William Palank look over the menu options on the new M.

First Leica M (Typ 240) Photos?

Photo by Pandachief / HK LFC

This could quite possibly be one of the first released images taken with the new Leica M.

A Hong Kong Leica forum member who goes by the screen name Pandachief claims to have taken this photo with the new Leica M with a 50mm f1.0 Noctilux, wide open at ISO 2000. He published this photo and others on the HK LFC forum. The photos appear to have been taken at some sort of low lit dinner party.

Leica enthusiasts have been anxious to see images from this highly anticipated rangefinder mostly because unlike the M9, this camera uses a CMOS sensor. Unfortunately, these photos from Pandachief are not original files so it is impossible to really judge the quality but hopefully soon, we’ll see some raw files released by Leica.

The M (Typ 240) will be available sometime in January. Give us a call here at Camera West for more info or to order one.

Check out more photos on the HK LFC site.

Best Canon 5D Mark II Ever

A rather odd looking Canon 5D Mark II, modified to accept a Leica Noctilux

Robert Benson had the $6,500.00 Leica Noctilux 50mm f/1.0 lens and no body to put it on, so what did he do? He modified a Canon 5D Mark II to accept the exotic lens. “This has been my obsession for more than a two months, and its now complete. ” he said “The camera above is (was) a Canon 5dmk2. I wanted to use Leica rangefinder “M” lenses on it, but of course you cant, because the Leica flange distance is really short – shorter than the Canon EOS – the Leica have to be mounted closer to sensor to work. So I ripped apart a camera, modified it, and now I have a camera better than the Leica M9, at a fraction of the cost.”

Check out Benson’s photos

The password to download the full rez files is : download

BTW Benson will modify a Canon for you just in case you happen to have a spare Noctilux in your closet.