May 27th, 2013

Leica Hints At New M Camera Coming June 11

new-mini-leicaLeica has updated its Facebook page with a header image hinting at a new camera, the Mini-M, coming June 11th. Details on the Mini-M are virtually non-existent. But the rumor mill seems to suggest that it’s likely to be either a fixed-lens large sensor compact similar to the Sony RX1 or a live view M-mount camera.

Both scenarios have some validity to them. The large sensor compact segment, while not staggeringly popular with point and shoot consumers, has a place in the heart of many professionals and enthusiasts who cannot stomach the thought of accepting the limitations that a small-sensor brings. This is a mindset that has historically described Leica’s core demographic. A live view M-Mount body would make a lot of sense as well, offering access to Leica’s excellent lenses without the cost or complexity of the rangefinder assembly that many of today’s younger photographers care little about.

March 11th, 2013

New LEDs and Wireless Tethered Cameras at WPPI 2013

Rangefinder Technical Editor John Rettie is at WPPI 2013 and yesterday attended Launch Pad, where attendees got a sneak peek at some of the products being displayed at the trade show in Las Vegas. While many exhibitors displayed their latest wares, two new product lines particularly caught his eye.

One is the LED lighting gear from Fiilex. Their two new arrays provide full-spectrum color tuning so they can be matched to any light. He also took note of the Sanho iUSBportCamera.  As its name suggests, it is a device that can be used with a Canon or Nikon DSLR to wirelessly transmit photos to an external device such as a iPhone or iPad for viewing images. It can also capture JPEG images instantly and be used to control the camera remotely.

John Rettie’s full post about Launch Pad is  on the WPPI blog.

November 29th, 2012

Rangefinder Asks Photographers: What’s In Your Camera Bag?

Photo © Frank Ockenfels 3

Are you ever curious to know what other photographers haul with them on assignments or when shooting for themselves? This month, Rangefinder, sister publication of PDN, asked several photographers to open up their camera bags and photograph the contents.

The variety of gear they carry is interesting, naturally. We also got a kick out of how each photographer’s photos reflect their style, personality and packing abilities. Fine-art photographer  Lisa Elmaleh lugs one jar each of peanut butter and jelly; fashion photographer Ken Shung usually shoots digital but still carries his Rolleis, he says; Frank Ockenfels 3 brings lots and lots of pens, apparently, and other things “to keep me entertained while I wait…and wait…and wait”; music photographer Paris Visone says, “My camera bag is like my baby. It’s heavy, full of crap, and I’m constantly giving it piggyback rides.”

You can see the photos and gear descriptions from all 10 photographers at  www.rangefinderonline.com.