Leica M Lens Coding For Digital Cameras

Darren wrote this at 9:45 am:

Leica has announced a new system for marking their lenses with a 6-bit code, allowing the upcoming Leica Digital M camera to identify which lens is attached and to store the information in the image metadata. All new lenses will carry the coding, and Leica will offer a service upgrade to apply the coding to existing M series lenses, including discontinued models.

Details and press release are available at DP Review.

Camera Firmware Updates

Darren wrote this at 10:08 am:

Several firmware updates for various cameras have been released recently:

PMA 2006 Announcements

Darren wrote this at 7:39 pm:

There have been a lot of interesting announcements coming out of this year’s Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show. Rather than clog up this blog with dozens of individual posts, I’ll do one of these catch-all posts every few days.

A good related article is Michael Reichmann’s state-of-the-industry summary A View of the Photographic Industry From 30,000 Feet.

Pentax

  • Pentaxhas confirmed that the company will unveil a yet to be named Pentax 10 megapixel digital SLR camera body, tentatively scheduled for a formal launch in Autumn 2006.
  • The smc Pentax-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited is an interchangeable uni-focal wide-angle lens for exclusive use with Pentaxdigital SLR camera bodies. Offering wide-perspective coverage with a 68-degree angle of view (equivalent in focal length to 32mm in the 35mm format, when mounted on a Pentax *ist D series digital SLR camera body), the lens features a Pentax-original KAF lens mount. Pentax has tentatively scheduled the lens launch for June 2006.
  • Pentax also will preview the Pentax 645 medium format digital SLR camera for the first time in the United States. Offering professional-quality digital image reproduction with 18 effective megapixels, a Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels (tentative), a Pentax-original 645AF lens mount, the 645 Digital will maintain compatibility with existing smc Pentax 645 interchangeable lenses.
  • Press release at the Pentax site.
  • Photos at DP Review.

Panasonic/Leica

Samsung

Canon

Sigma

  • 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM for Four Thirds Mount
  • 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC for Four Thirds Mount
  • MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG for Four Thirds Mount
  • APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM for Four Thirds Mount
  • APO 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG HSM for Four Thirds Mount
  • details of above lenses at DP Review
  • 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG Macro – details at DP Review
  • 17-70 mm F2.8 – F4.5 DC Macro – details at DP Review

Sandisk

Lexar

  • 8.0 GB Professional 90X Compact Flash card

More comprehensive coverage of and commentary on the PMA 2006 announcements can be found at The Luminous Landscape.

Enough Already!

Darren wrote this at 7:12 am:

Just to show that we’re not total digital fanboys here at One Stop Under, here’s an article about a fine art monochrome photographer who has dipped a toe in the digital ocean and gone back to shooting film: Enough Already! by Pete Myers.

Pete shoots fine art monochrome, centered on landscape photography of the American West. He has shot for some time with an almost-unique Kodak DCS 760m, and wrote a great article about it for The Luminous Landscape. He has, however, decided to go back to his trusty Leica MP loaded with Efke 25 monochrome film for his professional landscape work.

The fact that Pete shoots landscapes with a rangefinder is itself interesting – most professional landscape photographers seem to shoot medium or large format – but isn’t really covered in this article. This is a fascinating look at how Pete works, and highlights some of the advantages film has over digital for him.

The film vs. digital debate is never clear-cut; one or the other will always be better for specific purposes, and one or the other will always be more enjoyable to some photographers. Rather than add to the debate on such a pointless issue, I like to use both for what they are, and read about the great things being done with both mediums.

Leica Digital-Modul-R Delayed

Darren wrote this at 11:35 pm:

Leica has officially announced that the release of their 10 megapixel digital back, the Digital-Modul-R, has been delayed. Visit DPReview for more info and the official press release.