What's New?

Imaging technology is evolving rapidly, with new and improved cameras, lenses, and accessories becoming available almost every week. This website started out as an information source on Leica's APO-Telyt range of telephoto lenses, but has over time grown well beyond its initial focus. It now covers a broad range of equipment items and brands. Below is a selection of recently featured photo gear releases and announcements.

Recent & upcoming photo gear

Sep 2016

Leica family tree for sale at Christie's

leica family tree christies
  • Iconic Stammbaum of Leica cameras
  • Comprises 107 camera models
  • Estimated price: GBP 350,000 to GBP 450,000
  • Auction closes on 14 September 2016
  • More on the Leica family tree
Aug 2016

Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4

panasonic leica 12mm 14
  • Leica-branded large-aperture wide-angle
  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture ring
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • 15 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Filter Size: 62mm
  • Length: 70mm
  • Diameter: 70mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Launch Price: $1,299
  • Alternatives among mFT lenses
July 2016

Leica APO-Summicron 50mm f/2 (silver)

leica m 50mm 20 asph silver
  • Silver version of the APO-Summicron 50mm f/2
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
  • Apochromatic Design
  • 8 elements in 5 groups
  • One aspherical and one floating element
  • Focus tab to support manual focus
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.70m
  • Front filter: E39
  • Diameter: 47mm
  • Length: 53mm
  • Weight: 300g
  • Launch price: $7,995
  • Alternatives among Leica M lenses
July 2016

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

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  • AF standard prime lens for Sony FE
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • 12 elements in 9 groups
  • 2 aspherical and 1 ED element
  • Zeiss T* coating
  • Ring-type Ultrasonic Focusing Motor
  • Optical SteadyShot (OSS) Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus, Full Time Manual Override
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.45m
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Front filter: E72
  • Diameter: 84mm
  • Length: 108mm
  • Weight: 778g
  • Launch price: $1,500
  • Alternatives among Sony FE lenses
May 2016

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8

zeiss batis 18mm
  • Super wide-angle lens for E-mount
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • 11 elements in 10 groups
  • Distagon design (retrofocus)
  • OLED display for distance and depth of field
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.25m
  • Robust and weatherproof metal construction
  • Front filter: E77
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 78 x 95 mm
  • Weight: 330 g
  • Launch price: $1,499
  • Alternatives among Sony FE lenses
May 2016

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8

sony fe 50mm 18
  • Full-frame standard prime
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.45m
  • Dimensions (diameter x length): 68.6 x 59.5 mm
  • Weight: 186 g
  • Launch price: $249
  • Alternatives among Sony FE lenses
May 2016

Panasonic G 12-60 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

panasonic 12 60mm
  • 24-120mm equivalent standard zoom
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • 11 elements in 9 groups
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • High speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.27x
  • Power-OIS (compatible with Dual-IS)
  • Splash and dust-proof construction
  • Filter Size: 58mm
  • Weight: 210g
  • Length: 66mm
  • Max Diameter: 71mm
  • Launch Price: $499
  • Alternatives among mFT lenses
Mar 2016

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

canon efs 18 135mm usm
  • EF-S Mount Lens for APS-C Format
  • Focal lengths of 29-216mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • One UD and one Aspherical Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Image Stabilizer and Dynamic IS
  • Compatible with PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter
  • Front filter: 67mm
  • Weight: 515g
  • Diameter: 77mm
  • Length: 96mm
  • Launch Price: $599
  • Alternatives among Canon EF lenses

More Photography Resources...

There are many excellent photo gear websites available nowadays. Here are three favorites: For the latest product releases and industry updates, Simon Joinson and his team at dpreview.com maintain a very comprehensive news blog and deliver detailed technical assessments. For hands-on camera and lens evaluations, Gordon Laing at cameralabs.com provides critical yet constructive reviews. And for explanations on the technical foundations of digital photography, Sean McHugh at cambridgeincolour.com makes many pertinent resources and illustrated tutorials available.

It is remarkable how far imaging technology has advanced since the Ur-Leica of 100 years ago, isn't it?

Ur-Leica
The Ur-Leica - the first 35mm camera[wikipedia.org]