Leica M-E Unveiled as Lower Priced Rangefinder

Leica M-E

While the new Leica M cruises in at $7k for its full frame 24MP and 1080p video shooting, the Leica M-E isn’t quite the bargain basement price at $5450.  But still, it’s a step down with an 18MP CCD sensor that is close to the same camera as the prior generation Leica M9.

The Leica M-E features a sensitivity range of ISO 160-2500, a 0.68x magnification viewfinder and a 230k-dot res 2.5″ LCD.  The Leica M-E should be available packaged with Lightroom 4 later this month from Leica retailers.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Leica M is a Full Frame 24MP, $7K Rangefinder

Leica M

The Leica M is heir apparent to the Leica M9.  From this point forward, Leica is ditching the number system and simply calling new models the Leica M.

The Leica M features a 24MP full frame sensor and captures 1080/24p video.  The M offers a 3-inch, 920k-dot res LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass to add to the robust build.  In addition to video capture, this is the first M-model to sport live view on the LCD, as well as focus peaking.

The Leica M should be available in early 2013 for $6950.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Fuji X-Pro1 Hands-On

Fuji X-Pro1

I finally got to get some hands-on time with the new Fuji X-Pro1 at CES 2012.  After handing out Camera of the Year honors in 2011 to the Fuji X100, I’ve been itching to see what Fuji had coming for the oft-rumored interchangeable lens lineup.  Based on what I’ve seen so far, the Fuji X-Pro1 looks like it won’t disappoint and should easily be in the running for the 2012 Camera of the Year. [Read more...]

Hasselblad Changes Owners, Moving Into New Markets

Hasselblad was recently acquired by a Swiss and German private equity group.  Interestingly, in the press release announcing the acquisition, Hasselblad’s Chairman and CEO said the company would continue its high-end medium format production but would also focus on “exploiting the potential we see in brand new markets.” [Read more...]

Fuji X100 Review

As of today, the Fuji X100 stands in a category of its own in terms of features, price and performance.  While other manufacturers have attempted to push the envelope, none have succeeded like Fuji has with the X100.  Armed with a 12.3MP sensor and a fixed focal length of 23mm (35mm equivalent), the X100 is not your ordinary point and shoot camera.  It’s also not a DSLR or what we typically categorize as a “mirrorless” camera even though it has no reflex mirror.

The Fuji X100 stands alone as a game changer in the “pro”-sumer photography realm. [Read more...]

Fuji X100 In-Stock

The Fuji X100 has been scarce since its announcement, with many in the US wondering just when they’ll get their chance to put hands on one.  If you’ve been waiting, it looks like Amazon has some in stock now.

Only 17 more left in stock at the time of this post.  Better hurry.

Update: It took 25 minutes to blow through the 17 available (at 3AM).  However, Amazon says it has more in stock, but it just takes 1-2 days extra to process the orders (guess they’re in the back of the warehouse, eh?).

Update #2: Wow. Those are gone too.  The X100 may be some hot stuff this year…