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New Leica M-P rangefinder revealed
A ‘stripped back’ Leica digital rangefinder aimed at pros and affluent enthusiasts has been released, called the Leica M-P (Type 240).
While the new camera is very similar to the Leica M, the camera is designed to be discrete and stylish – according to Leica, the ‘P’ in the product name indicates the “particularly discreet and enduring design concept.”
The new camera also has a 2Gb buffer, double that of the Leica M, along with a full-frame 24Mp sensor and a frame selection lever.
This enables bright lines for six different focal lengths to be projected onto the viewfinder to help with lens choice and composition.
The corresponding frames are shown in pairs for 28 and 90mm, 35 and 135mm or 50 and 75mm. While the M-P is discrete, the price isn’t – get ready to pony up £5,650 (body only, but you do get a choice of black or silver chrome).
Sony: I shrunk the CSCs
Sony has released the Sony A5100, claiming it’s the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor.
In addition, the 24 megapixel A5100 packs an intruging autofocus system with 179 focal plane phase-detection AF points, along with touchscreen features, a built-in flash and WiFi.
The A5100 also includes the BIONZ X image processor, a tiltable 180° LCD screen and support for the XAVC S video format at 50 Mbps.
It’s available mid-September at three price points – £420 (body only), £550 (with 16-50mm kit lens) and £760 (with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens kit).
Latest EISA award winners unveiled
The European Image and Sound Association (EISA) has named the Canon EOS 1200D as the European Consumer DSLR Camera of the Year 2014-15.
Other top honours go to the Olympus OM-D E-M10, named best consumer compact system camera, the Fujiflm X-T1, named best advanced CSC, and the Panasonic DMC-GH1, lauded as European Photo and Video Camera of the Year. Click here to see the full list of award winners.
Lensbaby goes for the Sweet Spot
Lensbaby has released the LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for mobile devices and the Sweet 50, a 50mm selective-focus optic which works with the Lensbaby
Optic Swap System for SLRs, compact system cameras and movie cameras. The LM-10 weighs only 0.7 ounces and fixes to mobile devices via an adhesive-backed steel ring (the lens also has magnets on both ends).
As part of the package, you get an iOS or Android app for selecting focus point and orientating the image. Meanwhile the Sweet 50 optic offes an aperture range from f/2.5 to f/22.
Prints charming at the RPS
The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) of the UK has hit the road with its International Print Exhibition, which is travelling across Britain until next June.
The exhibition, which has ran almost every year since 1854, features 100 prints, including the Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners. Click here for more details on the exhibition and the touring schedule.
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