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Thursday, October 23, 2014

ERNST LEITZ III DESIGN FOR LEICA SM CAMERAS



Unlike in the US, many larger German companies conduct their own training and education programs.  These usually are a combination of practical education in form of an apprenticeship, where applicable, combined with educational programs at schools of higher learning, including university studies.  Leica is no exception.  They have carried on this tradition since the beginnings of the company.

Ernst Leitz III was no exception.  Even though it was planned for him to eventually take over the leadership of the company from his father, Ernst Leitz II insisted the he would undergo training as an apprentice within the company besides his University studies.

Part of this included training as a Feinmechaniker (precision mechanic).  Such training included even basics like learning how to correctly use a metal file, for instance.  With other words, his education and training was from the ground up.

Toward the end of this training program he was even assigned the task of some design work.  While little is known what all this entailed, we do, however, have one example that was used for years on the Leica screw mount cameras.

After his father had decided to manufacture “Barnacks Kamera” (Barnack’s Camera) after the initial 30 (or 31, the exact number has never been conclusively established) preproduction models, some final design work was necessary before the first official Leica, the Leica I or Model A could be marketed.

Ernst Leitz III was given the task of designing the small rewind lever that allowed the camera to be switched from the position of film advance to rewind.  Apparently his work was successful.  We have to assume that the final decision was made by Oskar Barnack, and for years his lever design was with us on the Leica screw mount cameras.

Lever in the 'advance' position

Lever moved half way to show the intricate shape

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

VISIT THE LEITZ FAMILY HOME “HAUS FRIEDWART.”



The Tourist Information Office of Wetzlar offers a rare insight into the "House Friedwart", the former home of the Leitz family.

Haus Friedwart

Wetzlar  - Leitz-Villa "Haus Friedwart" (2012-02-19)

Guided tours of the magnificent property will be offered on Saturday 25 October at 2 and 4 pm and on Sunday, October 26, at 10:30 am and 2 pm. The house Friedwart is a historical and architectural marvel. Set on a large garden plot at Kalsmunthang, it was built in 1914-1917 for Ernst Leitz II, the pioneer of the Leica. Today it is only used for receptions and chamber concerts. You can visit the house with its extraordinary interior during the one and a half hour tour.

Pre-registration is required. Tickets are priced at 6 Euros at the Tourist Information Office Domplatz 8 (Cathedral Square 8).  

Phone: (0 64 41) 99 77 55

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Monday, October 20, 2014

RENÉ BURRI: 1933-2014


Magnum Photos announced with great sadness that René Burri passed away earlier today at the age of 81.  He had been involved with Magnum since 1955, upon the recommendation of Werner Bischof.  He was a member since 1959. René Burri was famous for his portraits of icons of the 20th Century including Che Guevara and Picasso, he was also known for his artistic strength as a photojournalist and his architectural photography, with his study of Le Corbusier being one of the best known.


Just last year, in June, Leica Camera honored René Burri for his life’s work.  At that time Leica Camera wrote,

“The Swiss photographer René Burri is considered to be one of the best known and most respected photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. His portfolios shot as a photojournalist at political hot spots around the world, for example of the divided and later reunited city of Berlin, and evocative portraits like those of the Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara with a cigar, the sculptors and painters Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti or the architect Le Corbusier founded his fame. Today, some of his images stand as valuable documents of contemporary history. And now, Leica Camera AG honors the lifework of the 80-year old Leica photographer, who has been a member of the Magnum agency for over fifty years, with the Leica Hall of Fame Award.”

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Martin Parr, President of Magnum Photos said,

"Not only was he one of the great post war photographers, he was also one of the most generous people I have had the privilege to meet. His contribution to Magnum and his unrivalled ability to tell stories and entertain us over this time will be part of his enormous legacy...

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family."








Sunday, October 19, 2014

A PRESENTATION OF LEICA PHOTOGRAPHS



Today we present you with a variety of Leica photographs which hopefully will inspire our readers to submit work of their own, color or black and white, for a future Leica Gallery presentation.

As a thank you for any submissions, we will send you one of the Leica collector items advertised below at no charge.

For submission please include:

Your Name
Title (not mandatory)
Type of Leica Camera
Film type, if applicable



Conway Halas
Leica CL, 50mm Summicron f/2
Agfapan APS 25

Bob Nandell
"Webb"
Leica R3, 50mm Summicron f/2
Kodak Tri-X

Monika Kopec
"Gladiolas"
Leica Digilux 2

J. Kubilis
"Winter Branches"
Leica IIIc, 50mm Elmar f/2.8
Kodak Tri-X

Heinz Richter
"Deb"
Leica M6, 135mm Elmarit f/2.8
Agfapan APS 25

R. A. Diskowski
Leica M2, 50mm f/2 Summicron
Ilford HP5

J. D. Macklin
"Three Legged Race"
Leica M4, 50mm f/2 Summicron

Bob Nandell
"Straining"
Leica R3-MOT, 400MM F/6.8 Telyt
Kodak Tri-X

John Palumbo
"Tecco"
Former principal violinist St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Leica R4, 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
Ilford XP2 Super

Blaine Schultz
"Black Dress"
Leica R4, 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
Ilford HP 5

Blaine Schultz
Leica R4, 35mm f/2 Summicron-R
Ilford HP 5

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

DIE GRÖSSTE AUSTELLUNG ZUM 100. JUBILÄUM DER LEICA


Zum dritten Mal hat sich der Jungfernstieg in Hamburg in eine “Outdoorgalerie“ verwandelt.  Zum Anlass des 100. Geburtstags der Leica, der ersten praktischen Kleinbildkamera,  werden bis zum 31. Oktober 2014 hier Straßenbilder von 17 Fotografen präsentiert, die mit einer Leica-Kamera fotografiert wurden.

Diese Ausstellung die erste der Ausstellungen “Augen auf!” die im Haus der Photographie stattfindet.  Vom Oktober 2014 bis 11. Januar 2015 werden hundert Jahre Fotografiegeschichte mit rund 500 Fotografien von 140 Künstlern gezeigt.

Dies ist die umfangreichste Ausstellung zu dem 100. Leica Jubiläum.  Neben Straßenfotografie werden Themen von journalistischen Strategien über dokumentarische Ansätze bis hin zu freien künstlerischen Positionen und Modefotografie ausgestellt.

Mobilmachung für den ersten Weltkrieg 1914
Foto: Oskar Barnack

New York 1914
Foto: Ernst Leitz

Wetzlar Flood 1920
Foto: Oskar Barnack

Die Leica wurde 1914 entwickelt und auf der Leipziger Frühjarsmesse 1925 auf den Markt gebracht.  Mit der Leica kündigte sich in der Fotografie ein Paradigmenwechsel an. Viele Fotografen nutzten seit daher die Möglichkeit, das Leben auf der Straße in einer Art fotografisch einzufangen wie es bis daher nicht möglich war.  Erst die Entwicklung der Leica hat den modernen Fotojournalismus möglich gemacht.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

EXHIBITIONS AT LEICA CAMERA AG IN WETZLAR



<p>Das Leica-Foyer im Zeichen der M. "Magic Moments" heißt die Ausstellung, die Arbeiten von 58 Fotografen zeigt, die mit dieser Kamera arbeiten.  (Fotos: Heiland)</p>
Photo: Heiland

Leica Camera AG has much to celebrate: 100 years of Leica photography and 60 years of Leica M. For that reason three exhibitions were opened on Thursday night in front of around 60 guests.

One of the exhibitions is titled "Magic Moments - 60 Years Leica M,” a selection of top-class recordings of 58 Leica photographers of the past 60 years. Shown are images of Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles, of anonymous travelers, children playing, and passers-by.

Another exhibition is the project "100 photographers - 100 portraits" of the American photographer Claire Yaffa , all black and white portraits of the personalities behind the camera, a goal which she pursued since the mid-60s.  Even Henri Cartier-Bresson made ​​an exception for her and was photographed for her project “Who’s who of the Great Photographic Personalities.”

Claire Yaffa

Curator Karin Rehn-Kaufmann praised Yaffa’s sensitivity with which she pursued her project of 48 years. Yaffa talked about the origin of the photos of her colleagues, especially her "Leica-friends". She said: "I love what I do and I love the people I photograph."

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann with Dr. Andreas Kaufmann,
Chairman of the Supervisoty board of Leica Camera AG

In the third exhibition the visitor will find 45 treasures from the collection of the Leica Museum, especially pieces from 60 years of Leica M. In addition to rare prototypes and experimental models are cameras of famous personalities such as Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth with her Leica.
Queen Elizabeth using a Leica M3

In addition Leica welcomed another star photographer: Thomas Hoepker.  He talked about why the Leica M is more to him than just a "great tool", and he presented and signed his new book "Wanderlust" in the Leica store.

Thomas Hoepker

Last but not least the artist Alfons Alt was honored. He designed the expansive windows called “Kreiswerk" at the end of the foyer, in which he looks at the universal symbol of the circle in in a variety of techniques.

Wetzlar mayor Wolfram Dette praised the diversity of the Leica Gallery as an"extraordinary symbiosis between outstanding technology, architecture and space in which art and culture can flourish."


The exhibitions are on view until January 4. They are open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 8 pm clock and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Admission is free.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

OF THINGS TO COME


LEICA M5 AT MINUS 30 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT




Today is one of those rare Fall days in Minneapolis that makes it easy to forget that summer is gone.  The forecast is for 70F and we have bright sunshine. It is a great day to go out and shoot. But we all know that winter is not far off which brings up the ever reoccurring question if we need to treat our cameras differently in cold weather?  The short answer is ‘not really’.

These days, when our our cameras rely more than ever on sufficient battery power, we should be aware that they don’t like low temperatures very much at all.  Subsequently, one or two fully charged extra batteries are definitely a good idea.  Carried in an inside pocket, to keep them warm, should prevent any mishaps of camera failure due to lack of battery power.  In addition, it is advisable to carry the cameras underneath our clothing as well to keep them from getting any colder than necessary.

Finally, carry along a ziplock bag, big enough for the camera and lenses.  After a while of shooting, when getting ready to back inside, put the camera, lenses and other equipment into the plastic bag and seal it.  This prevents the warm, moist inside air to get into contact with the equipment.  Otherwise the result will be that the moisture condensates on the cold camera equipment.  Excessive moisture and cameras simply don’t mix.  Keeping the camera equipment in a closed case will also work as long as it is not opened.

All this reminds me of a new Leica M5 that I acquired several years ago.  I had always heard of the impressive resistance of Leicas to cold temperatures and decided to give the camera a good test.

The weather forecast was predicting temperatures as low as -30F.  To give the camera a head start, I put it in a freezer overnight.  The next morning the thermometer did indeed read -30 degrees.  I set out to take photographs.  I purposely carried the camera on a strap, outside my clothing, to make sure it would get as cold as possible.

Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis is a popular attraction during summer...

...but changes its appearance considerably during winter.
It was here in Minnehaha Park that I tested the Leica M5
cold weather performance

I noticed no ill effects.  The camera worked as it should.  The only difference was that the 50mm f/2 Summicron on the camera was a bit stiffer during focusing. 

I had been shooting for about 2 hours when I decided to go home.  Once I returned, against my own advice, I went right inside, forgetting about the plastic bags.  To my horror, the camera instantly froze over with about 1/8 inch of solid ice.  The camera was so cold that the condensation froze immediately.  As it warmed up and the ice thawed, I immediately wiped it off.  The camera showed no ill side effects and served me well for many years after that.

That was obviously some extremely rough treatment and I certainly don’t recommend subjecting any of your cameras to such torture.  But it showed that Leica’s claims in regard to cold weather operation are not exaggerated.

I have long since switched to digital Leica equipment and I have refrained from repeating that test with any of my current cameras, but I have used them at temperatures as low as about 0 with no ill side effects.  I would not hesitate to use any of my Leica cameras at temperatures a lot lower than that.  But I don’t have anything to prove anymore, not with my cameras and certainly not for myself.  Unless absolutely necessary, I will wait for more pleasant days for my outdoor shooting. 

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LEICA X EDITION MONCLER





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Press Release

The exclusive LEICA X ‘Edition Moncler
Handcrafted collision of art and digital technology



New York, New York (October 15th, 2014) — Leica Camera continues to celebrate 100 years of photography with the limited Leica X “Edition Moncler”. The new edition was designed in collaboration with Moncler and infuses both brand’s values of quality design and technicality. The aesthetically pleasing and highly technical camera pays homage to the French origins of Moncler with a premium leather trim in a three-color scheme of red, white, and blue. The silver version of the Leica X is appealing to both photographers and fashion forward camera users.

The exclusive Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ is strictly limited to 1,500 units for the entire global market. The additional camera case was designed in accordance with Moncler’s world famous down jackets. The matching genuine leather camera strap bears the inscription, Leica & Moncler, highlighting the collaboration. The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ will be available from Leica Stores, Boutiques, and Moncler flagship stores, beginning October 2014.

This exclusive camera was first unveiled during the Frieze Art Fair in London at the opening of Fabien Baron’s exhibition, “Monuments”. The opening was hosted by Leica and Moncler at Sotheby’s on October 14th. Fabien Baron, Vanity Fair’s “most sought-after creative director in the world”, highlights the exemplary collaboration between Leica and Moncler with his exhibition. Baron’s photographs, captured with the Leica S medium-format camera system, show the spectacular ice and snow-bedecked landscapes of Greenland and express the fascination of nature with which Moncler is deeply involved.

The technical specifications of the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ are identical to those of the standard production model of the new Leica X camera. The camera features a professional APS-C-format CMOS sensor with 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels) with a Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, increasing creative freedom and guaranteeing exceptionally brilliant pictures.

It also offers a wide range of camera functions, an intuitively simple handling concept and the iconic, premium attributes of Leica product design. The Leica X provides everything an amateur or professional photographer needs for commercial, small business or family use.

About Moncler

Moncler was founded at Monestier-de-Clermont, Grenoble, France, in 1952 and is currently headquartered in Italy. Over the years the brand has combined style with constant technological research assisted by experts in activities linked to the world of the mountain. The Moncler outerwear collections marry the extreme demands of nature with those of city life. In 2003 Remo Ruffini took over the company, of which he is currently Chairman and CEO. Moncler manufactures and directly distributes the Moncler clothing and accessories collections Moncler Gamme Rouge, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Moncler Grenoble and Moncler Enfant through its boutiques and in exclusive international department stores and multi-brand outlet



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