Leica Announces M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition:’ The M For Cinematographers

Leica M10-P ASC Edition

Leica announced the latest limited edition of the M10-P rangefinder camera today. The Leica M10-P ‘ASC 100 Edition’ celebrates the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers. It comes with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, a VISOFLEX electronic viewfinder, and an M-PL Mount adapter.

Leica M10-P ASC Edition with 35mm SUmmicron-M ASPH

Additionally, the camera features “authentic Cine Looks” looks–shooting modes accessed through the camera’s menu. The looks include ASC Cine Classic, ASC Contemporary, as well as cinematic aspect ratios.

See Leica’s press release here.

Leica Announces Limited M Lenses: APO Summicron 50, Summilux 28, and Summaron 28

Leica Limited Production M Lenses: APO 50mm f2, 28mm f5.6, 28mm f1.4
Leica announced new limited production variants of three lenses for the Leica M-System. The text below is from Leica’s announcement. Read the full press release here
APO-SUMMICRON-M 50 F/2 ASPH., BLACK CHROME
Available February 21, 2019
Reminiscent of the vintage Summicron 50 mm f/2 (II) from 1956, the APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH., black chrome features a scalloped focusing ring with barrel components machined from brass. This special lens has engravings for the focal length and distances measured in feet with red enamel paint, meticulously applied by hand. Limited to 700 lenses worldwide.
SUMMARON-M 28 F/5.6, MATTE BLACK PAINT
Available February 28, 2019
The Leica Summaron-M 28 mm f/5., matte black paint bolsters the range of classic Leica lenses with a new and exclusive color option, making for a stealthier variant of such an iconic lens with vintage aesthetic signature. Limited to 500 lenses worldwide.
SUMMILUX-M 28 F/1.4 ASPH., SILVER ANODIZED
Available February 28, 2019
For the first time, the Summilux-M 28 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens is available in a silver anodized version. Owners of M-System cameras and lenses in silver now have another matching high-performance lens for their systems in one of the most versatile and fast wide-angles of the Leica portfolio. Limited to only 300 worldwide.

Rumor Roundup, February 7th 2019

Canon

Canon Watch, Canon Rumors, and Camera News are all reporting new information on the expected Canon RP mirrorless body. Read more here.

Also on Canon Rumors, somewhere between five and eight new RF-mount lenses could be announced next week. The lenses rumored are as follows:

  • Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
  • Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

If the rumor proves true, Can will have a very robust lineup of lenses for its mirrorless system including very fast primes in the 50 f1.2 and 85f1.2, the EF mouth version of which have been very popular for many years.

Leica

Leica Product Photo of the Leica Q

Leica Rumors reports that the next iteration of the Leica Q and Leica Q-P, dubbed the Leica Q2 (model 4889) should be announced in “the next few months.” Read the article here.

Product Photo of the Leica SL

The New Camera also reports that a replacement for the Leica SL is imminent. The next generation SL is expected to have a 47.3MP sensor. Read the article here.

Nikon

According to Nikon Rumors the next Z-mount lens announcement is the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens. This will expand the Z line to include a medium, fast aperture zoom. The current F-mount 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens is a staple in many shooters’ bags and combined with the 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED lens rounds out a very common professional set-up.

Olympus

According to 43rumors, Olympus will announce a new 12-200mm lens on the 13th of February. Read the article here.

Recent Firmware Updates for Leica, Sigma, and Sony Cameras & Lenses

Leica released updated firmware for the Leica Q/QP cameras. Version 3.1 is available for download and the update addresses compatibility with Leica’s updated FOTOS app.

Leica SL Product Photo
Leica SL Product Photo

Leica also released firmware version 3.4 for the Leica SL. Click here to get it.

Sigma MC-11 Product Photo

Sigma also released a series of firmware updates for its Nikon F-mount and Canon EF-mount lenses as well as the Sigma Mount converter MC-11. Click here for more info.

Sony A9 product Photo
Sony A9 Product Photo

Sony also recently announced updated firmware for the A9, the A7III and A7RIII. The updates are not available yet, but Brian Smith has a good run down of the improvements to camera function once the software is available.

Sony VENICE System Camera

Additionally, Sony announced a firmware upgrade for its VENICE motion-picture camera system. Click here to read more.

Panasonic S1 & S1R Announced

Panasonic announced the S1 and S1R cameras. The S1 features a 24.2MP sensor and the S1R doubles that with 47.3MP. If that’s not enough for you, both bodies also feature a high-resolution shooting mode that produces 96MP images in the S1 and 187MP images in the S1R. Both cameras feature contrast detection autofocus systems with 225 AF points as well as internal image stabilization.

Video shooters will appreciate the 4K 60P capabilities of both cameras. The S1 can capture 4K 60P 8-bit video internally. Its big brother, the S1R can capture 4K 60P externally, with V-Log.

The S1 is priced at $2500 and available for preorder with an expected release date of April 4, 2019. The S1R is priced at $3700 and also available for preorder with the same release date. Both bodies are available with bundled lenses. Jump to News Shooter’s article for more info. There is also an extensive article on L-rumors.

Rumor Roundup

Canon

Multiple sites report a new Canon R series body for mid-2019. Canon Rumors’ article claims that the body has not begun production and will feature dual card slots, thought not for the same memory format, and that the camera will feature a traditional joystick controller instead of the touch bar.

In Canon video news, the site reports that the XA40 and XA45 camcorders should appear at NAB 2019 this coming April.

Additionally, a Canon RF mount 50mm f1.8 IS USM lens will join the lineup next to the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 USM lens this year.

Leica

Leica Rumors updated their list of expected Leica cameras and lenses. As of this writing the Safari Edition of the M10-P was announced, the remainder of the extensive list includes a Summilux-M 90mm lens with expected f/1.5 max aperture. Additionally, speculation includes a new Noctilux-M 35mm lens which would join the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.2 lenses in the Noctilux lineup. Additionally, a silver version of the Summilux-M 28mm f1/4 lens is apparently on the way.

The article goes on to say that Leica will continue to develop vintage lenses including a 135mm M mount lens.

In another article, Leica Rumors published an article describing Alexander Hude’s hack of the M8, M9, and M240 cameras’ firmware.

Nikon

Nikon rumors reports on a new Hoodman Hoodeye Eyecup for Nikon Z cameras. Additionally, and a new round of Nikon lens rebates.

Panasonic

Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.

Leica Announces Limited Edition M10-P “Safari” in Olive Green with Matching Leica Summicron-M 50 f/2

Leica Product Photo of M10-P and Summicron-M 50mm f/2 “Safari”

Leica officially announced the rumored “Safari” Edition of the Leica M10-P rangefinder camera. While the camera is a limited edition, the pricing is not as extraordinary as typical with other limited editions, at approximately $500 more than a standard black or chrome M10-P. You can read Leica’s press release here.

Rumor Roundup — January 25th, 2019

Canon

According to Canon Rumors, Canon filed patents for multiple non-L zoom lenses in RF mount. The lenses include 70-300, 100-400, and 50-250mm focal lengths with max apertures from f/4-5.6. Read Canon Rumors article here.

Additionally, Canon Rumors reports filings for a 24-80mm f/4 L IS lens and a 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. Both lenses are for the new RF mount. Read the article here.

On the Cinema EOS front, the Cinema EOS C300 Mark II replacement is rumored to have 8K capability . Further, Canon will release PL mount versions of their CN-E Primes later this year.

Leica

Techart released a new adapter ring that enables autofocus on Nikon Z cameras with Leica M lenses. The adapter ring enables a Sony Alpha adapter to mount on Nikon cameras. Effectively, you have two adapters between your lens and the Nikon Z body. Read Leica Rumors’ article here.

Also on Leica Rumors: Mega Shootout (best of the best): Sony, Leica, and Phase One comparison. This is an extensive article and if you’re into pixel peeping at still life of tic tacs and stuffed animals, it’s right up your alley.

Nikon

Nikon COOLPIX P1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight
Nikon Product Photo of COOLPIX P1000 with DF-M1 Dot Sight

The Nikon DF-M1 Dot Sight for the COOLPIX P1000 camera is now available for purchase. The sight enables more accurate acquisition of distant subject, particularly with the P1000’s 3000mm lens.

Nikon is also offering trade in deals on working digital interchangeable lens cameras valued at up to $400. Check here for more info.

Panasonic

L-Rumors reports that Panasonic will announce the S1-S1R on January 31, 2019. The rumored camera specifications include 4K60P video and a 47MP sensor. Read the full article here.

SONY

According to Photo Rumors, a silver version of the recently announced Sony a6400 was spotted in Japan and is listed for sale in that country’s Amazon pages. Read the article here.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to this weekend — January 18th 2019

What to Read

A Photographer Plunked a Photo Booth Outside BIW and Made Shipbuilder Portraits. She Learned A Lot About Them — Bangor Daily News

Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife Through Sixty Years of Marriage — The New Yorker. Let this story inspire you to take more pictures of your family.

Flickr celebrated 11 years of The Commons on January 16th. Since its inception and early partnership with the Library of Congress, the commons has grown to 115 participating institutions. The commons now consists of over 33,000 photographs and has over 70K followers. Check out the story and some great historical imagery here.

The Future is Bleak: Why Nikon and Canon’s New Mirrorless Lenses are the Wrong Direction. This is an opinion piece published on FStoppers. At The Photo Beat we imagine it will create a wide variety of responses–all with extreme agreement or disagreement in typical Internet form. But, read it for yourself and see what you think.

I Stopped Posting to Instagram for 90 Days and This is What Happened is also a decent read on FStoppers this week.

There’s More

And in a third decent installment from the folks at FStoppers, check out Instagram Freebooting is Out of Control and the Company is Letting it Happen. The debate about copyright and permissions is at the heart of this article, but let’s be honest, does anyone have a reasonable expectation that they can maintain control of their intellectual property after posting it on social media? Should they? Is it okay to hypocritically allow reposts from fans, but then threaten legal action when the repost is from a brand or small company? All food for thought.

However, if you’re curious about what you could do, check out: Quick Tip: How To Deal with and Image Thief on PDN.

Also on PDN, With Foreign Bureaus Slashed, Freelancers are Filling the Void — At Their Own Risk

Ralph Gibson: The Life and Work of a Legend — Leica Camera Blog. This is a great article about Ralph Gibson’s work and features some of his most iconic images.

Why A Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years — Wired. In a follow up to the story above, this one is about Ralph Gibson’s transition to digital. He also discusses this in his TED Talk, Finding a Visual Identity in the Digital Age (video below).

What to Watch

And Then There’s This

An Egg Has Poached the Most Liked Instagram Post Title from Kylie Jenner — Esquire. Not much to say about this one, but if you’re using likes as a benchmark or indication of the quality or veracity of your work, you may want to recalibrate your sensors.