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.

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 available for preorder with an expected release date of April 4, 2019. The S1R is 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.

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.

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.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, or Listen To This Weekend — January 4, 2019

What to Read

Take this one with a grain of salt, it’s a slick commercial put together by Nikon and The Atlantic. Areas of Focus is a Nikon Z7 commercial featuring Joe McNally. It’s worth a look just to appreciate McNally’s work. Check it out if you can get past the marketing bit.

Meet Leander Varekamp, Our Portrait of Humanity People’s Choice Winner — British Journal of Photography

The Real Vanlife: What It’s *Really* Like to Live on the Road in a Vintage Van by James Barkman — Field Mag. “James Barkman is a photographer, surfer, thrill seeker, and life enthusiast currently exploring the PNW in his faithful but not necessary trusty 1976 VW Type 2 van”

BJP – Online Loves … — British Journal of Photography. A collection of interesting photography projects.

New Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, had a great 2018 — Sony Reconsidered

What a Long Government Shutdown Could Mean for the FAA — and the Drone Industry — Dronelife

What to Watch

Wild Polar Bear Tries to Break In | BBC Earth — A wild polar bear attempts to snack on Gordon Buchanan, wildlife cameraman as he hunkers down in a protective cage. The Photobeat’s staff found this quote vey appropriate: “At this point, my fear outweighs my fascination.”

If this video piques your inserts about Gordon Buchanan, check out:

Love at first bite: The Incredible story of how BBC cameran filmed world’s deadliest bears – and ended up introducing them to his children — The Daily Mail

Gordon Buchanan, the Indiana Jones of Wildlife Presenters Talks About That Very Close Encounter With a Polar Bear. — Ethical Hedonist

What to Listen To

Photographer Stephen Vanasco Talks Legacy, the Adult Film Industry and Social Media — Hypebeast Radio Podcast. An interview by Jeff Staple. Stephen Vanasco is a business owner, photographer, former adult film director, and Leica Ambassador.

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 21, 2018

What to Read

Harold Feinstein: America’s Forgotten Photographer — Huck

Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog

Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog

Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers

FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography 

What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York — Artsy

What to Watch

Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary” 

Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.

A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.

And Then There’s This:

Photo of Couple Boning on Top of Pyramids Prompts International Investigation — Vice

Leica Japan Announces f/5.6 Summaron-M Black Limited Edition Lens

Leica Rumors reports that, according to Japanese site DC Watch, Leica Japan announced a black, limited-edition version of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 lens.  The Summaron-M 28mm lens is a vintage lens design that was originally produced in screw mount at the Wetzlar, Germany, factory from 1955-1963.  According to Leica’s website, the new version, originally only available in silver, is a “slightly revised design” with an M-bayonet mount and 6-bit coding for modern Leica rangefinders.  The Photo Beat has not been able to find a corroborating news release from Leica Camera.