Would you buy a Voigtlander lens for your Leica M? Should you? Voigtlander (or as I often misspell it, Voightlander) is a company with a long and storied history in the field of optics and photography. The company was founded in Vienna, Austria in 1756 by Johann Christoph Voigtlander, who started out as an apprentice to a scientific instrument maker before branching out on his own.
I tend to think that in photography, a lot of us get way too hung up on things being technically perfect, that we forget the most important thing that really matters: The emotional impact of the image. How the photograph we take, makes someone feel.
Recently, I’ve had to adjust the rangefinder in my Leica M film body, namely my Leica MP. I was annoyed when I realised that it needed to be done. The focussing patch was out of sync at infinity. Setting the lens to infinity, pointing at a subject far off in the distance, I could see it was out.
The legendary Leica M6 is an icon. Intuitive, compact and discreet, it allows you to get up close to the action and to real emotions. Leica Camera AG, the company responsible for the first 35mm camera, and today the sole manufacturer of new 35mm analogue rangefinder cameras, continues its commitment to film photography with the release of the new Leica M6.
The Leica M12 rangefinder camera is coming. Even though the Leica M11 was only released in January 2022 (I got one in the first week) I know that it stands to reason another flagship Leica M body is going to replace it in Leica’s line up.
A new, limited-edition camera combines Leica camera technology with the rich culture of street photography and the urban zeitgeist. Leica Camera, “A BATHING APE” and Stash have collaborated on a limited-edition camera, merging industry-leading technology with a chic, urban aesthetic. The Leica D-Lux 7 “A BATHING APE®︎ X STASH” is offered in two variations, with a black-finish version sold exclusively through Leica stores, and a silver-finish version only available through streetwear brand, A BATHING APE®︎.