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A German camera manufacturer, which are famous for their rangefinder cameras. They are the premier manufacturer within the genre of street photography.

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Are there any 3rd-party TTL Leica flash options?

For Leica TTL flash, are there any third-party options? I can't find any, so I'm assuming not. It seems if you own Leica gear and want TTL, you use Leica flashes and nothing else. Does anyone know ...
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What advantages does a pure black and white camera have over colour cameras?

Now that Leica has released a pure black and white camera, the Leica M-Monochrome, I started to think about the advantages a pure black and white camera has compared to a colour camera. I guess you ...
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Leica Q2M JPG files cannot be read by any of my Ubuntu (21.10) image software

I very recently picked up a Leica Q2M, and on my first attempt to read JPG files recorded on its storage media I've found that nothing on my Ubuntu 21.10 installation can read the files. I've tried <...
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Are there any budget alternative for digital cameras that don't have an LCD/Display?

I've been testing out digital minimalism and part of me started to think about having a camera without constantly looking at the display. I have known about a bunch of the Leica digital cameras ...
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What's the cause of this Leica M6 light leak?

I'm seeing light leaks on images from my Leica M6. Using the voigtlander 35mm f1.4 nokton lens. The leak appears at the same spot on the sample images but didn't appear on all images in the roll. ...
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What means lens optical characteristics?

I have 12-60 Panasonic lens for mft system. I'm about to buy 12-60 Leica for the same camera, because the photos I do with my current lens feel, smartphone-ish. Depite the lenses are similar in ...
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What might have caused this Leica M6 light leak?

I just bought a Leica M6 a week ago, and developed the first and second roll I took. The photos in the first roll showed no problem, but the in the second roll, the first, second, and third photo is ...
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Could I use a color card in an image to colorize images taken by a monochrome camera?

So lets say I somehow got my hands on the gorgeous Leica M9M If I simply include a color card in the image. Will I be able to capture color information perfectly? Howewer what I am interested is. ...
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How to load Leica IIIf to avoid problems with film advance, ripped sprocket holes, and short leader?

I was having problems loading my Leica IIIf with 35mm film. It’s not advancing, and some of holes ripped in the effort. After much annoyance and destroying of film (womp), I'm trying to figure out ...
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How can I use 400 ASA film in a Leica IIIf, which does not have options higher than 100?

I bought 400 ISO (color) for my Leica IIIf, but found out the highest setting is 100 ASA/80 Weston. What should I keep in mind when taking photos regarding other settings? It’s going to be rather ...
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What is the Leica look?

What is the Leica look that fans of the company claim is unique to them? What concrete differences are there that are most obvious to a layman?
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Can I adapt my 38mm auxillary lens microscope to use more widely available 42mm ones?

I have a Bausch and Lomb/Leica StereoZoom 4 microscope that I would like to use for microsoldering and occastional photos. Unfortunately, it only has 10X eye pieces and no auxillary lenses or ...
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How is the focus distance of a Leica M rangefinder lens mechanically transmitted to the body?

Basically speaking, when a camera focuses on something, it focuses on a certain distance. That means everything that is this distance away from the camera will be in focus and sharp in the image. ...
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Which kinds of lenses can be mounted on or adapted to the Leica M-Mount?

I'm confused by the choice of adapters offered for Leica M cameras. Now obviously Leica M mount lenses can be mounted, but I have also seen the M39 screw mount being mentioned a lot. I guess they are ...
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Are these light leaks caused by a problem with my Leica M6, or could they have happened in the development process?

I've had my leica m6 since 2007 and never experienced any problems with light leaks on my 35mm scans. Recently, I shot 5 rolls of Fuji 400H. 2 of the rolls came back with some very subtle light ...
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Horizontal line across beginning of film roll

I just developed a roll of negative (HP5+, shot with a film Leica), and there is a horizontal line across the first few frames (like 4 or 5). It is on the negative, so it's not an issue with the ...
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Can I use new "designed-for-digital" Leica lenses with a Leica film body?

I'm planning on buying a Leica film body. However, newer lenses are much easier to find. Presumably, newer lenses have been designed for digital bodies. I read that the new Leica lenses for M mount ...
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What are the drawbacks of an extender (wide or teleconverter)?

I'm asking a more general question, starting from a particular case with which I'm dealing these days: I'm considering buying a Wide Conversion Lens for my Panasonic HC-X900M camcorder (see the item ...
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How tight should a lens be screwed onto a Leica Screw Mount?

I have a Canon 7 rangefinder. How tight should a lens be screwed onto it?
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What power cord does my slide projector need, and if it does not exist can I still use my projector?

I have a Leitz Prado 66 slide projector. The power socket is oval and contains two round pins set pretty far apart. Where can I obtain a replacement power cord?
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Is the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm f/1.4 as good as the name implies?

I’ve got a soft spot for fast, normal lenses, and while I normally shoot with a Pentax DSLR, Panasonic’s Leica DG Summilux 25mm / F1.4 ASPH has had me sneaking drooling glances at Micro ...
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What low-cost ISO 400 film is good for learning photography?

I want to buy a ISO 400 film for photography, and I know Portra400 is good but I would prefer any cheaper alternative, as I am going to burn a lot.
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Is the Panasonic Leica Summilux the same quality as a non-Panasonic Leica summilux?

Is there an advantage to having a Leica Leica lens vs. a Panasonic Leica lens? To my ability to examine them, they look like the same on the inside. Would this be correct? The Leica Leicas are ...
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How does manual focus work using Leica lenses on other mirrorless cameras such as Fuji XPro1?

I used to own a Leica M4P, now I have gone digital with a Fuji X100. I love the X100 but the autofocus gives me so much trouble for street photography and its manual focus is terrible. I really ...
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What performance-related factors make a Leica camera so expensive?

I just saw a Leica M9 priced at 6995 USD, and a Leica M8 at 6295 USD. This is similar to the price for a high-end Nikon D3X or a Canon 1D Mark IV. So, I am trying to compare the specs, but can't get ...
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Focal length of Leica lenses with Metabones adapter

I'm interested about trying Leica lenses (within 35-50mm range, mostly) with the Sony a7r. My questions are the following: Does the metabone adapter change focal length and/or FOV of Leica ...
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Night photo with Leica 25mm: blur at f/1.4 [duplicate]

I have an Olympus OMD EM5 and a Leica 25mm which takes wonderful pictures in daylight. I was trying to take night pictures with this setup and I had the following results (after several tries and ...
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Is there a feasible workaround for Leica M Monochrom DNG files with Apple aperture?

So far Aperture does not support Leica M Monochrom DNG's and the best way I have found to get the files into Aperture is to open the DNG's up in Adobe DNG, export them as TIFFs and import the TIFFs ...
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Why does a Leica camera cost so much?

I was amazed that a Leica camera costs about the same as a new Mazda does ($30K). Why? :) The best lenses?
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Filtered water soaked Leica D-Lux 4 repair?

Apologies if this question doesn't fit here (suggested by a moderator) While on vacation in Las Vegas, the wife decided to pour a bottle of filtered water into her purse and coincidentally, all over ...
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Any chance you could mount Leica Noctilux (f/.95) on Canon 5d body?

I've read plenty about Leica's f/.95 noctilux lens, and the thing is, that Canon's f/.95 dream lens for whatever reason doesn't even come close. I'd love to use noctilux one day, but I would hate to ...
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Mounting a Canon EF lens on a Leica M body?

Is it possible to use existing Canon EF lenses with a Leica body with an M mount? I've seen various discussions in the Internet on this combination, but usually the other way round (mounting a Leica ...
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What can justify the big price gap between a Leica M6 and M7?

Is it only about semi and fully automatic mecanism ?
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Lens "family" names - what do they mean and should I care?

Some lens manufacturers have special names for their lens designs/families. Just to name a few: Leica - Summar/Summarit/Summilux, Elmar/Elmarit, Noctilux Carl Zeiss - Planar, Tessar, Sonnar, Distagon,...