Posts Tagged ‘Leica’

Review: SuperCharged Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship phablet

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship phablet boasting the fabulous camera from P9 that was co-developed with Leica and now improved, a fast Kirin 960 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 user interface. Price in Singapore: S$898.

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My take: The Huawei Mate 9 is another winner from Huawei. The Android 7 flagship phablet works swiftly as a smartphone and has a fabulous camera that churns out wonderfully toned black and white snapshots. Fantastic for monochrome shooters that want Leica-like photos without any post-editing.

The 5.9-inch smartphone has dual SIM slots capable of supporting 4G and 3G networks.

The Huawei Mate 9 ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and you can use the secondary SIM card slot to add up to 256GB from a microSD card.

Have been trying out the Huawei Mate 9 since its launch & availability in Singapore last month. Was curious to see whether the camera performance of the Mate 9 had improved over the P9, which had impressed me when I tried it (see the P9 photos here).

With the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, the Huawei Mate 9 is a strong candidate to take up the mettle left by the Korean flagship phablet.

The phone sports a Type-C USB socket – an adaptor to convert into a regular mini-USB is included in the box – and has a 4000mAh battery that can be SuperCharged for a day’s usage within 20 minutes.

I brought along the Mate 9 when I went on vacation in Taiwan to put it through the grind of daily usage, and to take some photos with its fabulous camera (see the Mate 9 photos here).

The highlights

  • Android 7 Nougat.
  • EMUI 5.0 user interface.
  • Latest Kirin 960 CPU for faster performance.
  • SuperCharge technology (full day’s charge in 20min).
  • 2nd gen Leica dual-lens camera with 12MP RGB sensor, and now with 20MP monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, enabling 2x digital zoom.

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Travel Photography – “Beyond Boundaries” by Laxmi Kaul

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The “Beyond Boundaries” photo exhibition showcases Laxmi’s photos from multiple visits to the Kashmir. This story first appeared on The Travel Memoir.

Here you can see the photographer, Laxmi Kaul with one of her subjects. A juxtaposition of the modern Indian woman with one in traditional garb.

Here you can see the photographer, Laxmi Kaul with one of her subjects.. A juxtaposition of the modern Indian woman with one in traditional garb.

Beyond Boundaries presents Laxmi Kaul and her journey with the people and nomads of Kashmir, where life is about simplicity, serenity and sincerity.

“After shooting in a highly turbulent & conflict–ridden area, I have realized that it is the everyday lives of the people living there that matter to me. They are the ones who makes me want to go back to and continue to narrate their stories. Their daily lives & cultures. I have discovered there is something special in the everyday; for one, we are alive,” said Laxmi Kaul.

What goes on around the borders?

Sometimes life is about the unplanned moments, the appreciation of nature and how civilisations interact.

Laxmi Kaul is a self -taught professional photographer, having started photography at a young age when she saw her father’s passion for making images.

Since then, she has never looked back.

Despite being a commercial photographer, she still holds people and documentary photography closest to her heart.

Laxmi connects with spirituality in daily life and travels with a patriotic zeal.

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This photo is one of many beautiful shots that Laxmi Kaul is exhibiting at the Leica Galleries Singapore at Raffles Hotel Singapore from now till 5 December, 2016. Photo credit: Laxmi Kaul.

She believes the camera is her tool and photography is an extension of her very being.

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Appointments: Jane Cui as new President Leica Camera Asia

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The appointment is part of a new management level and organisational structure that has been established to strengthen the important Asian growth market for Leica Camera AG.

Jane Cui, President Leica Camera Asia, effective 15 October, 2016.

Jane Cui, President Leica Camera Asia, effective 15 October, 2016.

In the course of the company’s global expansion and the successive expansion of its subsidiaries, Leica Camera AG has now established an additional management level to its organisational structures in the Asia region.

‘I am thrilled to join the Leica family! There is so much history and so many stories are made by Leica. I look forward to be part of the team to help transform the company, and to continue growing the legacy of the Leica brand’, adds Jane Cui.

In her function as President Leica Camera Asia, Jane Cui will be assuming business responsibility for the markets Greater China and South East Asia with effect from 15 October 2016.

She will report to Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

The Managing Directors responsible for the individual Asian regions – Sunil Kaul (Asia Pacific) and Siegmund Dukek (Greater China) – will report to Jane Cui.

Below are more details from the press release.

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Huawei & Leica Camera establish new research & innovation center

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’ will conduct R&D in the fields of new optical systems, computational imaging, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG (left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’

Ren Zhengfei, CEO of Huawei (right) and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG (left), signing the agreement on the establishment of the ‘Max Berek Innovation Lab’. Photo source: Huawei.

Huawei and Leica Camera AG today announced they have expanded their strategic collaboration with the establishment of a jointly operated research and innovation center.

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New arrivals: Leica SL mirrorless system camera in Singapore

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The Leica SL (Type 601) body will be available in Singapore from 16 November 2015. The body is priced at S$11,000 while the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH zoom lens will retail for S$6,850.

The Leica SL was first unveiled in Wetzlar, Germany on 20 October, 2015 and launched in Singapore on 30 October.

The Leica SL was first unveiled in Wetzlar, Germany on 20 October, 2015 and launched in Singapore on 30 October.

The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2,8-4/90-280mm ASPH lens will be available Q2/2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 1:1,4/50mm ASPH will be available Q4/2016.

Those interested can now pre-order their SL from all Leica Stores and Boutiques located at ION Orchard, Raffles Hotel Arcade and Mandarin Gallery, as well as authorised Leica dealers.

Below are more details from the press release.

The LEICA SL mirrorless system camera sets new standards in terms of speed, picture quality and versatility

Wetzlar, 20 October 2015 – The Leica SL system marks the beginning of a new era of professional photography made in Germany.

The Leica SL mirrorless system camera is impressive on account of its innovations in exceptional Leica quality. Its 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and perfectly matched components – from superiorquality lenses to its electronic viewfinder – guarantee exceptional imaging performance.

EyeRes viewfinder and touchscreen display for total control of every picture

Developed especially for the Leica SL, this electronic viewfinder is the first of its kind to feature Leica EyeRes technology.

With a latency time below the threshold of perception, an impressive resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification reminiscent of a medium format camera, this electronic viewfinder offers an entirely new visual experience and numerous advantages.

The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it.

The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it.

The final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, which enables optimum control over the final picture in any situation.

In addition, the Leica SL also features a 2.95″ back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170° that enables reliable viewing of pictures and efficient touchscreen menu navigation.

Maestro II processor for maximum performance

The high-performance Maestro II series processor guarantees that photographers never miss even the fastest-moving subjects and that the camera responds instantaneously to all commands.

Together with 2 GB of buffer memory, the processor makes it possible to capture consecutive exposures at rates of up to 11 frames per second at full 24 MP resolution and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard.

Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard.

Thanks to its Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class and underlines the innovative character of the camera.

24 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional picture quality in 35 mm full-frame format

The 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor guarantees impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness, the highest resolution, and noise-free images in almost all lighting conditions.

The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.

The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.

The sensor reveals its full potential in combination with Leica SL lenses, especially in available-light situations, and captivates users with atmospheric exposures in superior quality at ISO settings up to a maximum of 50,000.

What’s more, it is optimised for use with Leica M-Lenses and, in addition to supporting all their functions, delivers the excellent picture quality with which Leica has been synonymous for more than 100 years.

The new movie star: professional video in cinematic resolution

The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfils even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully-fledged video camera.

Thanks to its 24 MP CMOS sensor and highperformance Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL enables the production of professional videos in 4K resolution.

“This milestone for Leica Camera is a testament of Leica Camera’s commitment towards innovation. The Leica SL is the perfect tool for professional photographers; with the fastest autofocus in the professional full frame camera class,” says Sunil Kaul, Managing Director for Leica Asia Pacific.

Videos can be recorded in UHD at 30 frames per second or even in Cine4K at 24 frames per second.

In full HD, the Leica SL records video at up to 120 frames per second and makes use of the entire sensor area.

Here, the logical and intuitive handling concept of the camera makes a clear distinction between still- and motion-picture recording.

As soon as the camera is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function or the recording level of the microphone.

An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu.

Videos can be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format in 4K resolution over HDMI 1.4.

Aluminium body for robust performance in everyday photography

From the beginning, resilience and robustness were at the focus of the Leica SL’s development.

Body components machined from solid aluminium and precisely engineered seals around controls and in the lenses provide optimum protection against dust, moisture and splashes for the sensitive technology inside.

“I’m confident this camera will befit photographers from all disciplines to make this their tool of choice. You have to try it for yourself,” Kaul adds.

At the same time, integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning removes dust and dirt from the sensor.

The glass covering the back panel display is extremely scratch-resistant and features an anti-reflex coating.

All these properties make the camera an ideal tool for use in the rough, everyday conditions faced by professional photographers.

In the interplay between its equally classic and functional design and its distinctive lines, the Leica SL is another example of Leica’s fine art of engineering.

A new generation of lenses for excellent picture quality

The combination of outstanding imaging performance and the fastest autofocus currently possible makes working with the Leica SL an entirely new experience and enables photographers to produce images in a quality never before seen in 35 mm format.

True to Leica’s principles, the new lenses specific to the Leica SL are distinguished by superior optical and mechanical precision.

Leica SL body with three new lenses specifically designed for the camera.

Leica SL body with three new lenses specifically designed for the camera.

With its wide range of focal lengths and high speed, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH is the ideal standard zoom lens in the Leica SL-System portfolio.

The zoom range of the fast Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 follows on directly from this and the current lens portfolio is rounded off by the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH, the new reference lens for this focal length.

Further Leica SL lenses will follow.

What’s more, the exceptional compatibility of the Leica SL-System grants photographers access to almost all Leica lenses ever made.

For instance, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter.

In addition, appropriate adapters allow Leica S, M, and R system lenses and lenses from other manufacturers to be mounted on the Leica SL.

New arrivals: Leica T (Typ 701) mirrorless system camera

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Created in collaboration with Audi Design, the Leica T will be launched with two lenses available: Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH and Leica Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH.

SRP:

  • Body + 18-56mm lens: S$4,950
  • Body + 23mm lens: S$5,250

Update (29 April, 2014):

The Leica T was officially launched in Singapore today. The camera will be available in Singapore from 26 May 2014 at Leica Stores located at Raffles Hotel Arcade, Mandarin Gallery and ION Orchard.

The Leica T will be available in either a natural aluminum finish, or anodized black.

The Leica T will be available in either a natural aluminum finish, or anodized black.

Two additional lenses are also scheduled to appear in time for presentation at Photokina 2014 on 21 September.

  • Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH wide-angle zoom
  • Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH. telephoto zoom

The mirrorless interchangeable lens Leica T camera features a 16-megapixel APS-C-format, CMOS sensor.

It is the first system camera from Leica to feature an integrated Wi-Fi module.

Pictures and videos can be wirelessly transmitted straight from the camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer, and can then be shared by email, or on Facebook or other social media.

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Leica launches D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ compact camera

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

The limited special edition of the Leica D-Lux 6 is the result of collaboration with G-Star, the Dutch jeans and fashion label. The camera is now in stores for S$1,680.

The Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is the fruit of collaboration between Leica and G-Star. Available now for S$1,680.

The Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is the fruit of collaboration between Leica and G-Star. Available now for S$1,680.

The Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is designed for fashion aficionados and features an unusual colour concept and a distinctive look.

Rear view of the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’.

Rear view of the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’.

G-STAR RAW is a denim label renowned for its innovation, cutting edge and unorthodox style.

The body of the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is finished in the typical RAW design, and features the script ‘LEICA BY G-STAR RAW … JUST THE PRODUCT’.

This special edition’s leather trim is also unique – this is the first time it is being used on a Leica compact camera.

Leica Das Wesentliche in Singapore

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Leica showcased its slew of new products in an intimate session on the 32nd storey of Orchard Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.

This is part of Leica’s series of Das Wesentliche events in its main markets, after the inaugural event in Berlin last week. Prices in SGD below includes 7% GST.

Leica M Monochrom with the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens, Leica M9-P »Edition Hermès«, and the Leica X2.

Leica M Monochrom with the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens, Leica M9-P »Edition Hermès«, and the Leica X2.

“Das Wesentliche” means “The Essentials” in German.

It reflects Leica’s intent to focus on just the essentials in the design of their slew new products – to the point of being minimalistic.

The first Das Wesentliche event debuted in Berlin on 10 May.

The new products that were launched in Berlin are now being brought around the world to Leica’s main markets, including Tokyo and Singapore.

The Leica M Monochrom is an 18-megapixel full-frame digital rangefinder camera that shoots only in black-and-white.

It will be available in Singapore (S$12,260) in black chrome from August onwards.

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH

The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH lens has also been launched.

Leica describes it as its most outstanding lens. It will be available in Singapore (S$10,900) from the end of July 2012, in black finish.

Two limited editions of the Leica M9-P have been introduced to commemorate the close relationship between Leica and renowned Parisian house Hermès.

The limited edition Leica M9-P »Edition Hermès« is already available now (US$25,000) although only 300 will be available worldwide.

It comes in either single-lens or triple-lens kits. Both the camera body, lenses, camera bags and accessories have been specially designed by automotive designer Walter de’Silva.

Leica S-Adapter H for the S2

Leica S-Adapter H for the S2

An even more exclusive Leica M9-P »Edition Hermès« – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas will be available (US$50,000) in June 2012. Only 100 sets will be available worldwide. Each set will come with three lenses.

The 16.2-megapixel (effective pixels) Leica X2 is a compact camera with a huge sensor. The APS-C format CMOS image sensor is as big, if not bigger than many DSLRs.

It is targeted towards semi-professional photographers and photography enthusiasts. It will be available in Singapore (S$2,980) from June 2012.

Leica V-Lux 40 with 20x optical zoom

Leica V-Lux 40 with 20x optical zoom

Another new compact camera is the 14.1-megapixel (effective pixels) Leica V-Lux 40, with a 20x optical zoom from 24 to 480 mm (35mm equivalent).

It will be available in Singapore (S$990)  from June 2012 onwards.

Finally, the new Leica S-Adapter H enables the use of Hasselblad H lenses on the Leica S2.

It is now available (S$2,725) in Singapore.

Can’t afford a Leica S2? Rent one!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Leica S2 comes with a hefty price-tag: S$32,550. Now you can rent one from the Camera Rental Centre, at S$588 per day, together with a choice of two lenses.

The medium format professional camera system - Leica S2.

The medium format professional camera system - Leica S2.

The available lenses are the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8, Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5, Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 and the APO-Macro Summarit-S f/2.5.

“This rental program offers photographers a chance to test-drive the S2 under their preferred time and desired duration,” said Sunil Kaul, Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific.The retail prices for these lenses range from S$6,560 to S$9,630.

Special arrangements can be made to cater time for photographers who wish to get acquainted with the 37.5-megapixel camera before using it for a shoot.

Upon request, Leica lens adapters for the Mamiya 645, Pentax 67 and Hasselblad V system are available too, at no extra charge.

Camera Rental Centre
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The medium-format Leica S2 is built with a weather-sealed body that ensures that photographers can shoot even in the most extreme conditions.

High-speed, accurate autofocus aids photographers to nail the perfect shot, frame after frame.

New Customer Care Centre for Leica Camera Asia Pacific

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Leica Camera Asia Pacific reveals newly renovated and improved Leica Customer Care Centre at the International Building, Orchard Road, in Singapore.

Staff at the new Leica Customer Care Centre

Staff at the new Leica Customer Care Centre

The Customer Care Centre is now equipped with new Leica Rangefinder and sensor calibration machine for the M digital cameras.

The new equipment carries out adjustment and calibration checks. In particular, it confirms and aligns sensor flatness.

These services were previously conducted only in the Leica Customer Care Centre back in Solms, Germany.

The arrival of the new machines in Singapore will substantially shorten the waiting period for servicing for M-camera users since basic servicing can now be conducted in Singapore.

The waiting period for servicing will now take at least 7 working days and is subjected to parts availability from the factory.

The Leica Customer Care team has also been expanded into a 4-person team.

Leica Camera Asia Pacific’s chief Leica technician, Mr Andrew Chan is now joined by new technician, Mr Ser Lay Ghee.

Andrew has in-depth experience of over 30 years in photographic equipment, while Lay Ghee, brings along 20 years of experience in technical servicing.

Ms Juliana Yeo and Ms Adeline Lau will represent the Leica Customer Care Centre as main contact persons for Customer Care enquiries.