Leica SL3 Mirrorless Full-Frame System Camera Now Available

Leica Camera has announced the launch of the long-awaited mirrorless, full-frame SL3; an update to their already impressive SL2. The US price is $6,995 and it is now available for pre-order at B&HAdorama.

In 2015, Leica Camera introduced the SL-System, uniquely combining the two worlds of photography and videography. From the beginning, Leica has focused on partnering with its users and the photographic community to ensure that their products achieve exceptional standards. The result is a system which meets the highest requirements in image quality, manufacturing quality, and ease of handling. Now, the long-established company presents the next generation of the mirrorless full-frame system: the Leica SL3.

The rigorous demands of professional photographers have long served as a benchmark and inspiration for the development of the system, in particular the Leica SL3.The result is an extremely versatile camera, offering unprecedented image quality in both photography and videography. The SL3 combines state-of-the-art technology, extraordinary design, and masterly manufacturing quality – more compact, lighter, and even more user-friendly than its preceding model. The new functions of the Leica SL3 are based on an ongoing dialogue with professionals, which is highly valued and cultivated by the company in the ever-changing world of photography.

At the core of the Leica SL3, you can find the BSI CMOS full-frame sensor with Triple Resolution Technology, which is safely protected in a solid all-metal body with elegant leather. To meet a variety of photographic requirements, the sensor records raw files in DNG or JPEG format with a resolution of either 60, 36 or 18 MP. In each case, the full sensor surface is used. Together with the dynamic range expanded to 15 f-stops and the impressive ISO range from 50 to 100,000, the SL3 delivers remarkably detailed images in outstanding quality – in all light conditions. With phase detection (PDAF), depth mapping (Object Detection AF), and contrast recognition (Contrast Detection AF), the innovative autofocus system of the SL3 combines the strengths of three technologies to create razor-sharp pictures even in dim light. In addition, intelligent subject recognition supports the photography of dynamic scenes. Continue reading “Leica SL3 Mirrorless Full-Frame System Camera Now Available”

Best selling cameras for 2023 at MAP Camera

Here are the best-selling new cameras for 2023 at MAP Camera Japan:

  1. Nikon Z8
  2. Nikon Zf
  3. Sony α7C II
  4. Canon EOS R6 Mark II
  5. Sony α7RV
  6. Sony α7IV
  7. Fujifilm X-T5
  8. Ricoh GR IIIx
  9. Sony α6700
  10. Canon EOS R8
  11. OM System OM-1
  12. Fujifilm X-H2
  13. Fujifilm X-T30 II
  14. Ricoh GR III
  15. Nikon Z fc
  16. Fujifilm X-S10
  17. Sony ZV-E10
  18. Leica Q3
  19. Canon EOS R10
  20. Sony ZV-E1

Via MAP Camera

Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens for L-Mount Announced

Panasonic has just officially announced the smallest and lightest zoom lens for full-frame L-mount mirrorless cameras: Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens. The US price is $897.99, and it is now available for pre-order at B&HPhotoAdorama. Shipping is scheduled to start at the end of April 2024.

With an impressive zoom range and exceptional portability, the Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens serves as an ideal complement to your full-frame L-mount mirrorless camera setup. Notably, it stands out as the inaugural wide-to-tele zoom lens to join the S-series lineup, offering a broad focal length spectrum that eliminates the need for multiple lenses when capturing both portraits and landscapes.

Despite its remarkable capabilities, this lens maintains a remarkably compact and lightweight design, weighing just approximately 413g. Representing the first wide-to-tele zoom lens in our esteemed S series, it delivers not only high resolution and exceptional photographic performance but also breathtaking bokeh. Moreover, the lens facilitates close-up photography from a minimal distance of merely 3cm from the lens tip.

Enhancing its appeal further, the lens features high-speed, high-precision autofocus functionality that operates silently. Additionally, its compatibility with 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 (Image Stabilizer) technology ensures effective compensation for blurring in various shooting scenarios, empowering photographers to focus on capturing their subjects with confidence. Continue reading “Panasonic Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 MACRO O.I.S. Lens for L-Mount Announced”

Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports and 15mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens Announced, Available for Pre-Order

Sigma has just officially announced two new lenses for Sony E and Leica L mounts: Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports lens and Sigma 15mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens. Both the lenses are now available for pre-order at  B&HAdorama. Continue reading “Sigma 500mm F5.6 DG DN OS Sports and 15mm F1.4 DG DN Art Lens Announced, Available for Pre-Order”

Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 & Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 Lenses Announced

Leica officially announced the new Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 ASPH and Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 ASPH Lenses. Now the new Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens is available for pre-order at B&HAdorama.

Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 ASPH Lens: $2,495 at B&HAdorama.

Leica Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 ASPH Lens: $5,495 at B&HAdorama.

Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 Key Features

  • Full-Frame | f/2.8 to f/22
  • Fast Ultra-Wide Zoom
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Multi-Layer & Aqua-Dura Coatings
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Design
  • Fixed Metal Lens Hood

Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 Key Features

  • Full-Frame | f/2 to f/22
  • Dual Synchro Drive AF Motor
  • Fast Ultra-Wide Prime
  • Three Aspherical Elements

Press Release: Continue reading “Leica Super-Vario-Elmarit-SL 14-24mm f/2.8 & Super-APO-Summicron-SL 21mm f/2 Lenses Announced”

Sigma 10-18mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens Officially Announced

Sigma today officially announced the new 10-18mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary ultra-wide lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The US price of the Sigma 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN is $599 and will be available from October 26th. Pre-orders open at Adorama | B&H and soon Amazon.

The ultra-wide 10-18mm F2.8 DC DN Contemporary zoom lens will be available in Sony E, Fujifilm X and Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-mount, giving a 15-27mm equivalent range in full-frame terms. This lens will be perfect for travelers, vloggers, and family photographers looking for excellent image quality as well as mobility. With its f/2.8 maximum aperture and 7-blade diaphragm, pleasant bokeh and strong low-light performance is ensured. Continue reading “Sigma 10-18mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary Lens Officially Announced”

Sigma 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens Announced, Price $1,599

Sigma today has officially announced the new 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens. The Sigma 14mm F1.4 DG DN | Art will be available in L-mount and Sony E-mount.  The US price for this lens is $1,599, now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video/Adorama.

Sigma 14mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens Features

  • Lens construction: 19 elements, 15 groups (1 SLD, 3 FLD and 4 aspherical elements)
  • Inner focus system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) motor
  • Compatible with lens aberration correction*
  • Support DMF, AF+MF
  • Compatible with AF assist function (Sony E-mount only)
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Aperture Ring
  • Aperture Ring Click switch
  • Focus Mode switch
  • AFL button (customisable on some models
  • Petal-type Hood (fixed)
  • MFL (Manual Focus Lock) switch
  • Rear filter holder
  • Specially designed front cap (Filter slots, Lock mechanism)
  • Dust and Splash Resistant Structure
  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (Front element)
  • Tripod Socket (TS-141)
  • Support for switching between linear focus / non-linear focus ring settings (L-Mount only)**
  • Compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (Optional / L-Mount only)
  • Designed to minimise flare and ghosting
  • Every single lens undergoes SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measuring system
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Made in Japan craftsmanship

* Function available on supported cameras only. Available corrections may vary depending on the camera model. On cameras where aberration correction is controlled with ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to ‘ON’ (AUTO).

** Only on compatible cameras.

Hot Deal: Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F2 FE Zero-D Lens for $649

Hot Deal!!! Today, B&H launched a great deal on Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens for only $649! This is $200 cheaper than regular, available for Canon RFNikon ZSony E and Leica L mounts.

  • Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Lens–$200 Off
Key Features
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Rectilinear Design, Low Distortion
  • Frog Eye Dust & Water-Repellent Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • 5-Blade Diaphragm

Venus Optics lenses are sold at Adorama and B&H.

Leica Q3 Price, Specs, Release Date Announced

Leica has announced the Q3, price tag $59995, a full-frame compact camera with a fast Summilux lens and Triple-Resolution Technology.  Check availability at AdoramaB&HPhoto and Amazon.

Leica Q3 features a newly developed BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of either 60MP, 36MP or 18MP. The Leica Q3 uses the entire size of the sensor when shooting at each resolution, with a native sensitivity range from ISO 50 on up to 100,000.

The Triple-Resolution sensor is paired with Leica’s latest Maestro Series processor. The new Leica camera also boasts a hybrid AF system with both phase detection and contrast autofocus.

Not traditionally known for video, Leica has also given the Q3 some powerful tools for filmmakers. The camera can record C8K and 8K video at up to 30p, C4K and 4K video at up to 60p and Full HD at up to 120p. The Leica Q3 records both MP4 and MOV files and uses the h.264, h.265 and Apple ProRes codecs.

On the front of the Leica Q3 is a fast Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH fixed lens, which allows you to focus on subjects from as close as 17cm thanks to an integrated macro mode. The lens also allows users to zoom digitally to focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm. What’s more, it incorporates Leica Perspective Control and Leica Dynamic Range to finesse your images.

Other features include a tilting 3-inch, 1.843k-dot touchscreen and a 5.760k-dot EVF. In continuous shooting mode you can shoot at up to 15fps, while the Leica Q3’s electronic shutter allows for shutter speeds as fast as 1/16,000sec.

Leica Q3 Key specifications:

  • 60MP full-frame sensor
  • 28mm F1.7 Summilux stabilized lens
  • Crops to 35, 50, 70 and 90mm (39, 19, 8 and 6MP)
  • 5.76M dot OLED EVF with 0.79x magnification
  • 3″ tilt touchscreen LCD with 1.8 million dots
  • Native ISO range of 50-100,000
  • Hybrid autofocus (PDAF + contrast AF with DFD)
  • 8K video capture in UHD or DCI ratios up to 30p (H.265)
  • Apple ProRes 422HQ support for 1080p video capture up to 60p
  • AI-assisted perspective control and dynamic range tools for JPEG mode
  • IP52-rated dust and water resistant
  • USB-C and micro-HDMI ports
  • Wireless charging via optional hand grip add-on
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

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Leica Q3 Camera to be Announced on May 26, 2023

According to latest rumors, Leica will announce the new Leica Q3 on May 26th, 2023. Here are the rumored specifications of the Leica Q3.

The US price for Leica Q2 is $5,795.00, and available at B&H Photo/Adorama. The price would be higher than the Q2 unfortunately.

Here are the updated Leica Q3 camera rumored specifications: Continue reading “Leica Q3 Camera to be Announced on May 26, 2023”