Camera News: Leica M10 Monochrome Camera Announced

Leica M10 Monochrome

Leica just announced another ultra-expensive photographic gadget, the Leica M10 Monochrome. You likely already got it: The Leica M10 Monochrome shoots only black and white images.

If you have over $8000 (!) to throw away, we are happy if you buy the new Leica toy through our links, though we recommend you get a Canon EOS R instead. If you have, pre-order the Leica M10 Monochrome for ridiculous $8,295 at our exclusive partners B&H Photo and Adorama. But then, yeah, take an EOS R instead.

Key features:

  • 40MP Full-Frame B&W CMOS Sensor
  • No Color Array or Low Pass Filter
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Optical 0.73x-Magnification Viewfinder

Leica press release:

LEICA M10 MONOCHROM: BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY ENTERS A NEW DIMENSION OF QUALITY

Leica Camera AG has taken the next step forward in its successful digital black-and-white photography concept and presents the new Leica M10 Monochrom. With a newly developed 40-megapixel black-and-white sensor, the next camera generation delivers exceptional pictures that achieve an entirely new level of quality in black-and-white photography.

The ultra-high resolution black-and-white sensor of the M10 Monochrom delivers images with natural sharpness and previously unrivalled resolution of details in all lighting conditions. At the same time, the new M10 Monochrom is the first black-and-white camera of the rangefinder system to offer an exceptionally broad sensitivity range of ISO 160 to ISO 100000. Images captured at all ISO settings impress with finely grained rendition of details and no disturbing artefacts. As is the case with all Leica M-Cameras, the new black-and-white sensor is ideally matched to all lenses of the Leica M portfolio and fully exploits their performance with regard to contrast, resolution and rendition of finest structures. Photographers can therefore rest assured that the exceptional quality of the black-and-white images they capture brings out the best of every subject.

Leica M10 Monochrome
The Leica M10 Monochrome
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Canon Patent: Canon RF 135mm f/1.4L USM Lens (EOS R System)

Canon Patent

And yet another Canon patent application for yet another RF lens.

Canon patent application discusses the optical formula for an RF 135mm f/1.4L USM for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

  • Focal length: 131.00mm
  • F-Number: 1.41
  • Half angle of view: 9.38°
  • Image height: 21.64mm
  • Total lens length:  182.28mm
  • BF: 13.87mm

We think this Canon patent application has a good chance to hit the market. In other words: we might see such a lens sooner or later.

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Source: Canon News

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Deal – $449 (reg. $749)

Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8 Deal

B&H Photo has a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 deal (Canon mount).

Get the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 at $499. Compare at $749. Free shipping.

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 deal key features and description:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Two Aspherical and Four HRI Elements

All hand-picked deals are listed here.

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Venus Optics Set To Announce an “Argus f/0.95” Lens For DSLRs and MILCs

Argus F/0.95

Venus Optics will release a very very fast lens in 2020, a lens named “Argus” and with f/0.95.

That’s what Mirrorless Rumors is reporting. The Argus f/0.95 was talked about by Venus Optics during a presentation in China. The lens will be available for DSLR and mirrorless mounts.

The next intel we want to gather is focal length, and the price. Stay tuned.

Canon EOS RP Review: Sensor DxOMarked, Behind The Competition

Canon Eos Rp Review

DxOMark lab-tested and posted a Canon EOS RP Review. The EOS 6D Mark II heritage does reflect on the score.

The Canon EOS RP sensor scored 85 points, and is clearly behind he competition, as you can see in the image below.

canon eos rp review
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In their conclusion they write:

As the first and only entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera currently available, the Canon EOS RP provides an easier entry into the full-frame mirrorless market than the EOS R from a pricing point of view. However, it might be too much to expect the RP sensor to match the current leading-edge sensor performance in the considerably more expensive mid-range mirrorless models. At the moment, those wanting better sensor performance from a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera, particularly with regard to dynamic range, will have to spend considerably more on the Canon EOS R.

This said, noise levels and color accuracy are very good and not that far behind the sensors in the Nikon Z 6 and Sony A7 III. These traits, combined with its inherent portability and generally good mix of features and ergonomics, make the RP an attractive option for travel, street, and yes, even landscape photographers.

Read the lab-test of Canon EOS RP sensor at DxOMark.com

More Canon EOS RP review stuff is listed here.

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Canon Patent: RF 24-100mm f/2.8 & RF 24-85mm f/2.8 Lenses For The EOS R System

Canon Patent

Here is very interesting Canon patent application (2020-8773A, Japan) for two zoom lenses for the EOS R full frame mirrorless camera system. Might be a patent application that hits the market sooner or later.

The lenses described in the patent application appear to be for the RF lens mount, i.e. for the Canon EOS. Optical formulas for an RF 24-100mm f/2.8 and an RF 24-85mm f/2.8 lens are discussed in the patent application.

Embodiment 1: 24-85mm f/2.8

  • Focal length: 24.70 50.00 85.00 mm
  • F number; 2.90 2.90 2.90
  • Half angle of view: 41.22 23.40 14.28
  • Image height: 21.64 21.64 21.64 mm
  • Lens length; 153.30 173.51 198.31 mm
  • Back focus: 12.00 26.12 43.44 mm

Embodiment 2: 24-100mm f/2.8

  • Focal length: 24.70 50.00 101.85 mm
  • F number: 2.91 2.91 2.91
  • Half angle of view: 41.22 23.40 11.99
  • Image height: 21.64 21.64 21.64 mm
  • Lens length: 158.52 176.33 218.42 mm
  • Back focus: 10.00 26.38 43.15 mm

More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

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