Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A MODERN RENAISSANCE OF THE CLASSIC LENS – THE LEICA THAMBAR-M 1:2.2/90



LEICA CAMERA AG PRESENTS: 
A legend reborn: following the Leica Summaron-M 1:5.6/28, Leica Camera AG has further expanded its lens portfolio with the Thambar-M 1:2.2/90, the modern renaissance of another classic lens. Just like its namesake from 1935, the contemporary incarnation of the lens is distinguished by its characteristic soft-focus effect and unmistakable bokeh. Its focal length of 90 mm is suitable for photography in a multitude of scenarios and is as good as predestined for capturing portraits with a uniquely aesthetic atmosphere that cannot be reproduced in digital postprocessing. The new Thambar-M is thus an exciting addition to the existing Leica M lens portfolio and brings photographers entirely new possibilities for creative composition.
The optical design of its ancestor remains almost unchanged in the new Thambar-M 1:2.2/90. It has therefore also inherited the characteristic properties of its predecessor. The only difference is that the four elements in three groups that make up the design have now been single-coated to protect the glass against environmental influences and surface corrosion. The 20 blades of its iris deliver a unique bokeh with perfectly round rendition of point light sources.
The soft look of the Thambar is the result of intentionally accepted under-correction of spherical aberration. This under-correction increases towards the edges of the optical system with the consequence that not only the depth of focus, but also the degree of softening can be precisely controlled by means of the stepless aperture setting. The effect is more pronounced as apertures increase, and is continually reduced as the lens is stopped down to smaller apertures.
The design of the original lens has been almost completely preserved in today’s Thambar-M 1:2.2/90. The black paint finish, the proportions of the lens and its aperture engravings in red and white correspond to the appearance of the original. In addition to this, slight modifications have been made that bring the lens into line with the current, minimalist design of modern M-Lenses. These include the knurling, the lettering and scales and the specific use of sharp edges and bevelling that underline the precision of the lens design.
‘The name Thambar has always been preceded by the adjective ‘legendary’ – rightly so. It portrays people with a wonderful aura, in a romantic way – but landscapes too are raised to a higher, incomparably aesthetic plane. The addition of a new incarnation of this classic lens to our selection of vintage lenses was one of our greatest wishes – to my great delight, this wish has now been fulfilled.’ emphasises Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG.
As is the case with all Leica lenses, the Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 is also manufactured in strict compliance with the most stringent quality criteria. The use of only the best materials in its construction guarantee the familiar long working life of all Leica lenses. As was the case with the original lens, the lens hood, the ring of the centre-spot filter and both front and rear lens caps are made of metal. Even smallest details, like the felt lining of the lens hood and the front cap, contribute to the exceptional perceived quality of this lens. The design of the rigid lens keeper in ‘Vintage Brown’ leather is identical to that of the original from 80 years ago in almost every respect and, as in the past, the centre-spot filter can be safely and conveniently stowed away in its lid.
The Leica Thambar-M 1:2.2/90 will be on sale from mid-November 2017.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW HUAWEI / LEICA “MATE 10” SMARTPHONE






The daily Wetzlar newspapaer, [m]ittelhessen, reports about the new “Mate 10” smartphone with a dual lens Leica camera.  It is made of high-quality metal and glass, water and dust resistant and features a 6 inch Amoled display. Two Leica cameras on the back are equipped with extensive software, which should allow recordings as by a professional photographer.

Huawei wants to prove themselves as an innovation leader with this new flagship product.  They hope to advance to the second place in the international bestseller lists.
The high-tech device will be launched in Germany in late November. The heart of the unit, a new "Kirin 970" chipset, is designed to give the smartphone artificial intelligence. It is the first system worldwide with a computing unit for neural networks. This smartphone will work in many respects similar to a human brain.  With the “Kirin 970” it will be possible to translate languages in real time and to analyze image contents without increasing the use of battery power.

Huawei states:

"With the new Leica Dual Lens with f/1.6 aperture, you can easily take beautiful shallow depth of field pictures, crystal clear low-light photographs and blur-free shots of objects on the move. The 20MP monochrome sensor and 12MP RGB sensor with Optical Image Stabilization captures more light to perform at an expert standard.

With intelligent photographic algorithms, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro identifies, in real-time, different types of scene and object, automatically adjusting color, contrast, brightness, exposure and more to produce vibrant, sharp, perfectly framed photographs.

Powered by AI to ‘learn’ from our data cache of portrait images, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro can seamlessly evoke a professional bokeh effect by shifting the focal point onto the subject of the photograph, for picture-perfect portraits and selfies."


Huawei will also offer a version of the "Mate 10" designed by Porsche.

The cosrt of the phone is estimated to be 800 euros with the Porsche version being noticeably more expensive.


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