Leica Camera AG has announced the release of a Special Edition of the Leica T to commemorate the victory of the German team in the World Cup 2014. The Special Edition Leica T will feature an engraving of the World Cup trophy on the polished aluminum chassis, together with a leather case that must be regularly maintained with a can of Brazilian wax that comes with the limited edition set. Only 7 sets will be available worldwide, in reference to the stunning match results against Brazil. The Leica distributor in Brazil has indicated they will not be bringing in the Special Edition Leica T.

Leica Camera AG has announced the release of a Special Edition of the Leica T to commemorate the victory of the German team in the World Cup 2014. The Special Edition Leica T will feature an engraving of the World Cup trophy on the polished aluminum chassis, together with a leather case that must be regularly maintained with a can of Brazilian wax that comes with the limited edition set. Only 7 sets will be available worldwide, in reference to the stunning match results against Brazil. The Leica distributor in Brazil has indicated they will not be bringing in the Special Edition Leica T.

"Own Worlds" © Nelson TanScenes like this are very common in Singapore, where the maids are tasked to take the elderly out for a breath of fresh air. While the elderly gaze at the fast changing world around them, the maids are busy chatting among themselves or checking their phones for messages or Facebook posts.

"Own Worlds" © Nelson Tan
Scenes like this are very common in Singapore, where the maids are tasked to take the elderly out for a breath of fresh air. While the elderly gaze at the fast changing world around them, the maids are busy chatting among themselves or checking their phones for messages or Facebook posts.

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"Hello!" the image seems to say. I was shooting in the harsh afternoon light when I saw the subject approaching, and I knew the contrast would play well with the stark stripes of the road markings. Her arms swung up the moment just before her shadow stepped out of the fame, and I snapped instinctively before she walked out of my life forever.

"Hello!" the image seems to say. I was shooting in the harsh afternoon light when I saw the subject approaching, and I knew the contrast would play well with the stark stripes of the road markings. Her arms swung up the moment just before her shadow stepped out of the fame, and I snapped instinctively before she walked out of my life forever.

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Review: Leica X Vario slays the nay-sayers

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How should I describe the Leica X Vario? It was as if Leica engineers met at the cafeteria and decided Fuji wasn’t kicking their ass hard enough with the X100/X100s. “Hey, let’s challenge the Fuji XE-1 with a new camera. We will up the ante this time… let’s be double the price of Fuji, AND we will not have interchangeable lens!” Guffaws exploded across the cafeteria as the engineers outlined more specifications to make life living hell for the Leica sales team.

 

And then the engineers invited the Leica marketing folks to join in the fun. The head of marketing exclaimed, “Let’s do a teaser for the camera and call it a ‘Mini M’. Imagine the look on the consumers face when they try to change the lens on the new camera!” The laughter was so loud that the Fuji folks heard it halfway across the globe and wondered what Leica was up to.

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Review: Canon 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4

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If camera manufacturers were high-school boys, building super telephoto zooms would be their equivalent of a pissing contest to see who can shoot the farthest or most accurately. Sports photographers would arrive at the stadium packing the biggest lens to win bragging rights, acting like Arnold Schwarzeneggerslinging his Gatling gun in Terminator. But Canon’s super telephoto zoom – the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM is getting so long in the tooth, it’s time to say, “hasta la vista, baby”.

 

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Portraits of the Animal Kingdom

For the “Portraits of the Animal Kingdom” series, I wanted to capture photographs of animals with the same techniques that we normally use for people portraiture, such as shallow depth of field, high contrast lighting, foreground blur, side profile poses and painterly background. I hope to capture the essence of the animal kingdom just like we photograph the human soul in a portrait.

Here are some of the animal portraits I captured for this project…

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Street photography: crop or crap?

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Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride.

The last time I checked, cropping is not included in the list of the seven deadly sins. So why do photographers have this compulsive aversion to cropping their photos? Some say that shooting loosely and cropping in post-processing are signs of sloppy technique and a lack of discipline. And that cropping wastes precious real estate of film or digital pixels, degrading the quality of the final image.

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8 reasons why photographers still love film

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When I started photography, digital was nowhere in sight. Around the turn of the century, digital cameras  appeared and film was left for dead in less than a decade, shocking considering that film was dominant for eighty years.

Today, the dwindling demand for film has killed off many emulsions, leaving the selection of film stock limited and ever shrinking. However, there is a small renaissance of film by photography enthusiasts who appreciate the experience of shooting with film.

Digital offers a lot of advantages for the photographer, and like most I do shoot digital on many occasions and assignments. However in my spare time and capacity, I enjoy shooting film for my own pleasure, and here are some reasons why film continue to appeal to me…

 

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The best camera commercial in the world

I watched dumbfounded for 90 seconds, and I watched it over and over again. Five minutes later, I decided to sell my kidney to buy a Leica M8.

You see, I drank the Leica Koolaid – not just a cup, but an entire barrel of it.

It was 2008, and Leica just launched its revolutionary Digital M-series with the M8. It was as sacrilegious to the Leica Luddites as Buddy Jesus is to the Pope, so Leica wisely decided to take a preemptive strike by positioning the new Leica M8 as a evolution instead of a revolution. And oh boy did they get it right!

As a photographer and a marketing communication director, I must give Leica and their agency a standing ovation. Seldom have I seen such a brilliant and complete execution of a product brief. The treatment was sensitive, the mood was inspirational (great soundtrack!) and most importantly, the message was complete. And here’s why the commercial is so great…

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