LHSA -The International Leica Society

LHSA -The International Leica Society LHSA-The International Leica Society is a non-profit organization of over 2,000 members dedicated to the appreciation, use and study of LEICA photographic products, their history, and the people that have made LEICA what it is today.

A non-profit organization of over 1,000 members dedicated to the appreciation, use and study of LEICA photographic products, their history, and the people that have made LEICA what it is today. We have an annual Fall Members' Meeting and an annual Spring Photo Shoot at interesting locations around the world.

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09/27/2021
LHSA October FOW Theme

With fall officially here, we are looking to nature for inspiration — changing leaves, fewer daylight hours. In keeping with our color wheel theme, we are focusing on the color orange. Orange represents confidence, bravery, innovation, and creativity. Orange is all around us and we cannot wait to see the work you create for this theme.

Our new Fan of the Week theme for October is "Orange." It's easy to enter! Simply upload a photo featuring this theme to Instagram and include #LeicaSociety in the description. Each week, we’ll choose a favorite photograph, regram it, and feature winning pictures on our website!

You do not need to shoot with a Leica to enter this contest.

The scanning service GoPhoto has merged with ScanCafe and they do an excellent job scanning virtually any format of phot...
09/26/2021

The scanning service GoPhoto has merged with ScanCafe and they do an excellent job scanning virtually any format of photo, film, or video for reasonable prices. Dig out those family treasures and discover your past.

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The scanning service GoPhoto has merged with ScanCafe and they do an excellent job scanning virtually any format of photo, film, or video for reasonable prices. Dig out those family treasures and discover your past.

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09/24/2021
LHSA Annual Meeting - Seattle

One month until our Annual Fall Meeting taking place in Seattle!

We are looking forward to connecting with our community in-person with some truly special programming.

On Friday night, join us for the LHSA Soirée – Presented by Leica Store Bellevue and The Bellevue Collection. We will start with complimentary soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres while surrounded by all the current Leica cameras, lenses, accessories and wonderful staff. The selected images of the 2021 annual meeting photo event will have their prints on display at the Leica Store gallery!

On Saturday morning, we will take a couple of hours to explore and photograph historic Pike Place Market.

If you've already registered, let us know what you're most looking forward to!

And if you have not registered, you can do so now: bit.ly/LHSA2021AnnualMeeting

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09/23/2021
The Leica M9: First full frame digital Leica M

Announced with great fanfare in New York City on September 9, 2009, the Leica M9, claimed to be the world’s smallest full-frame system digital camera, represents a vast technological leap over the M8 of 2006 and the M8.2 of 2008. It features the following upgrades: it incorporates an effective 18MP 24 x 36mm Kodak KAF-18500 CCD sensor (up from 10.3 MP) with a built-in 0.8mm UV/IR filter that eliminates color artifacts, it captures compressed or uncompressed (RAW equivalent) DNG files, provides extensive exposure bracketing options, has a dedicated ISO button, and a one-stop improvement in noise reduction— ISO 1250 on the M9 equals ISO 640 on the M8.

One of the main reasons Leica opted for an 18 x 27mm CCD sensor in the M8/8.2 was that Leica M lenses sit much closer to the capture medium (film or sensor) than comparable SLR lenses (due to the SLR’s mirror box), so using a larger sensor would result in noticeable vignetting, especially with non-retrofocus wide-angle lenses. Leica solved the problem brilliantly by using an array of micro-lenses that are not placed directly over the photodiode but are gradually offset by successively greater amounts as you get closer to the edges of the frame. This stratagem, along with coded lens identification and some software adjustments, enabled Leica to achieve outstanding coverage and evenness of illumination across the frame, thus capturing all of the superlative imaging performance of Leica lenses on the full-frame digital format.

While the M9 wasn’t beset with the teething problems of the M8, in 2011 Leica did verify a malfunction that prevented some SanDisk SD cards from saving images and issued an effective firmware update in 2012 that also made “further improvements in SD card compatibility.” In 2010 Leica released a splendid limited-edition variant of the M9, the drop-dead gorgeous Leica M9 Titanium designed by Walter de Silva. It was supplied with a 35mmm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE lens and both body and lens were crafted of solid titanium! In 2011 Leica brought forth the concurrent model M9-P, which added a scratch-resistant sapphire LCD cover glass, a vulcanite covering, a steel gray paint option, and a Leica name logo on top in place of the iconic Leica red dot on the front. Finally, in 2012, Leica announced the Leica M-E, essentially a “price point” M9 without a manual frame line selector lever and devoid of a USB port.

The Leica M9 was eventually superseded in 2012 by the improved Leica M (Type 240) that was subsequently dubbed just plain Leica M. It incorporates a 24MP sensor and was unique among Leica M models in offering Full HD video capability. The current Leica M10 line debuted in 2017 and has appeared in 5 iterations including the superlative 40MP Leica M10-R that combines the svelte form factor of the original Leica M3 and delivers world-class still imaging performance. It all began with the Leica M9, which was and still is a great camera.

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Apply to the Leica Women Foto Project Award and Mentorship Program now: https://bit.ly/LHSAxLWFPTo further promote diver...
09/22/2021

Apply to the Leica Women Foto Project Award and Mentorship Program now: https://bit.ly/LHSAxLWFP

To further promote diversity in photography, Leica Women Foto Project expands to include an additional call for entries to the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program in partnership with VII Agency. Applicants may apply for either the Award OR the Mentor Program within the application form. The Award will grant three photographers $10,000 and Leica SL2-S camera set to help complete an in-progress, photo project that bears witness to humanity, expressed through the female point of view. Awardees will have an exhibition at Fotografiska New York to commence in 2022. The Mentor Program will grant three mentorships which include monthly 1:1 coaching sessions by a VII Photographer, exposure on VII’s site, representation by VII Agency, Leica Gallery exhibition, and a 12-month loan of a Leica Q2.
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside US. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and DC) who are 21 yrs+ at entry. Contest is NOT open to individuals who have a formal affiliation or partnership with competitors of Sponsor. Contest begins at 9:00 AM ET on August 26, 2021 and ends 11:59 PM ET on October 8, 2021. For full terms & conditions: bit.ly/LWFPTerms

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Apply to the Leica Women Foto Project Award and Mentorship Program now: https://bit.ly/LHSAxLWFP

To further promote diversity in photography, Leica Women Foto Project expands to include an additional call for entries to the Leica Women Foto Project x VII Mentor Program in partnership with VII Agency. Applicants may apply for either the Award OR the Mentor Program within the application form. The Award will grant three photographers $10,000 and Leica SL2-S camera set to help complete an in-progress, photo project that bears witness to humanity, expressed through the female point of view. Awardees will have an exhibition at Fotografiska New York to commence in 2022. The Mentor Program will grant three mentorships which include monthly 1:1 coaching sessions by a VII Photographer, exposure on VII’s site, representation by VII Agency, Leica Gallery exhibition, and a 12-month loan of a Leica Q2.
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside US. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and DC) who are 21 yrs+ at entry. Contest is NOT open to individuals who have a formal affiliation or partnership with competitors of Sponsor. Contest begins at 9:00 AM ET on August 26, 2021 and ends 11:59 PM ET on October 8, 2021. For full terms & conditions: bit.ly/LWFPTerms

📷: Ash Alexander Studio

Congratulations to our Facebook Fan of the Week, Ravi Shail! You can win, too! Our theme for September is "Blue."You do ...
09/21/2021

Congratulations to our Facebook Fan of the Week, Ravi Shail! You can win, too! Our theme for September is "Blue."

You do not need to shoot with a Leica in order to enter.

Simply upload a photo that depicts this theme as a comment to this post, upload it directly to our page, or share on Instagram using #LeicaSociety. We'll pick a new winner next week. Winners get their photos shared on our website and social media channels.

Congratulations to our Facebook Fan of the Week, Ravi Shail! You can win, too! Our theme for September is "Blue."

You do not need to shoot with a Leica in order to enter.

Simply upload a photo that depicts this theme as a comment to this post, upload it directly to our page, or share on Instagram using #LeicaSociety. We'll pick a new winner next week. Winners get their photos shared on our website and social media channels.

Rather than buy one or two large-capacity SD cards, buy several smaller capacity cards. That way if one goes bad or is l...
09/19/2021

Rather than buy one or two large-capacity SD cards, buy several smaller capacity cards. That way if one goes bad or is lost you limit the number of images you might lose.

Read this and more #LeicaSociety Tech Tips now: bit.ly/LHSATechTips

Rather than buy one or two large-capacity SD cards, buy several smaller capacity cards. That way if one goes bad or is lost you limit the number of images you might lose.

Read this and more #LeicaSociety Tech Tips now: bit.ly/LHSATechTips

LHSA Fall Conference, Leica Women Foto Project, LHSA Instagram Live and more in the latest edition of the Leica Society ...
09/17/2021
The Latest From the International Leica Society

LHSA Fall Conference, Leica Women Foto Project, LHSA Instagram Live and more in the latest edition of the Leica Society newsletter: bit.ly/LHSANewsletterSeptember16 #LeicaSociety

LHSA Fall Conference, Leica Women in Photography, LHSA Instagram Live and more!

09/16/2021
The Leica M8.2 Limited Edition Safari Outfit

The Leica M8.2 introduced in 2008 addressed many of the foibles of the original M8 of 2006, and it earned kudos from reviewers who praised its crisp imaging and vibrant color rendition. In 2009 Leica decided to gild the lily and entice Leica collectors by bringing out (what else?) a special limited edition of the M8.2 beautifully finished in “Safari” olive green paint, a color that had originally appeared on the Safari Edition of the Leica R3 in 1977. The outfit included a silver anodized 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH. lens with a matching lens hood, an olive-green Billingham bag, a natural leather neck strap, and an E39 UV filter. As Engadget snarkily quipped at the time, “Its olive drab exterior makes it looks like something you’d find slung around the neck of Ernie Pyle’s German WWII counterpart.”

These M8.2 Safari sets were slated for production in a limited run of 500 units worldwide, but the initial asking price of $10,000 evidently put a substantial crimp in projected sales. According to most Leica mavens, it’s doubtful that more than 100 or so outfits or Safari finished Leica M8.2s were ever produced. This situation makes for fascinating economics since these Safari M8.2 outfits, bodies, and lenses are obviously in very limited supply, but also not in high demand. Indeed, we couldn’t find a single Leica M8.2 Safari Outfit or body with lens currently offered for sale at the usual sources—Leica specialist dealers and online auction sites.

At $3,000-$4,000 per copy the standard-issue Leica M8.2 has held its value quite well considering that it’s a digital camera lacking a full-frame sensor and is technically outclassed not only by the current Leica M-10R but also by the M9s and other M digitals that followed. Sooo... what’s a pristine Leica M8.2 Limited Edition Safari Outfit worth today? $6-7K is not out of the question, and perhaps $5-6K for the body and lens alone. That of course assumes you can find one for sale.

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Congratulations to our Facebook Fan of the Week, Randy Harr! You can win, too! Our theme for September is "Blue."You do ...
09/14/2021

Congratulations to our Facebook Fan of the Week, Randy Harr! You can win, too! Our theme for September is "Blue."

You do not need to shoot with a Leica in order to enter.

Simply upload a photo that depicts this theme as a comment to this post, upload it directly to our page, or share on Instagram using #LeicaSociety. We'll pick a new winner next week. Winners get their photos shared on our website and social media channels.

Congratulations to our Facebook Fan of the Week, Randy Harr! You can win, too! Our theme for September is "Blue."

You do not need to shoot with a Leica in order to enter.

Simply upload a photo that depicts this theme as a comment to this post, upload it directly to our page, or share on Instagram using #LeicaSociety. We'll pick a new winner next week. Winners get their photos shared on our website and social media channels.

One of the best ways to up your game is to invest in training with experts. For less than the price of a new lens or cam...
09/12/2021

One of the best ways to up your game is to invest in training with experts. For less than the price of a new lens or camera, you’ll improve the quality of every photo you take, and maybe even those you took in the past. Leica Akademie is a great place to start, and as a member of LHSA you get a discount (USA).

Read this and more #LeicaSociety Tech Tips now: bit.ly/LHSATechTips

One of the best ways to up your game is to invest in training with experts. For less than the price of a new lens or camera, you’ll improve the quality of every photo you take, and maybe even those you took in the past. Leica Akademie is a great place to start, and as a member of LHSA you get a discount (USA).

Read this and more #LeicaSociety Tech Tips now: bit.ly/LHSATechTips

09/10/2021
LHSA Annual Meeting - Seattle Speakers

Have you signed up for our Annual Meeting and Conference taking place in Seattle on October 22-23?

If not, you can do so now: bit.ly/LHSA2021AnnualMeeting

We are honored to have such an amazing lineup of speakers joining us.

🔴 Cheriss May is a lauded portrait photographer, and adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. Her passion radiates through her aptitude to connect to the soul of those she photographs. Cheriss’ work centers on the intersectionality of race, culture, and politics — from the White House to Capitol Hill and everyday life in communities across the country.

Through her work documenting the ceremonial vote count at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Cheriss was inside during the insurrection. Although traumatic, she continued to work while barricaded in Congressman Jim Clyburn’s office with his staff. Cheriss finds strength through telling the powerful stories of people who are passionate about what they do, resilient, despite challenges.

She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and has been published in O Magazine, The White House website, NBC News, the Today Show, and other international publications.

🔴 Philip Blair is a landscape photographer based in Seattle, WA. He exhibits his work locally, does speaking and teaching engagements and creates custom artwork that carries personal message and meaning. Recent exhibits include Solitude: Snow & Ice 2017, February & March 2020 at Kenmore Camera’s gallery (Kenmore, Washington). This exhibit was first shown at Leica Store Bellevue, Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Washington) in November/December 2018. Recent teaching events include Leica Akademie USA (workshop series): Alpine Photography with Philip Blair (Mt. Rainier WA, October 2019) and The Monochrom Landscape with Philip Blair (Deception Pass WA, Jan 2019).

🔴 Sandra Eisert is the only White House picture editor to work for three previous U.S. presidents. She was the picture editor for three major newspapers, is a former National Press Photographers Association Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year, has judged World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, and Society for News Design international competitions. She has been an editor, designer, and/or strategist for well over 100 visual books and also made key contributions to Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage for Silicon Valley’s San Jose Mercury News. Sandra also designed and was one of the founders of the first real internet news website, Microsoft’s MSNBC.com, which changed the face of the internet and picture use on it.

🔴 Richard Chalfan was shown his uncle’s new M3 when he was 10 years old and was hooked, even though he wasn’t allowed to touch it! It was 25 more years before he owned his first Leica, a IIIf, but it was a start.

Richard was particularly inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s early work with a Leica A. He started shooting a model A, using ASA 25 and slower film, to explore what it would have been like to use a Leica around 1930. That led to his using almost all of the 22 models of Leicas he now owns. Richard, one of LHSA’s “ask an Expert” panelists, enjoys sharing the experiences and encourages others to do the same.

09/09/2021
The Leica M8: The least loved digital M

From at least the dawn of the new millennium Leica fans were clamoring for a digital Leica M, but it took Leica at least 6 years to deliver a camera that bore some semblance to the camera they’d envisioned. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was that the Leica M8, released with much fanfare in 2006, didn’t have a full frame image sensor. But then as now Leica had to rely on specialist electronics companies to supply their sensors, and since they already had a relationship with Kodak that supplied the sensor for the Leica Digital Modul R, they opted for an APS-H-format 10.3MP Kodak KAF-10500 CCD. It measures 18 x 27mm and has an effective focal length magnification factor of 1.33x, so a 28mm lens covers the approximate field of a 35mm lens on the M8. On the plus side, the M8 has an all-metal body fabricated of high-strength, lightweight magnesium alloy and its top and base plates are cut from solid brass billets and then finished in black or silver chrome. However, for various internal reasons, the M8 body is about 14% thicker than, say, a classic M6, measuring 1.54 inches rather than 1.32 inches front to back, a small but significant form factor difference that did not endear it to traditional Leica aficionados.

The Leica M8 was certainly an audacious first step, but it was beset with technical difficulties. Due to the sensor’s extremely high infrared (IR) sensitivity, deep black areas in the captured image appeared purple. At the time Leica addressed the issue by supplying 2 free UV/IR screw-in filters to all M8 owners on request. This foible was also exploited by a coterie of photographers that added filters to block the visible spectrum and used the M8 for infrared photography! Also, while Leica wisely omitted the anti-aliasing filter to enhance resolution this resulted in moiré patterns appearing in images of scenes with geometric patterns such as fabric, mesh, corrugated roofing, etc.

To its credit Leica offered upgrades for the Leica M8 starting in 2008, including a shutter upgrade (which made the metal-bladed vertical-travel focal plane shutter noticeably quieter but eliminated its 1/8000 sec top shutter speed), a scratch resistant sapphire glass LCD cover, and more accurate bright finder frame lines. Other notable M8 features: X-sync at 1/250 sec, TTL center weighted averaging metering, M-TTL auto flash, an inverse Galilean 0.68x finder with auto and manual frame selection and parallax-compensating projected frame lines, and a 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD. The Leica M8.2 introduced in September 2008 included all the mentioned M8 upgrades, but the black version is finished in enamel rather than black chrome. In September 2009, Leica fans finally got the M9, full frame digital M they always wanted, and the concept was further perfected in today’s magnificent 40MP Leica M10-R. Could it have happened without the M8? Probably not.

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»Los Cubanos - Searching for Cuba's soul« I’d already been to Cuba as a tourist a couple of times before when, in February 2014, I flew to Havana on a one-way ticket. It ended up being a seven years long trip. Cuba is one of the most enticing, exotic, and romantic places a photographer could hope to find. The lucky ones might spend a week or two just in Havana, while others go on day trips to the to***co farms in the Valle de Viñales or take a tour to the eastern tip of the island to visit Santiago de Cuba. My goal for this trip was to dive into the authentic, local routine of everyday life in Cuba. I stayed in Havana’s old town and, every day for months, I explored the city on foot, always with my camera in hand. I had already photographed Cuba’s clichés years ago, so this time I was on the lookout for fresh images of a different, more enigmatic Cuba. In short, I was searching for Cuba’s soul. I took each day as it came and I had no set plans. Over time, I became more alert, seeing and feeling more of what was going on around me. Each day revealed a series of stories that un- folded before my eyes. I began to notice subtle, trivial events, SEARCHING FOR CUBA’S SOUL common everyday scenes, and quiet, poetic moments alongside unexpected, quirky, and sometimes crazy episodes. Exciting scenes will often emerge in an instant. Nothing is planned and they simply happen. A story is presented to you unannounced and you never know what will happen next or how things will pan out. It’s up to the photographer to capture the critical moments and to allow the viewer’s imagination to fill in the gaps. »Los Cubanos - Searching for Cuba's soul« is a medley of stories that my LEICA camera's froze in time in a fraction of a second, and that have come back to life in this book. These images are waypoints from my journey into the soul of Cuba and I invite you to join me along the way. Photos taken with various Leica-M cameras
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