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Greetings Folks, Thought to share a bit of fun; a video portrait. This was shot with just the bare M 240 (no rig, supports etc) and a 1959 Leitz 50mm Summilux: Maya Coffee Break - Leica M (Type 240) Video Portrait | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Perhaps it will inspire a few to try the video mode? Short and fun clips with simple editing. Cheers, Edmond
Greetings Folks, Delighted to share that my first ever short film with the M 240 is a finalist in the UK Picture Editor's Awards: Finalist In The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards | Photo This & That This is a very high profile and competitive competition and to be shortlisted is indeed an honour. Regards, Edmond
To Steve and all the rest on Leica Forum: Steve, what do you think? You mentioned that you went the the Cannes film festival with some form of movie if I remember correctly. So could a person adapt the old Leica-M lenses and make a film using the SL2-S? I don't care about super fast & easy professional lens and body use myself, only wondering if with a little extra effort could it be reasonably done? I have to convince my cinematographer friend to do this so any comment you have will interest me. Generally, myself, as someone who went to film school years ago, I am one of Leica's potential SL2-S purchasers. Their approach, to issue new lenses that have something different from their old lenses, is an artist's approach, and I love that. The high lens prices have knocked me out of the new ASPH lenses, which is ok, since as all makers products approach perfect like the ASPH lenses do, they all produce pictures looking more the same and loose their differentiation. Leica seems to be making a viable independent filmmaker camera in the SL2-S since it has so many of the needed features. Some comments on the needed features below: Auto focus is secondary in movie making, since it is usually done by hand, so the discount there is not a problem. Lens focus adjustment, marked on the lens barrel to exact distances, is one of the biggest differences between professional and home-user lenses. Yet with a monitor attached and some tape to mark the lens focus positions, possibly focus can still be done by hand as I did in film school using 16mm equipment. The differences from professional to amateur could also be called a camera support issue: tripod use (professional) verses walk around use (amateur) affects so many features like the movable screen articulation need and remote focus or auto focus adjustments. Of course today more professionals walk with the camera then in the past (SteadiCam was the old way - replaced by today's internal camera stabilization systems), but I would say that the video they make is rather cheesy not as professional looking, and that that poor video work has become acceptable do to the existence of youtube and selfies being so ubiquitous (found everywhere). Amateur is not a bad word. It comes from the Latin "amator" meaning "lover of" something. Those that love an avocation like photography may outdo those doing the same for daily work who are stuck with producing professional standards that may be boring. France produced the "French New Wave" movie makers in the 1960's, who used 16mm equipment and also the new lighter Arri 35mm cameras, leaving behind the enormous Mitchel studio cameras that the USA film companies used. Also, just look at the photos on this site and others where I see many stunning shots that seldom occur in the commercial world which is aimed mostly at selling something or copying someone else's work. Anyway, my professional Los Angles based cinematographer friend, says yes the new mirrorless cameras produce a good enough file for professional filmmaking and he only has qualms (concerns) about the work methods needed to hit focus and generally have a fluid effective efficient working environment. Comments please!
Has anyone ever seen the Leitz G1 movie projector? I have Leitz brochures that show it was available from around 1953 to 1959. I wonder if Leitz made it, or contracted it out to someone else. This was the smaller of two projectors, the H1 model was for large theaters. I have tried to attach a photo of the G1. Thanks Leitz 16mm movie Projector.pdf