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Leica launches instant camera Instant cameras aren’t just the

the Sofort 2 and then printed out. Camera accessories also available include wrist straps, carrying straps and bags. Sales of the black, white or red cameras were due to begin early November via all Leica stores and authorised dealers, at a suggested price of £350. At the other end of the scale is Leica’s latest premium camera, the M11-P, which is available in black or silver. With a price tag of £8000, this model seeks to combat the perceived threat to photographers of wholly AI-generated imagery by being the world’s first camera to attach Content Credentials to images at the point of capture, to protect the authenticity of digital images. As with other cameras in Leica’s P series, the M11-P deliberately omits the signature red Leica dot on the front of the camera to allow for discreet photography.

Those looking to bask in the glow of owning a Leica haven’t been forgotten, as instead it’s opted to engrave Leica lettering on the top- plate. Core features of the camera include a 60-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Leica’s ‘triple resolution’ tech, high-performance Maestro III processor, 256GB internal memory, plus sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflective protective coating on the LCD screen. Launched alongside this camera is the next generation of the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH lens, described as a state-of-the-art, versatile wide-angle lens with an improved and ergonomic design. The lens hood has been given a modern, round design and is directly integrated with the optic, which is said to make it especially easy to screw in or unscrew. Retail price for the premium lens is £4400.

terrain of Fujifilm, Kodak or original stalwart Polaroid. Undoubtedly, the most affordable Leica camera we can buy has been unveiled by the brand in the new Sofort 2 instant print camera. Available in three colours, this is a hybrid analogue and digital device. So, unlike a more basic instant print camera, users can shoot images digitally and decide on the best ones before printing them. This process is undertaken through a manually operated printing lever on the camera. Compatibility is offered with Fujifilm’s Instax Mini photo paper. Downloading the Leica Fotos app enables images which have been taken with a smartphone or another Leica camera to be transferred to INSTANT IMAGES The camera makes both analogue and digital images, so users can choose what to print

A pair of lookers from Sigma Third-party lens manufacturer Sigma has unveiled a pair of new zoom lenses worth looking into in the Sigma 10-18mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary series and 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports (above). The former is described as the world’s smallest and lightest ultra wide- angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras. Available for Fujifilm X Mount, L-Mount and Sony E-mount, it covers a focal range of 15-27mm in 35mm equivalent terms and features a newly developed push-on petal-type lens hood. The 10-18mm went on sale at the end of October for £599.99. The 70-200mm will go on sale from 7 December for £1499.99. Designed for full-frame cameras with a Sony E or L-Mount, it features an optical stabiliser which provides a benefit of up to 7.5 stops, weather sealing, a focus limiter and a de-clickable aperture ring. Its fast autofocusing, courtesy of dual High- response Linear Actuator (HLA) motors, make the lens well suited for sports, wildife, weddings and live events.

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