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Leica Ultravid 7x42 HD+ Review by Ian

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 10:53:02 Europe/London

Leica Ultravid 7x42 HD+ Binoculars

The 7x42 specification in binoculars is one that is often overlooked, mainly in favour of the 8x42 models but the 7x magnification does offer benefits so as one of the latest additions to Leica’s binocular line up I decided to give them a try.

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Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Swarovision Review by Mark

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 14:04:39 Europe/London

Swarovski 8.5x42 EL SV Swarovision

In 1999 Swarovski introduced the EL range of binoculars, the open bridge design was unique at the time and many manufacturers have now copied this...

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Panasonic Lumix LX100 Review by Ian

Monday, 15 December 2014 17:33:36 Europe/London

I’ve long been a fan of the Panasonic LX series with their compact size, fast apertures & super lens quality so I had high hopes for the LX100.

The previous models have had an advantage over lower range compacts having slightly larger image sensors, the New LX100 has a four thirds sensor housed in a body only a little larger than the previous model- the LX7. The larger sensor allows for better image detail, a wider ISO range & less noise at the higher sensitivities.

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Leica T (typ.701) Interchangeable Lens Camera Review by Ben

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 15:44:39 Europe/London

When Leica announced the Leica T (Typ. 701) in April/May I was mostly sceptical, but also a little intrigued. I had to look twice at its specifications, especially concerning its 3.7” touch screen. At first glance it seemed extremely ‘un-Leica-ish’ but after holding one, many aspects that are suitably Leica shone through, such as its solid aluminium casing that’s been hand polished for 45 minutes. I have to give the German camera manufacturer credit for being so bold to even think of designing this camera in the first place. The T is an amalgamation of traditional Leica aesthetic and modern ‘smart-phone’ usability. Its 16 Million pixel APS-C sized sensor gives outstanding resolution across a wide range of conditions and it’s a treat to view them on the 1.3 million dot 3.7” LCD screen. With a dedicated movie record button, (one of the few buttons it has) capturing HD quality video is frighteningly simple.

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Leica M (typ.240) Digital Rangefinder Camera Review by Ian

Friday, 3 October 2014 16:41:12 Europe/London

The first thing that strikes you when you pick up an M 240 is a reassuring feel of build quality, the inclusion of a thumb grip means the cameras solid construction sits well in the hand and balances perfectly.

If you are moving from an SLR system the rangefinder focus might at first glance seem a bit alien, but after a short time it becomes second nature.  The finder displays two frames at one time dependant on which lens is fitted, 28 & 90mm, 35 & 135mm and 50 & 75mm. Unlike its predecessor the M9 the M240 does not have a frame selector lever but if you’re lucky enough to have a bag full of lenses it’s not long before you have a feel for which lens will suit the job.

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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Bridge Camera Review by Ian

Friday, 3 October 2014 13:08:32 Europe/London

The first thing that you will notice about the new FZ1000 is that it is notably larger & heavier than your average bridge camera, but then this is most definitely not just your average bridge camera.

In design the camera is similar to a D-SLR with a large handgrip which even after hours of use allowed for balanced, comfortable use. The top control dials are quite chunky & feel positive in operation, in common with cameras of this design there are separate release buttons for stills & video although when switched to manual video mode from the main control dial either button has the same function. Zoom function can be operated either from a rocker switch forward of the shutter release button or from the large control ring around the lens assembly, this ring can also be used for manual focus....

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