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Will McBride, Leica Shooter, Dies at 84

Will McBride rose to fame in the 1950s and ’60s as a documentary photographer, usually favoring a Leica. His work appeared regularly in various German magazines and included sex, nudity, drugs and politics so prevalent at the time. A native of St. Louis, Missouri (born in 1931), he grew up in Chicago. A private student of the legendary artist Norman Rockwell, he studied painting, art history and illustration at Syracuse University in New York and philology (the study of language in written historical sources) in Berlin. He was in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed in Würzburg, Germany - and would remain in Germany until his death... Yesterday he passed away in Berlin - a city he loved.

Films ran through my Leica like wine down my throat.

Will McBride

Lumu Sponsors Ansel Adams Contest

Lumu, the folks behind the Lumu Light Meter (which we reviewed - see link), are hosting "The Ansel Adams Contest." The prize is the fantastic Ansel Adams at 100 book. The contest requires the submission of one (or more) black and white images of nature in the spirit of Ansel Adams, and runs from January 28 to February 11, 2015. The entries will be judged by Peter Essick, who has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic magazine for 25 years. He is a World Press Photo Award winner and his photographs have featured in Time Magazine’s Great Images of the 20th Century and in the 100 Best Photographs of National Geographic. Read more below for video!

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Essence of Earhart

Today we are pleased to present the second of several upcoming guest posts by John Tuckey (the first was "Into the Shadows" if you missed it). If you're not aware, John Tuckey has, in a few short years, built a reputation for high quality monochrome images with a distinctive look heavily influenced by the golden era of Hollywood portraiture. You can read more about John, his work and workshops on his website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Read more below for the article!

New Leica M-E and Summarit Set

Leica has announced a special new set which provides an "affordable" entry into the world of Leica M photography. The set consists of the Leica M-E camera, and both the Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 and Summarit-M 75mm f/2.5 lenses. Purchasing these items individually would cost $8,895 USD ($8,395 USD until March 31, 2015 when Leica’s promotion on M ($750) and lenses ($250) ends). This set is available for $6,500 USD, a savings of $2,395 USD!

Leica Camera AG Reorganizes Sales Units

Because of Leica Camera AG's growth, despite general industry trends, they will be reorganizing their sales units. To further increase the efficiency and create potential for additional growth, Sales and Retail operations in the future will be separate organizational structures. Effective immediately, the Global Sales Director will be Steffen Keil (47). At the head of the German subsidiary will be Falk Friedrich (41). Tim Pullman (43) will assume the newly created position of Head of Retail Stores - Leica Germany and Austria. He will be responsible for the Leica Stores in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Vienna and Wetzlar. Read more below for press release.

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Walter Strap Stedi Announced

Our friend Walter Pretorius of Walter Leica wrote to tell us about his latest creation - the Walter Strap Stedi! It is an evolution of the M-Stedi, which it replaces. It is available immediately for $135 USD (shipping included) - by sending him an email. Read more below for details and video!

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