Leica Sighting | Closer

Posted: January 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, Leica

Julia Roberts shooting Natalie Portman with a chrome Leica M6 TTL and 50mm Summicron; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Natalie Portman with a chrome Leica M6 TTL and 50mm Summicron; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Natalie Portman with a chrome Leica M6 TTL and 50mm Summicron; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Natalie Portman with a chrome Leica M6 TTL and 50mm Summicron; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Jude Law with a Hasselblad; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Jude Law with a Hasselblad; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Jude Law with a Hasselblad; from the movie Closer (2004)

Julia Roberts shooting Jude Law with a Hasselblad; from the movie Closer (2004)


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Long Beach | Leica Nerd Meet Up

Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Leica, Los Angeles

Met up with the great Ben Clark and Ray Barbee in Long Beach last week for some falafel and Leica Nerding.

Music, food, friends and Leicas. It gets better than this, I’m sure, but yeah, it was a pretty good day.

Leica M6, Leica M7, Leica MP in Long Beach, CA; iPhone Instagram

Leica M6, Leica M7, Leica MP in Long Beach, CA; iPhone Instagram


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Montgomery, Alabama | Oak Avenue

Posted: August 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

I was driving along the Selma to Montgomery route of the historic Civil Rights march in 1966. Met this gentlemen who had a soda vending machine on his porch. Talked to him for a while when the local neighborhood muscle / patriarch came by and gave me a choice: Leave or I’ll bust your camera and bust your face.

Good times.

I left.

Oak Ave, Montgomery, Alabama © Doug Kim

Oak Ave, Montgomery, Alabama © Doug Kim


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Leica | M Body Viewfinder Framelines

Posted: April 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Leica

An invaluable image I refer to all the time, this guide displays the framelines for different focal length lenses for rangefinder Leica M6 cameras with 0.58x, 0.72x and 0.85x viewfinder magnifications.

Leica M body framelines for 0.58X, 0.72X AND 0.85 viewfinders

Leica M body framelines for 0.58X, 0.72X AND 0.85 viewfinders


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Leica Sighting | S1m0ne

Posted: January 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, Leica

Pruitt Taylor Vince  and Jason Schwartzman with a Leica M6 and what appears to be a 28mm Elmarit, S1m0ne, 2002

Pruitt Taylor Vince and Jason Schwartzman with a Leica M6 and what appears to be a 28mm Elmarit, S1m0ne, 2002

Pruitt Taylor Vince  and Jason Schwartzman with a Leica M6 and what appears to be a 28mm Elmarit, S1m0ne, 2002

Pruitt Taylor Vince and Jason Schwartzman with a Leica M6 and what appears to be a 28mm Elmarit, S1m0ne, 2002


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Leica | Limited Edition M Series Bodies

Posted: February 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Leica, Photography

With the recent release of the gorgeous Hermés Limited Edition M7, I thought I’d post just a few of the special M series bodies that Leica has put out over the years. Some are just too slick for words, others are just silly gimmicks. These cameras definitely fall into the collector’s realm to be placed on a shelf behind glass under its own lighting.

There are many limited edition Leicas that are only differentiated by engravings on the top plate or an upgrade in the materials used for the custom hardware. They even produced a one-off M8 specifically made for Woody Allen.

For all the silliness involved in these special Leicas, put one of them in my hand and then ask me if I want it or not.

Here are a few notable limited edition M bodies:

M7 limited Edition Hermès

Available in a silver chrome finish and a choice of either orange or toupe calfskin leather. Includes a 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux, a matching classic round lens hood, a LEICAVIT M rapid winder and a leather carrying strap. Comes packaged in a linen-covered, silk-lined box.

Only 100 of each color have been produced and the current price is $12,950.

If you do purchase one, please purchase another for my friend Amanda and you will have her eternal gratitude. Then, she will leave the camera in her car when she goes shopping at Corte Madera.

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

All-White Leica M8

This is a standard M8 though the lens is a silver finished Elmarit 28mm f2.8 ASPH. At the time of release, price may have been $9,000 but it is available at $7,000 if you can find it. 275 units were made.

This one is my favorite.

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Leica M8 White Edition

Armin Morbach and the Leica M8 White Edition

Leica Safari M8.2

500 of these M8.2s were released at a price of $10,000. Featuring a matte green vulcanite finish body combined with brushed silver accents and a saddle leather strap, the camera also comes with a 28mm F2.8 lens and a matching canvas and leather camera bag.

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica MP 0.72X LHSA 1968~2003 in Grey Hammertone Finish

Commemorating the 35th anniversary of LHSA, this MP was also paired with a 35mm Summicron ASPH with a matching hammertone lens hood.

LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

Top Plate of the LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

Top Plate of the LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24ct Gold Edition

At one point, this camera was famously featured on eBay for a price of $21,525. It comes paired with a gold-plated 50mm Summilux.

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

The top plate of this LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition

The top plate of this LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negara Brunei Darussalam Platinum Edition

I would love to see some of the Sultan’s photos though I am sure that he just pays someone to take photos for him.

150 units were made for this edition, paired with a platinum-plated 50mm Summilux and a brilliance-cut diamond in the top plate. His Majesty’s price? $93,499.

LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition, 1995

LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition, 1995

The top plate of the LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition

The top plate of the LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition

You know, without a doubt, that I would still drop this thing on any sidewalk.


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