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30 Mar 2012
This new Edition includes Leica Cameras and Lenses introduced since the last one, the 7th Edition published in 2002, and incorporates all the information from its predecessors. Again, for the sake of completeness, a brief coverage of the Compact Cameras produced by other manufacturers on behalf of Leica is included. It should be noted that in many cases these do have design input especially with respect to lenses.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hove Collector Books; Eighth Edition edition (30 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874707006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874707004
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 11.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Bower is a well-known photographic author.

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If this is your first book on Leica equipment, then it is a good starting point. I say starting point, as it is primarily concerned with camera bodies and lenses; if you wish for information on the full range of equipment comprising the complete Leica system, you will need to look elsewhere. There is no mention of the range of darkroom equipment or close up copying devices such as the Visoflex etc, nor the vast range of accessories. This is not to negate the value of the book, but to merely point out to first time buyers that it is not a complete compendium of Leica gear.

The book itself opens with, and covers, all cameras and model variations right up to just before Leica announced the monochrome only M9-P, and ends with all the digital compacts up to the X-1, again the X-2 being announced subsequent to publication. So, at the time of writing, it is the most complete record of every camera body and lens produced.

Items are listed along a time line, with the screw bodied cameras first, then the M models followed by the R, and finally, the digital models.

Lenses are categorised into field of view, starting with the wide angles and moving towards the telephoto models, so it is fairly easy to locate a specific lens one may be interested in.

The book is printed on quality gloss paper which allows for high quality images and whilst it is true each lens gets its MTF curve, this would not be very helpful if one didn't know how to read and interpret the graphs. Fortunately an explanation is provided, but one needs to turn to the section commencing on page 110, Introduction to Lenses, to find it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mine of infirmation 21 April 2012
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Very comprehenive review of Leica cameras and lenses from their beginning to the present day. Particularly useful if you don't have the larger Leica Collectors Guide. You need good eyesight though because the print is very small. Buy the 8th edition now available new; March 2012. [ the first edition was in 1980]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 25 Jun 2014
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A useful pocket guide. A summary of Leica's production, but very little in the way of critique. No more than a catalogue, but no bad thing for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. 5 Mar 2014
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Very helpful and informative for those who use Leica lenses seriously. It should help maximise the quality of the pictures taken with these lenses.
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