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Leica Lens Compendium by Thorsten von Overgaard
07th November 2017
Leica Lens Compendium by Thorsten von Overgaard
"Complete guide to Leica lenses, serial numbers, production years, etc"


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New Members Log In Page
31st October 2017
New Members Log In Page
I am working on setting up a Members Log In Page that will enable Members to read and download all the Society's Newsletters / Magazines in PDF format.
This page is under construction so will not be available to Members at present.
David
A Tale of Two Leicas by William Fagan
30th October 2017
A Tale of Two Leicas: Oldest of times, newest of times
by William Fagan
The camera shown is a very early Leica I Model A from 1926 with a four-digit serial number. It has the earliest version of the famous Elmar lens, which, apart from the name, looks almost identical to the previous Elmax lens.

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Going to Chicago, missing New Orleans, avoiding some hurricanes by William Fagan
25th October 2017
Last year I joined the Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA), now also known as The International Leica Society. I have had three articles published in the Society’s magazine, Viewfinder, based upon articles originally published on Macfilos. I decided earlier this year to attend the LHSA’s annual meeting in Chicago, on October 6-7, with my wife Laura. After I had booked for the event I was asked to present my images from Greece and Syria which were previously published in Macfilos here and here which I was delighted to do.

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Thorsten von Overgaard short documentary “A Life with Leica”:- 
13th October 2017
This link will allow you to watch Thorstens’ short documentary “A Life with Leica”:- 
Click here to see 'A Life with Leica'
43rd Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography
05th October 2017
43rd Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography

The Exhibition of Prints and Projected Digital Images will be held at the
UK FIAP EXHIBITION CENTRE
SMETHWICK PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
The Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2AS, UK
06 to 14 January 2018

The Exhibition consists of
SIX (6) sections with up to FOUR (4) entries allowed in each section.
43rd International Exhibition of Photography
THE EXHIBITION HAS THE FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL PATRONAGES
FIAP: 2017-407.  PSA: 2017-325.  GPU: L1170108.  RPS: 2017-39.   PAGB: 33-2017
The UK’s Largest International Print & Projected Digital Image Exhibition
All displayed at one venue, with visitors from all over the UK.

ONLY 30 DAYS TO CLOSING DATE
Three Print Sections – Open Colour, Open Mono & Nature
Prints can be forwarded to Southampton International
Three Projected Image Sections – Open Colour, Open Monochrome & Nature
Over 180 Medals and Ribbons to be won
Plus FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant
Low entry Fees
Only pay for each section entered
***** 84 Page A4 Colour Catalogue to each entrant
Closing date 3rd November 2017
On-line entry system
www.SmethwickInternational.com

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Not Leica but you might like it!!!!
05th October 2017
Not Leica but you might like it!!!!

CANON & PAGB MAGAZINE
Canon have been working closely with PAGB over the last year to engage with Federations and Camera Clubs with offers and insights into Canon products and to support members' passion for photography and print.

The want to trial a magazine sent direct to Camera Clubs with information about our partnership and a range of exciting and exclusive offers; these include prize draws for a EOS 5D Mark IV and the XEED WUX500 Projector (as used by PAGB) and until the end of October promotional discounts across a range of cameras, lenses and merchandise items.

They have sent us a batch of magazines for each club which I have just posted on to you.  They are just as they were sent to me.

These leaflets are in white bubble bag envelopes, 11in  (28cms)  wide  and 13in (33cms)  long and about 1 inch  thick, and may not go through the letterbox.
Each bag weighs about 1400 grams
I apologise for any inconvenience that may arise if you have to go and collect them.

Thank you

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mary
Mary Jenkins APAGB
General Secretary
43rd International Exhibition of Photography
20th September 2017
43rd International Exhibition of Photography
THE EXHIBITION HAS THE FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL PATRONAGES
FIAP: 2017-407.  PSA: 2017-325.  GPU: L1170108.  RPS: 2017-39.   PAGB: 33-2017
The UK’s Largest International Print & Projected Digital Image Exhibition
All displayed at one venue, with visitors from all over the UK.
Three Print Sections – Open Colour, Open Mono & Nature
Prints can be forwarded to Southampton International
Three Projected Image Sections – Open Colour, Open Monochrome & Nature
Over 180 Medals and Ribbons to be won
Plus FIAP Blue Badge for Best Entrant
Low entry Fees
SPECIAL ENTRY RATE FOR CLUB ENTRIES
e-mail:       chairman@smethwickinternational.com    for details
Only pay for each section entered
***** 84 Page A4 Colour Catalogue to each entrant
Closing date 3rd November 2017
On-line entry system
Now open for entries @
www.smethwickinternational.com
Leica Store London visit 16th November
05th September 2017
We have just had confirmation that this years Leica Shop London visit will be on Thursday 16th November. We are awaiting details of agenda for the day. 
Please watch this space.
The MCPF Newsletter October
05th September 2017
October Newsletter.

If this link to the newsletter does not work then please go to the MCPF website and follow the links. You can also find previous editions on the website.
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Black&White Photographer of the Year 2018
29th August 2017
BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018
BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018 is open for submissions.
Win one of three fantastic Fujifilm cameras: an X-Pro2 plus three lenses, an X100F or an X-T20 plus lens.
BlackWhite Photography magazine, in association with Fujifilm, is excited to announce that the competition to find the BlackWhite Photographer of the Year 2018 is now open.
We are looking for the best in contemporary black & white photography. The competition is open to all and pictures can be taken on any kind of camera.
The winners will be chosen from three categories:

   The World of People (from formal portraits to street photography to photojournalism).
   The World Around Us (landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and wildlife)
   The Creative World (let your imagination roam, from still life to abstract, using old processes to smartphone filters, whatever you think fits).
The deadline for entries is Midnight 30th October 2017.
For full competition details see the website: bpoty.com
In the Pocket: Photography from World War One
19th August 2017
In the Pocket: Photography from World War One

In the Pocket: Photography from World War One
Posted on August 16, 2017 by William Fagan
Kodak is probably the most significant name in the history of photography and it was the company that was most responsible for popularising photography, not only with its film products but also with its various easy-to-use cameras for the mass market. At one stage, photography was even called ‘Kodakery’ by some. Now that I have a collection of most camera models made by Leica, I have turned my attention to significant cameras in the history of photography such as the Nikon F and various Kodak models, such as the Brownie and the Vest Pocket Kodak (VPK) shown below.

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68th MIDLAND SALON OF INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPY
07th August 2017
68th MIDLAND SALON OF INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPY
5th to 13th AUGUST 2017
THE OLD SCHOOL HOUSE, CHURCHBRIDGE, OLDBURY,
WEST MIDLANDS, B69 2AS (Junction 2 M5)
 
JUST 4 MORE CHANCES
 
TO VISIT THIS STUNNING EXHIBITION, SEE PRINTS AND PROJECTED IMAGES
FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
 
VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION SAY THAT THE PROJECTED IMAGES ARE
THE BEST THEY HAVE SEEN DON’T MISS VISITING THE EXHIBITION
 
OPEN TUESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENING DOORS OPEN 7PM
 
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DOORS OPEN 1PM
 
DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE TO GET INSPIRED
Visit to Wetzlar October 2018, A Joint Venture with the LHSA.
24th July 2017
Visit to Wetzlar October 2018. A Joint Venture with the LHSA.

Below is an e-mail from Alan Weinschel of the LHSA.

If you are receiving this email, it means you are already on our mailing list for the exciting meeting we are planning for Wetzlar in October 2018.    
Leica AG has coordinated the dates with us so it is now easier to plan.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 4 - Sunday October 8.  There will be a factory tour, meetings with Leica executives and local sightseeing,  This meeting will be limited to LHSA members and their guests, as well as members of some Leica groups outside the US.   It promises to be truly international and fun, with some dinners in the works too.  
 
Many of you have asked about hotel arrangements and at this time, all I can say is we are working on those.   The Wetzlarer Hof is not large enough to handle our group if all who have expressed interest come so we will also be looking at alternatives.  
 
Unless there are objections, we will also be circulating a list of those who have expressed interest and contact information, so as to facilitate travel in a group if that is desired.  If you do not want your contact information shared, please contact me as soon as possible.
 
More detail on programming will be released in the coming months and there will also be a Wetzlar planning session at the Chicago meeting this October, so that both programming and sightseeing ideas can be exchanged.
 
If your plans have changed and you no longer wish to receive these updates, please send an email to me.
 
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming meetings — or in Wetzlar.
 
 
Alan Weinschel
Vice President, LHSA - The International Leica Society
alan.weinschel@lhsa.org

Further Information to Follow
 
Thames Sailing Barge Trip Thursday August 24th
20th July 2017
An afternoon tea cruise on a barge from Maldon, Essex on Thursday August 24th. The Barge leaves the Maldon Hythe at 2pm, and whilst under sail a cream tea is available (scone, cream, jam, cake, tea). Cost £33. Parking in the Town. To book ring 01621 857567, or if members would like to contact Brian Oliver he can book for them.
The Hythe is easy to find - essentially head downhill along Maldon High Street! Nearest Car Park is on your left as you go down the High Street.
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
19th July 2017
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
Be a part of the Leica culture

Using available light to take the perfect portrait – Leica Akademie Workshop with Cat Garcia.

Leica Portraiture – Mastering Available Light with Cat Garcia
Discover your creativity with Cat as she helps you explore composition, depth of field, light, interaction with the subject, body language and expression.

Cat Garcia works across portrait, reportage and advertising photography, capturing people and places with a lightness of touch and sense of storytelling. Her work celebrates individuality and the simple, authentic beauty of her subjects.

On 12th August at Leica Store Mayfair, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.
The 68th Midland Salon of International Photography opens its doors on Saturday August 3th
19th July 2017
The 68th Midland Salon of International Photography opens its doors on Saturday August 3th and runs through to Sunday August 13th. Make sure you visit this stunning exhibition with over 400 prints on display a great AV's of the accepted and award winning PDI's. Attached is a flyer giving all of the opening times. Note that the Salon is not open every weekday.
Do not get this exhibition confused with our own regional exhibitions this one has pictures from all around the world.
Join us as we celebrate The Lightbox’s tenth anniversary Please enter our competition.
16th July 2017
Dear Friends and colleagues,
Join us as we celebrate The Lightbox’s tenth anniversary
Please enter our competition. It’s easy to apply
This year’s theme – celebration. What is celebration to you?
Feel free to share with friends, family
An opportunity to show your work in a professional gallery space
Info
Description: Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to submit their work to The Lightbox Photographic Open Competition. In keeping with our 10 year anniversary in 2017, this year we are inviting entries in the theme of 'Celebration and Anniversary'. Successful entries will be displayed at The Lightbox from 14 October 2017 - 7 January 2018.
 
Final application and submission deadline: Monday 4 September 2017
 
Prizes:  £500 for Best in Show
£250 The People’s Prize
£100 Young Photographer's Prize (13 – 17years)
 
Entry Fee: £10.00
 
Exhibition dates: Saturday 14 October 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018
 
Private View: Thursday 19 October 2017 | 6.30pm – 8.00pm 
 
To apply: Download an application form and sign up at: http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-lightbox-photographic-open. Send photos and form to lightboxphoto@thelightbox.org.uk.
 
For more information do not hesitate to get in contact.
 
All the very best,
 
Natalie Paetzold
Exhibitions & Collections Intern
 
 
THE EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY VOLUNTEER SOCIETY PRESENTS AN EVENING PHOTO CHARTER WITH METROPOLITAN 1 SAT
14th July 2017
THE EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY VOLUNTEER SOCIETY PRESENTS
AN EVENING PHOTO CHARTER WITH METROPOLITAN 1
SATURDAY 19 AUGUST 2017

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