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Russian Lens Galaxy: From Sonnar to Jupiter
14th May 2018
Russian Lens Galaxy: From Sonnar to Jupiter
by William Fagan
Russian cameras and lenses have often had a bad reputation in the past, particularly during the Soviet days. Some of this may have been due to the Leica counterfeits which became a ‘cottage industry’ in Russia at one time, particularly involving ones which carried nasty ‘military’ stampings or engravings, allegedly of German origin. All of the items coming from Russian during the Soviet era (called FSU cameras by aficionados) are not bad, and some items are, indeed, quite outstanding.

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THE 69th MIDLAND SALON ORGANISED BY THE MCPF
06th May 2018
THE 69th MIDLAND SALON ORGANISED BY
THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION

ON LINE ENTRY SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN @ www.midland-salon.com

CLOSING DATE 27th JUNE 2018

SECTIONS:
OPEN COLOUR PRINTS
OPEN MONOCHROME PRINTS
OPEN COLOUR PROJECTED IMAGES
OPEN MONOCHROME PROJECTED IMAGES
NATURE PROJECTED IMAGES
CREATIVE PROJECTED IMAGES

FULL RULES ON WEBSITE

LOW ENTRY FEES
£2 DISCOUNT FOR EACH ENTRANT
IN GROUPS OF OVER 8 ENTRANTS
ONLY PAY FOR SECTIONS YOU ENTER
A4 72 PAGE COLOUR CATALOGUE TO ALL ENTRANTS
PhotoLondon 19th May and Photographica on Sunday 20th
04th May 2018
Tony Cole writes that he is going to PhotoLondon 19th May and then to Photographica on Sunday 20th May, entry time for PhotoLondon is 12 noon – Photographica is 10am.
Any member(s) going to either who would like to meet up can contact me for rendezvous on my mobile – 07775936574
MCPF Newsletter for May 2018
02nd May 2018
MCPF Newsletter for May 2018

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A Weekend at Leica Heaven: It must be High Wycombe
01st May 2018
A Weekend at Leica Heaven: It must be High Wycombe
Posted on May 1, 2018 by Mike Evans
I spent an entertaining couple of days last weekend at The Leica Society’s annual get-together, this year at the Holiday Inn at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Even though the venue less than an hour away from base, I decided to stay the two nights and take the opportunity to meet members. I didn’t quite know what to expect, never having been to one of these events before, and I had been hoping for a little outing with the opportunity to take photographs. This wasn’t to be since we were too busy attending presentations, viewing the photo exhibition and chatting — not to mention eating.
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The Leica Society Society AGM 2018
30th April 2018
'The Leica Society Society AGM 2018 was held at the Holiday Inn, High Wycombe UK on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April. Thorsten von Overgaard kindly agreed to show his 'The Decisive Moment' presentation on Sunday morning; he's pictured here with TLS Chairman Brian Oliver on Saturday afternoon.

Leica X Vario / Leica SF 58 flash. I enjoy using the X Vario; a most under-rated camera with a superb lens and capable of excellent results at any aperture through its zoom range.' Photo by Dunc

MCPF PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
30th April 2018
MCPF PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
It has been brought to my attention that the online entry system has been asking for an 'Optional' PDI of the prints entered in Photofolio. This has now been corrected and any further entries will not require a PDI of the prints. Do not worry if you have already supplied PDI's of your prints they will be useful if catalogue reproduction of your prints are required.

A reminder that entries for Photofolio are required by this weekend as the site closes on Sunday evening/
Russia: A tale of two cities and great deal of culture by William Fagan
27th April 2018
Russia: A tale of two cities and great deal of culture by William Fagan
When I was at school in the 1950s and 1960s, we regularly said prayers for the ‘Conversion of Russia’. The photo above shows the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. This was built in the 1990s on the site of a church of the same name which had been pulled down by Stalin in 1932.

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Kevin Raber (Luminous Landscape) where he interviews Peter Karbe and Andreas Kaufmann about the deve
11th April 2018
Kevin Raber (Luminous Landscape) where he interviews Peter Karbe and Andreas Kaufmann about the development and design of current Leica cameras and lenses.
There are 13 short videos, number 12 is the interview.

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LumeJet Print Technologies Limited Offer
13th March 2018
We are delighted to offer the members of the Leica Society exclusive offers on our products and services.

Introductory Offer: Free A3 Prints - Try Before You Buy!
To let you see what we can do for you, we are offering up to three A3 prints of your favourite images for only £7.50/ €15/ $20 in total, including P&P, dependent on location. Simply send your high-res JPEGs or TIFFs using WeTransfer, Dropbox, Smugmug, or any other method that suits you to orders@l-type.com. You don't need to worry about re-sizing or borders - we will do that for you. Your images will be printed on our popular Crystal Archive DPII Matte paper (unless you ask for a different paper finish – silk, lustre or glossy).

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Leica: The three million dollar camera under the hammer
13th March 2018
Leica: The three million dollar camera under the hammer by William Fagan
This Leica O-Series camera, of which only 25 were made, sold last week for €2.4 million, including 20% buyer's premium — officially the highest price paid for a camera and more than twice the top estimate of €900,000. Prices at the 32nd Westlicht auction were buoyant, especially for Leica.

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Pete Davis’ body of work from the 1980’s - ‘Great Little Tin Sheds of Wales’
13th March 2018
You are warmly invited to the opening reception of an exhibition at Oriel Colwyn which features a selection of Pete Davis’ body of work
from the 1980’s - ‘Great Little Tin Sheds of Wales’ - Friday 16th. of March, 6.30pm – 9pm
A joint exhibition with ‘Haearn / Iron’ by Antonia Dewhurst


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Leica CL: The compact film camera that killed the Leica M5
03rd March 2018
Leica CL: The compact film camera that killed the Leica M5
by William Fagan and Mike Evans
The recent introduction of a modern Leica CL has focused attention on the original CL from the 1970s. ‘CL’ stood for ‘compact Leica’, a compact rangefinder camera, which was manufactured in Japan by Minolta for Leica between 1973 and 1976. Minolta also sold a version of the camera called the Leitz Minolta CL and later Minolta developed a more advanced version called the Minolta CLE.

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Experience the Best Photography from China this May 17th to 20th
27th February 2018
Experience the Best Photography from China this May

Photo London has announced a vibrant list of over 100 participating galleries from across the world for its fourth edition, with a total of 18 countries represented from the Americas to Europe and Asia.

Greatly expanding on previous editions of the Fair, this year will introduce you to a selection of leading exhibitors from China including ON/Gallery who will bring Shen Wei and Liu Tao, HdM Gallery, See+ Gallery and Three Shadows +3 Gallery, who will bring work by the Three Shadows Photography Award winner Liang Xiu.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the best photography from China at Somerset House, from 17-20 May.

Book your tickets now

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for individuals with an interest in the arts and photography to gain invaluable experience and to develop a range of skills in one of London’s most exciting cultural events. The fourth edition of Photo London takes place at Somerset House between 16-20 May, 2018.

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins shines a light on the stories of those living on the fringes of society, presenting the outsider as an agent of change.

Touching on themes of gender and sexuality, drugs and addiction, youth culture and minorities of all kinds, the show features 20 photographers who spent months, years or even decades with their subjects, reflecting a more complex and authentic view of the world. Advance booking recommended.

Barbican Art Gallery, London
28 Feb – 27 May 2018

Watch the trailer and book your tickets
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And do not forget the PAGGB Photographica on the same day 20th May, combine the two events.
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Internationally renowned travel, wildlife and adventure photographer John
26th February 2018
Internationally renowned travel, wildlife and adventure photographer John Beatty is headlining the Buxton Adventure Festival on Wednesday, 11th April, and I wanted to invite your members along to the event.

John will be sharing his most recent images and stories from across the world, including:

- the Hindu ceremony of Kumbh Mela set on the Ganges in Allahabad, a once every 12-year gathering of 30 million pilgrims
- grizzly bears, mountains and walruses of Alaska
- a flying adventure beneath Mt Everest
- eagle-hunters of Khazak Mongolia
- survival training in Scotland
- the volcanic wilderness of Danikil in Northern Ethiopia
- emperor penguins of Antarctica
- rafting the Colorado River of Grand Canyon
- and closer to home, images from his new book Kinder Scout. The Peoples Mountain.

John has adventured across 38 countries for the past 29 years, always returning with stories from a world few have encountered. He has enthralled audiences at international film festivals with his multimedia presentations, receiving accolades from the media, the public and from leading brands in the photographic industry.


If you would like to book tickets or for further information, please visit the Buxton Opera House website: https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/event/john-beatty.
MCPF PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
25th February 2018
MCPF PRINT and PROJECTED IMAGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Are any members interested in entering this competition?
If you are please contact either Tony Coles or David Featherstone to co-ordinate our entry

You do not have to be a big club
You only need 15 Prints or PDI’s from 5 Members to enter the first Round.
If you make the Final, you will need 5 more Prints or PDI’s

It is a wonderful day out providing a great opportunity to meet other club members

The event takes place at Braunstone Leicester on Saturday April 21st

If you wish to enter e-mail
roger.parry@blueyonder.co.uk

For full details
Go east, young man: A photographic journey Posted on February 15, 2018 by William Fagan
15th February 2018
Go east, young man: A photographic journey
Posted on February 15, 2018 by William Fagan
In 2005 I was invited to Qatar and was asked if I would head up the liberalisation of the telecoms market. Even though I am not a great fan of very warm weather, I accepted the challenge and thus I spent about five years doing that task in Qatar.
I visited other countries in the region while I was working in Qatar and I intend to do a series of articles for Macfilos showing the photos I still have from those countries, as well as Qatar itself. Some photos have gone missing for various reasons. This is a ‘taster’ for those articles, set out in the sequence of our visits with a couple of photos from each location. The articles will appear in the same sequence.
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Beacon Camera Club host Joe Cornish at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 14th July 2018
12th February 2018
Beacon Camera Club host Joe Cornish at The Swan Theatre, Worcester on 14th July 2018

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