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Monday, December 2, 2013

Leica C Exclusive Blogger Preview + Photoshoot

In this time and age, people rely heavily on the Internet for everything, including sending invites for events, parties and even weddings. Hardly do we ever receive physical invites anymore these days.

So when I received a physical invite mailed right to my doorstep by Leica C about a month ago, I was thrilled! 


The invite was packaged nicely in a silver box with Leica signature red ribbons, and with the invite came a photo tile with the words 'You Are Invited'. It was a work of art shot by a Leica. Looking at all the effort put in by the Leica team just for one invite, I knew it was going to be a great event.


It was my first time visiting the Leica store at Starhill Gallery, and I've got to say that I was quite an experience! The store was filled with beautiful portraits shot by renown photographers using Leica cameras, and of course, beautiful Leica cameras displayed all around! 



This Leica set was one of the many Leica cameras displayed. 
Don't you agree that it is just so pretty?

5 of us bloggers from MHB were given the opportunity to be the first to try out and review the new Leica C. The exclusive blogger preview was one week before the official launch of Leica C in Malaysia, and we couldn't have felt more privileged to be one of the first to lay our hands on this powerful camera!


Candid shot by one of the Leica photographers on that day. All the photo you'll see in this post were shot by Leica cameras of different models :)


This is the end result from my selfie pic above. 
Love the clarity and sharpness of the image.


All of our outfits were sponsored by M Missoni, which was located just right beside the Leica store at Starhill Gallery. Major love for all their pieces!


Here's Andy with the Leica S, which is worth a total of approximately RM70,000!


So all 5 of us were selected to go through a photoshoot with Andy Kho, and celebrity Elaine Daly as our guide. She was a real joy to work with! Firm, but funny at the same time. She really knows how to crack us up and make us feel less nervous.


Some behind-the-scene shots taken by the Leica C.






And here are the outcomes of my photoshoot! Captured with the Leica S.






Love how the photos turned out to be! 


Group shot with our guru of the day :)


L-R: Esther Ng, Isabellakuan, yours truly, Elaine Daly, Stephanie Lim, Karen Kho

All dressed in M Missoni.

After our fun photoshoot, we headed to the Starhill Culinary Studio on the highest floor of Starhill Gallery for our high tea.





While we dined, professional photographer Andy Kho showed us how to capture beautiful food photos with the Leica C. We had a huge live screen where we could see what is being captured by Andy's Leica C! How cool!



He even prepared special lighting on tripods for everyone of us!



Leica team member, Gracie taught me on how to connect and transfer my photos from the Leica C straight into my iPhone. Such simple steps! I could post up high quality photos on Instagram the entire time :)



Food photography isn't as easy as it seems! Having multiple functions available on the Leica C such as the macro zoom function really helps capture close-ups of the food.

Here are some of my "pro" *ahem* food photos after our coaching session by Andy.













Here's another amazing function on the Leica C which I personally love the most:

The Remote Control function!

Once my phone was connected with the camera through Wifi, I could use my phone as a remote control and snap photos by pressing a button on my phone. 

As seen below, all the photos were taken with the remote control function. Yes, they were controlled by me! :)


I could even determine the focus of the subject. The top photo was focused on my name, while the bottom photo focused on my face, while my name is being blurred out. All controlled from my phone! How awesome!



In this photo above, it seemed like it's being taken by someone else, but no! My left hand was pressing on the shutter on my phone! ;)



Super super cool!


All of us were busy doing our food and selfie shots the entire evening! Playing around with the different functions of the Leica C was fun and addictive!


After the whole day of playing with our Leica C, it was time to call it a day. But before that, all of us received our goodies from the lovely Leica team.


Guess what were in our bags?



Thank You notes from Leica, cute Leica merchandises and our printed photoshoot pictures! :)


Thank you, Leica for the amazing hospitality! Love and appreciate all the effort put in to make it a wonderful day for us bloggers :)

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And here are some info on the Leica C!

The Leica C is the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras and features a high-performance Leica DC Vario-Summicron 6–42.8 mm f/2–5.9 ASPH. zoom lens with a range equivalent to 28 to 200 mm in 35 mm format, and an exceptionally large 1/1.7″ MOS sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels.

Equipped with fast autofocus and a continuous-shooting mode with up to ten frames per second, it captures even the tiniest details and is ideal for all types of photography from portraits to wide-coverage shots and capturing the beauty of landscapes.

What this means is that the Leica C virtually guarantees outstanding imaging performance and crystal-clear photos with brilliant, natural colours, clarity and contrast even in unfavourable lighting conditions.

The Leica C is the first Leica compact camera to feature an integrated Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) module for the wireless transmission of image data to smartphones and tablet PCs via the Leica C Image Shuttle app available for free on either iOS or Android platforms. The WLAN and the app even enables users to remote control the Leica C from a smartphone or tablet PC – very handy for remote-release photography and shooting with the self-timer or simply to amaze your friends!

The camera’s full-HD video function allows you to capture high quality video while the 3″ camera monitor offers a large enough view to see what you’re shooting. Videos and still pictures can both be creatively processed either in the camera or with the Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® professional imaging software that comes bundled with the camera.

Audi Design are responsible for the compact yet elegant looks of this camera, and they were also responsible for the development of the unique range of camera accessories. The Leica C is available in two finishes, light gold and dark red.


The camera’s integrated viewfinder (in the upper left hand side) is a useful aid for composition and assessment of scenes especially in brightly lit situations.To complement the Leica C’s is a range of five (5) specially designed, perfectly finished, premium matching accessories. Each of these bags and cases is a unique and fashionable accessory – for example, the Leica C-Clutch (pictured here) is an elegant clutch handbag with carrying strap, available in light gold or dark red Alcantara with a sandblasted metal closer, and offers two separate compartments with ample space for the camera and other personal belongings.


The freely programable ring on the lens is very useful and convenient indeed!


To complement the Leica C’s is a range of five (5) specially designed, perfectly finished, premium matching accessories. Each of these bags and cases is a unique and fashionable accessory – for example, the Leica C-Clutch (pictured here) is an elegant clutch handbag with carrying strap, available in light gold or dark red Alcantara with a sandblasted metal closer, and offers two separate compartments with ample space for the camera and other personal belongings.





Technical data of the LEICA C (as of August 2013)

Camera type: Leica C (type 112)

Sensor: 1/1.7″ MOS sensor with12.8 MP (effective 12.1 MP) Minimum light level: ~ 6 lux
With model nos. 18 484/-487/-488/-491: (assuming use of i-low light and a shutter speed of 1/25 s)
With model nos. 18 485/-486/-489/-490: (assuming use of i-low light and a shutter speed of 1/30 s)

Lens: Leica DC Vario-Summicron 6–42.8 mm f/2–5.9 ASPH. (equivalent to 28–200 mm in 35 mm format)

Focusing ranges:

P/A/S/M: 50 cm (wide-angle) / 80 cm (telephoto) – infinity

Macro/snapshot/video: 3 cm (wide-angle) / 80 cm (telephoto) –infinity

Scene modes: May differ from the details stated above

Digital zoom: max. 4×

Image stabilising system: Optical

Shutter system: Electronic and mechanical

Shutter speed range: 250 to 1/4000 s

[Starry Sky] mode: 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds

Exposure modes: Programme (P), aperture priority (A), shutter priority (S), manual (M)

Exposure compensation:

(Increments: 1/3 EV steps, range: ±2 EV)

Exposure metering modes: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Flash modes: Built-in – AUTO, AUTO with red-eye reduction, slow sync with red-eye reduction, ON, OFF

Effective flash distance: (with AUTO ISO ): ~ 0.6–7 m (at maximum wide-angle setting), ~ 0.8–2.3 m (at maximum telephoto setting)

Monitor: 3.0″ TFT LCD, ~ 921,600 dots, aspect ratio 3:2, shows ~ 100% of the image field

Viewfinder: Colour LCD viewfinder (~ 200,000 dots.) with dioptre compensation of +/–4 dioptres

Microphone/speaker: Stereo/mono

File storage (still/video): Internal memory (~ 87 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

Image formats

Still pictures: RAW / JPEG (based on Exif 2.3 standard), DPOF-compatible, MPO

Videos (with audio): AVCHD with Dolby® Digital (2-channel)/ MP4 with AAC (2-channel)

Operating temperature/ humidity range: 0–40°C / 10–80%

Interfaces: Digital: USB 2.0 (high speed)

With model nos. 18 484/-488: The USB cable cannot be used to transfer data to the camera from a computer or other devices.

Analogue video/audio:

NTSC/PAL composite with model nos. 18 484/-487/-488/-491 (menu setting option),

NTSC composite with model nos. 18 485/-486/-489/-490, audio line-out socket (mono)

Connections: HDMI: for micro-HDMI cable (type D)

AV OUT/DIGITAL: special socket (8-pin)

Wi-Fi

Compliance standard: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (Standard WLAN Protocol)

Frequency band: 2,412–2,462 MHz (1–11 channels)

Encryption: Wi-Fi-compatible WPA™ / WPA2™

Access: Infrastructure mode

NFC

Compliance standard: ISO / IEC 18092 NFC-F (passive mode)

Dimensions (W × H × D; lens retracted): approx. 103 × 63 × 28 mm

Weight (with/without memory card and battery): approx. 195 g / 173 g

Battery (lithium-ion): BP-DC14 E/U

Voltage / capacity: 3.7 V / 950 mAh

Battery charger / mains power unit: ACA-DC11-A/B/C/E/U/K

Input: 110–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.2 A

Output: 5 V DC, 800 mA



The Leica C is available at a RRP of RM2,475.00 at authorised Leica dealers starting in October 2013. The Leica C-Pouch and C-Snap accessories will be available from December.

Leica outlets in Malaysia:

Leica Store @ Avenue K | info@leica-store-malaysia.com | +603 2163 1818
Leica @ Starhill Gallery | info@leica-starhill.com | +603 2142 9633
Leica Boutique @ Suria Sabah | +6088 487 807

For more info head over to http://uk.leica-camera.com/home/ and follow Leica on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LeicaCamera


Signing off!

xx



love, Careen

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