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Best Mirrorless/inter-chageable lens + compact cameras for architects An introductory list of rangefinder and similar cameras for architects and architectural photography enthusiasts: - Leica - Nikon - Fuji - Olympus There are of course many more lens options that what I've shown here

1. Nikon COOLPIX A 16.2 MP Digital Camera with 28mm f/2.8 Lens Imaging has come a long way in a very short period of time. This pocketable camera has a DSLR (D7000) "APS-C" sensor and takes many technical cues from its big brothers and other high-end systems like the Leica M. An ideal street shooting camera. Fixed focal length at 28mm (full frame equivalent) which has worked well for me for years in architecture. 

DX-format image sensor

Fixed 28mm f/2.8 NIKKOR glass lens

1080p HD with stereo sound

RAW (NEF) capability

Wi-Fi capable with WU-1a adapter (not included)

For more information, click here

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2. Fujifilm X-E1 16.3MP Compact System Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD

An optical viewfinder brings you into the scene, and this does not have one. However it has rangefinder DNA and is otherwise an outstanding camera. Note that the sensor is smaller than 35mm "full frame" (it is "APSC" size), so multiply lens focal lengths by 1.5 to get their full frame equivalents. 

16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor

2.36 Million Dot OLED Viewfinder

Fujifilm X-Mount

JPEG + RAW

Kit includes 18-55MM F2.8 - 4.0 OIS Lens

For more information, click here 3. Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen

Whereas the Fuji looks to rangefinders for design inspiration this looks to an SLR - specifically the classic (film) OM. This camera

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is compact and by all accounts outstanding as well. The sensor and lens family are "Micro Four-Thirds" so multiply focal lengths by 2 to get their 35mm equivalents. 

The High Resolution 1.4million dot EVF, with a 120 fps refresh rate, is a 100% accurate high eye point electronic viewfinder,

16 megapixel live-mos sensor & truepic vi image processor

World's fastest autofocus

In-body image stabilization

3" 610,000 dot tilt/touch oled

For more information, click here 4. Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Wide angle (24mm equivalent) prime lens - great quality.

High-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens

Ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions

Full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance

indicator 

This lens fits all Olympus PEN series camera bodies and all other micro four thirds camera.

For more information, click here

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5. Leica 10760 M Monochrom 18MP Compact System Camera with 2.5-Inch TFT LCD This may be what you came here for: "The Future of Digital Black-and-White Photography

Newly developed monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 Million Pixel. The sensor does no "see" color meaning real brightness values are available for each individual pixel, producing a "genuine" black-and-white image directly.

The classic, iconic Leica M camera design is embodied in the Leica M Monochrom. Only an engraving on the black accessory shoe reveals the

product's name. 

The camera features an extremely soft, tactile leatherette body covering which is perfectly in keeping with the discrete overall look. Also included with the camera is a real-leather carrying strap made of high-grade cowhide.

A full version of the world's leading black-and-white image processing software, Silver Efex Pro 2, is supplied. Silver Efex Pro 2 incorporates a unique and powerful set of darkroominspired tools to produce top-quality black-and-white pictures.

The Leica M Monochrom impresses discerning users and fine-art photographers with a raw data histogram for exact control of tonal values, depicting the actual raw data, unprocessed and uncorrupted.

For more information, click here 6. Leica 10771 M 24MP RangeFinder Camera with 3Inch TFT LCD Screen

The new Leica M - and the one to get if you want higher resolution than the M9, superior low light performance, live view with focus peaking, video, weather sealing and more. Page | 4


Leica Max 24 MP Sensor for maximum imaging quality.

Fast Leica Maestro image processor

Universal capabilities with Live View and the electronic viewfinder.

Splash-proof camera body.

3" display with 920,000 pixels, Corning® Gorilla® glass screen protector.

For more information, click here 7.

Leica 14495 Multi-Functional Handgrip M

.. for the new Leica M if you want to add a duplicate hotshoe, additional flash control, GPS and a finger loop. 

Ergonomic design

GPS module for geotagging.

Allows the use of an external flash and external viewfinder at the same time.

For more information, click here 8. Leica 18753 X2 EVF Viewfinder

.. also for the new Leica M, for 'another perspective' and definitely if you have some old R lenses that this new camera finally supports (with an adapter). 

Attaches to the accessory shoe of the Leica X2 and can be rotated 90 degree.

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All exposure parameters are displayed in the viewfinder when it is attached to the camera.

For more information, click here 9. Leica 21mm f/3.4 Super-Elmar-M ASPH

Architect's dream lens. Super wide angle, super sharp etc etc. Google some reviews. This lens does not disappoint.

Includes a metal, screw-mounted lens hood to prevent flare effects and ensure perfect image sharpness.

The sophisticated optical design and construction of the lens comprises eight elements - including one with two spherical surfaces and another four with anomalous partial dispersion.

The sophisticated optical design and construction of the lens plays a decisive role in reducing distortion and vignette to an absolute minimum.

For more information, click here 10. Leica 28mm f/2.8 ASPH M-Elmarit Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens for M System 28mm and very compact build

Front & Rear Lens Caps

Soft Leather Lens Case

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For more information, click here 11. Leica Mp 0.72 Black Camera

Film! Leica claims that MP stands for "mechanical perfection". This may well be true - possibly the 'ultimate' film rangefinder if you had to purchase one film camera, then this would be it... ...this is a hand-made classic that is destined to appreciate in value over time (in much the same way as fine, hand-made, mechanical watches and automobiles appreciate in price, except at a fraction of the cost, and with/without the collapse of the usd)... ...in essence, this is purchasing a piece of history from the company that, for all intent and purposes, invented 35mm photography... ...the "mp" represents the quintessential iconic paradigm of leica's mechanical genius... ...the mp also serves as a portal to the digitized world, since its lenses (actually, all leica "m" lenses) are interchangable with the new digital m8

For more information, click here 12. 5 Rolls Ilford PANF 50 Film 36 Exp Ultra-fast and super sharp 50 speed black and white film. Great for sunny days or if you live in the tropics.

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Ilford PANF 50 135mm Black and White Film

5 Rolls of Film

Expiration Date 01/14

100% 90-Day Money Back Guarantee. Seller will pick up Item.

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13. Kodak 115 3659 Tri-X 400 Professional 120 Black and White Film 5 Roll Propack

Versatile 400 speed black and white film. Popular with street photographers.

Fine grain Good for producing high-quality images.

Wide exposure latitude Rich tonality maintained with over exposure and underexposure.

High sharpness Good for applications that require a moderate degree of enlargement.

High resolving power Good rendition of detail.

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