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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    At The Online Photographer I became aware of the new edition of "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts.

    http://theonlinephotographer.typepad...rwin-puts.html

    Some days ago I ordered the compendium and I have now received it.
    I must say it's a very compelling volume.
    There may still be some samples of this Third Edition left somewhere, I found and ordered mine online at Lindemanns Buchhandlung in Germany.



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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts



    Here are some pictures of sample pages from the book, just to give you a closer impression.

    Respecting the copyright I have asked Erwin Puts permission before posting these pictures.

    From the below index illustrations you can have an overview of the content.


























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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts



    610 pages, english, 30 x 21 cm, and I payed 78 EUR plus shipping 3.50 EUR















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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    Tasteful layout









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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    The complete history of Leica as a company.

    Plus sections on optical aberrations, how lenses are designed, manufactured and tested.















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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    And sections on the Leica M and Leica R cameras and lenses.














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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    Very big, very heavy and very nice

    my best Christmas present so far







    Nikon D300 AF-S Nikkor 1.4/50mm G .at f/5.6 ISO 200 Capture NX


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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    Steen,
    great tip!
    I have ordered in Germany.

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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    You are welcome, ceh.
    Like I said in my post # 6 there are specific sections on the Leica M and Leica R cameras and lenses.
    The S system isn't yet covered in the same systematic way, but I believe it will be at some point in the future.
    I have noticed and enjoyed your great results with you S2 rig, excellent work

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    Sten,
    Thank you.
    Much appreciated

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    Over the years, I have come across Puts' compendium books in used book stores, often, in "mint" condition. Really beautiful things.

    I did not know, until now, how few of these were ever printed!

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    Vivek, has the compendium always been so much more than 'just' am M and R series camera and lens list with fact sheets ?

    I need to admit that I have actually never seen the book for real before, and I have always thought of it as probably just a sort of a very long list with a lot of fact sheets.
    So wrong. At least now, in the present edition, there are so many other chapters of general interest.

    I myself do not own anything Leica anymore (apart from a Televid 77 Spotting Scope but that doesn't really count as a photographic tool).

    So for me it's primarily an interest in the company and brand history, the rather unusual business case, and the chapters about optical aberrations, lens design, manufacturing, tests, etc.

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    Third Edition ? Strange, I've got a "Limited Edition", what's the difference I wonder ?
    Anyhow, the book is full of interesting facts, love it !

    Kind regards.
    Bart ...

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    Vivek, has the compendium always been so much more than 'just' am M and R series camera and lens list with fact sheets ?

    I need to admit that I have actually never seen the book for real before, and I have always thought of it as probably just a sort of a very long list with a lot of fact sheets.
    So wrong. At least now, in the present edition, there are so many other chapters of general interest.

    I myself do not own anything Leica anymore (apart from a Televid 77 Spotting Scope but that doesn't really count as a photographic tool).

    So for me it's primarily an interest in the company and brand history, the rather unusual business case, and the chapters about optical aberrations, lens design, manufacturing, tests, etc.
    Hi Steen, Mostly it is- facts and figures. Organization of these are done so beautifully and succinctly taking it to another dimension, IMO. Full credit to the author.

    Apart from being a tech geek, I am also a student of history.

    Though I had never met the man, I am sure Puts could tell a whole lot more. Perhaps we should band together and nudge him in that direction?
    Last edited by Vivek; 13th December 2011 at 11:42. Reason: missing words

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    I have the limited edition too. I understand that limited edition is the initial print run.subsequently, it had a rerun and a 3rd run.
    I am not sure if there are typos and other 'errors' in the 2nd and 3rd run though.
    But I am not complaining. Limited run costing a bomb as some buyers bought a few copies extra to sell.

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    It seems to be sold out already. I was going to bite the bullet and pay an eBay price. Then I read an article by Erwin about the future of Leica and it just froze my brain.
    It seemed at the same time to be exhaustive and exhausting. I'm really impressed by the erudition and the amount of work, but. But. But
    Maybe I'm just too frivolous a flibbetygibbet to really appreciate Erwin!

    Just this guy you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    It seems to be sold out already. I was going to bite the bullet and pay an eBay price. Then I read an article by Erwin about the future of Leica and it just froze my brain.
    It seemed at the same time to be exhaustive and exhausting. I'm really impressed by the erudition and the amount of work, but. But. But
    Maybe I'm just too frivolous a flibbetygibbet to really appreciate Erwin!
    I was planning to get the book as well-if I find a copy. But I totally agree that some of Erwings articles over the last 3 years made be doubt about the real relevance of his articles. It all reads like it is proven with technical facts, but a lot of his comments and comparisons on various digital cameras just do not describe what I can see in reality.
    Still an interesting very read, but I am not believing everything he writes anymore. Its a very theoretic approach.

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    I have a different take on this, Jono and Tom.

    A while back, when Puts was branded as the brand ambassador and revered by a bunch, I did not buy that.

    When I read a book, I just look at the message and nothing else.

    Even with some of the latest thoughts and writings of Puts (I have not seen all of it), factoring in the current reality, it does not take anything away from his achievements and the products.

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    The First Edition came out earlier this year. It was rife with errors and not totally up-to-date (e.g. no M9-P). A Second Edition came out in August, with a lot of updates and fixes. The "third edition" AFAIK is just another printing of the Second Edition... Since Irwin has about 1,000 printed at a time. Thus the "limited edition."

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    The First Edition came out earlier this year. It was rife with errors and not totally up-to-date (e.g. no M9-P). A Second Edition came out in August, with a lot of updates and fixes. The "third edition" AFAIK is just another printing of the Second Edition... Since Irwin has about 1,000 printed at a time. Thus the "limited edition."
    I see, indeed no M9-P in my edition.
    Thank you, DN.

    Kind regards.
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    "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts


    Bart, Mike Johnston writes a bit about these compendium editions on his news site in blog format "The Online Photographer" from 28 November 2011, see the link in my original post # 1

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    Re: "Leica Compendium - Company, Cameras, Lenses" by Erwin Puts

    DN, Steen - thanks guys, but you know what ?
    I think Mr Puts owes me an errata !

    All the very best.
    Bart ...

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