SHAWN C. STEINER, EXPLORA:
Founded more than one hundred years ago, Leica has become one of the most recognizable and significant brands in all of photography. Much of this recognition is because of the M series of rangefinder cameras and their proliferation among well-known photographers as one of the most effective tools for capturing intimate scenes, due to their compact size and high quality. Cartier-Bresson, Eisenstaedt, and countless other shooters created some of the most iconic images of the past century with Leica cameras, and even Steve Jobs referenced “a beautiful old Leica camera” when revealing the iPhone 4. Beyond this legacy, and the fact that the company creates stellar photographic tools, Leica as a whole made it into my list of things I love simply due to the fact that it continues to release cameras and lenses that feel good in the hand and simply work the way you would expect them to, without needing to fiddle with various settings.
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