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Today in Gear: November 17, 2014

Today in Gear: Suitsupply’s new Fall/Winter collection, a rare Leica prototype up for auction, new drivers from Taylormade and more.

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A German grand tourer requires grand style

Kit: Mercedes-Benz 280 SL “Pagoda”

You’re the guy who gets respect the subtle way. You don’t demand it; you’re not the showy type. It’s also how you choose your cars, which is why you’ll drive the 280 SL “Pagoda”. It’s elegant and beautiful without barking for attention — an under-the-radar grand tourer that looks just as good parked at the hunting club as it does at the finest restaurant in town. Our kit for this gentleman’s car will keep you stylish, comfortable and classic…just like the vehicle you’ve chosen for your stable.

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aperture buddies

Breakdown: Valbray EL1 Chrono for Leica

For their 100th anniversary, Leica teamed up with Valbray, an independent Swiss watchmaker, to create a commemorative timepiece based on Valbray’s signature Oculus diaphragm system.

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Meet this year's hottest new shooters

The New Camera Class of 2014: DSLR Alternatives

In just a few short years the world of photography has been turned upside down, and the advent of the iPhone and other innovations like mirrorless cameras has created a dizzying array of options. We take a look at the latest new class of cameras, none of them DSLRs, but all capable and unique in their own right.

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Today in Gear: April 28, 2014

Today in gear we examine, Leica’s new T system, the wine bottle reinvented, carbon fiber wrenches, Sony’s STR-DN1050 Receiver and James Perse towels.

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Today in Gear: October 14, 2013

Leica M by Jony Ive and Marc Newsom for (RED) For anyone who’s wanted Jony Ive (of Apple design fame) to pair up with industrial designer Marc Newson and craft a special edition Leica M camera to be sold at auction to benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, your rig has arrived. The pair of…

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Hope you don't have a fixed income

Prime Time: 5 Best Fixed-Lens Cameras

There was a time when photographers didn’t carry nine different lenses with their camera, a time when one wide-angle lens was enough to get an adroit photographer through the day because he realized that sometimes the best way to zoom in was to damn well walk closer to his subject. While most of us like having a versatile zoom lens, there’s something to be said for having only one focal length: when you shoot with a fixed focal length camera, you don’t take pictures, you take photographs. We’ve rounded up the top six “fixies” to get you started on your path towards being an artisan.

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Reflecting on the best

More For (Mirror)less: 6 Best Mirrorless Cameras

When in 2004 Epson released the R-D1, the world’s first mirrorless digital camera, photographers weren’t sure what to make of it. Ten years later every major camera company has thrown their proverbial hat into the mirrorless ring. In fact, with digital sensors equal to those found in DSLRs, interchangeable pro-quality lenses, and magnesium-alloy construction, mirrorless cameras are quickly becoming the choice of many professionals looking to downsize their gear. It’s safe to say 2014 will be the year of the mirrorless camera, and we’ve rounded up our favorites to help you prepare.

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Today in Gear: June 4, 2013

Craighton Berman Manual Coffeemaker No. 1 This pour-over single-cup brewer takes clear direction from the Chemex design. We can’t knock that. The whole process can be viewed through crystal clear glass, and coffee brews directly into the cup from which it will be savored; the base catches drips and provides insulation. Look for it on…

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Don't Call Them Point-and-Shoots

Tiny Titans: 5 Best Enthusiast Compact Cameras

The point-and-shoot market may have hit a smartphone camera iceberg, but the ship hasn’t sunk yet. In fact, bitter competition has sped up the photography arms race, producing a wide field of top-tier compact cameras with big sensors — at a better price. Boasting image quality more than good enough to be deemed professional, these cameras can be a useful tool for the prosumer and feverish enthusiast alike, providing an infinitely more portable, all-in-one option rather than bulky DSLRs while sharing many of the same features and image quality.

That said, it’s up to you sharpen the focus on what you really need. We don’t mind walking a few steps to get the right shot — so our choices hone in on the best compact cameras that sport big sensors, fixed lenses and fast focusing. There’s a big field of small shooters; we’re here to slim it all down to the cream of the crop.

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Optimal Prime

5 Best 35mm Prime Lenses

It’s easy to think that a bag full of lenses is a good thing — hell, there’s one for nearly every possible use. But what exactly is the perfect lens? In our book, it’s the tried and true 35mm. A perfect medium between wide and normal perspectives, the 35mm lens stands as an indispensable gem for pro shooters and hobbyists alike. As the staple of prime lenses (fixed focus), there’s no shortage of lofty offerings, but owning a Canon or Nikon camera doesn’t mean that brand has a stranglehold on the lenses you can shoot with. In fact, recent offerings have proven that the third party lens is a force to be reckoned with (case in point: the Sigma above). Here, we present five of the best 35mm lens offerings available today that aren’t Canon, Nikon or Sony. Consider it a fresh look on an old-school perspective.

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Milestone

Leica M Rangefinder

The Leica M is a new flagship rangefinder from the venerable photography brand that carries the torch from the Leica M9. Its biggest upgrade lies in a new 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor that’s designed to work specifically with Leica R-series lenses, maintaining the same luscious color characteristics while boasting better low-light performance and power management…

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Land Lover

Patina: Polaroid Land Camera 210

Looking at old Polaroids evokes a certain feeling. Childhood galavanting and family road trips come to mind. In the modern era of megapixels and digital cameras though, Polaroids still take awe-inspiring photos (look what’s inspired Instagram filters). Browse through Craigslist, eBay, your local thrift shop, or KEH.com and you’ll find lots of older Polaroid Land…

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Monochromeo

Leica M Monochrom

What’s black and white and has lust all over it? This guy. Meet the Leica M Monochrom Camera ($7,950). Built off the M9 full-frame rangefinder, the M Monochrom will shoot as many colors as your heart desires, so long as they’re between the ranges of black and white. And of course, carrying the lofty burden…

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Bokeh-fest

Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/.95

Camera gear is a slippery slope. Between bodies, lenses, cases, flashes, and mounts you’re lucky to get an ideal outfit without losing your shirt. However, once you’ve been bitten with the bug for fast glass (lenses) the rabbit hole truly widens. One lens we’ve been itching to get our hands on with is the impossibly…

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There's No Game Leica Golf

Leica Pinmaster II Range Finder

Their cameras have been known to improve the shots of photographers, so the question is, can this update to their high-performance range finder do the same for your golf game? Upgrades to the new model include an improved LED read-out, which can provide accurate measurements for up to 825 yards (that’d be one hell of…

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Because the M9 Doesn't Fit In Your Pocket

Leica V-Lux 20

Based off the cheaper and better equipped Panasonic ZS7 ($345), the V-Lux 20 should fulfill its duty as a Leica compact point & shoot. That is, once the lights and music have faded, and the sobering realization that carrying a $7,000 M9 is neither practical or cavalier. The matte-black superzoom features a 12.1 megapixel 25-300mm…

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Leica D-Lux 3

Portable digital cameras are nice. They’re compact and handy. SLR cameras are nice because they take photos that look ridiculously nice. Sometimes you can’t have the best of both worlds, but it’s not impossible to get close. The D-Lux 3 from Leica has a 10 megapixel 16:9 4x optical zoom lens (28mm-112mm) with built in…