My new book "Leica lens saga" has been received from the printer finally. It is a fresh look at the methods of design used for the Leica lens from Berek to Karbe. The information is new and nowhere else available. This is my approach: not repeating what every one knows already and expects to read. It follows the steps from opto-mechanical design to opto-mechatronics designs and from pre-computer to computer supported design. It really shows the backside of the lens.

The example file (content and introduction and part of the first chapter) can be downloaded here as a PDF.

The book is now available at a price of Euro 65 for worldwide shipping (including Europe) and Euro 50 for Netherlands and Belgium and for members of the Leica Fellowship England.

The book is a really limited edition.

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The book series is constructed like this:

  • Leica Chronicle: a review of the history of the leica company and its products (lenses and cameras) (sold out);
  • Leica Practicum: the theory and practice of Leica photography related to street photography and zone system (a few books still available);
  • Leica Lens Saga: what it means to design a Leica lens (now available);
  • Leica photography: techniques of Leica photography digital and film (to be announced for 2017).


I have made a digital edition of the Leica Practicum book. It is the exact format and content of the printed version with a fixed layout. This version is specifically for users of the iBooks format of Apple and can be installed on the computer, the I-pad and the I-phone.A second PDF file is now included in the package.There is no version for Kindle. The price of the digital version is € 40,00. After receiving the payment I will send a download link.









The Leica Chronicle (updated version 9/2014) is now available for download. You get two versions: a small PDF file and a larger iBooks file:  epub edition: € 20,00 (link).











I have made a digital edition of the Leica Compendium. It is the exact format and content of the printed version with a fixed layout. This version is specifically for users of the iBooks format of Apple and can be installed on the computer, the I-pad and the I-phone. A second PDF file is now included in the package.The price of this package is € 30,00. After receiving the payment I will send a download link.