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Leica Acquires Majority Stake in Leica Shop/Westlicht

Leica Camera AG today has announced that it has acquired majority stake (75%) of Leica Shop in Vienna, Austria. Connected to the purchase are two Leica stores and the Auction House Westlicht, also in Vienna. Financial details were not disclosed by the parties. The Leica Shop was founded by Peter Coeln 23 years ago. Alfred Schopf says of the acquisition, "The majority takeover of Peter Coeln GesmbH is a unique opportunity for the Leica Camera AG, to further expand and strengthen the perception of the Leica brand in this field, the presence in the market for collectibles. We also benefit from the extensive experience of Peter Coelns in the resale of old and new Leica products in auctions and in the online trading of used cameras." Read more below for the full press release!

Adobe Releases ACR 8.6 RC

Adobe Labs has released Adobe Camera Raw v8.6 RC for CC and CC 2014. Nothing of major importance for Leica shooters in this one, save for Leica M (Type 240) folks. A bug fix described as "Fix automatic lens profile selection for Leica M (Typ 240) when using most recent firmware version." You can download it for CS6 on the Adobe Labs page here. Read more below for full details!

Unique Leather Leica Keychains

Leica isn't just a camera, it's a lifestyle... So we're always on the lookout for cool stuff. Check out this unique leather Leica keychain which is made in Japan by Shiego Tanaka. They are organically tanned from the finest genuine leather, and use eco-friendly materials and non-toxic stains. They measure H27 x W45 x D25mm and weigh 15g. The ring is 25mm in diameter. Available for $18.99 USD with free shipping!


Manufacturing Report From Wetzlar

Russian site Look At Me ran a post called, "Report From the Leica Factory in Germany" (in Russian) which is mostly a series of photos from Getty Images taken behind the scenes at Wetzlar during manufacturing. Read more below for translation and all the photos!


Cameras Return to "Made in Wetzlar"

After a long time, and with much fanfare - Leica Camera AG has moved their HQ back to Wetzlar, Germany. What you perhaps may not have (yet) noticed, is that Leica cameras being produced in the new factory going forward are now sporting the appropriate return to "Leica Camera Wetzlar" engraved on the back! For a long time, they simply read "Leica Camera Made in Germany" (as seen below) and hasn't been seen on the M since the early Leica M6 models.


Leica Photokina 2014 Exhibition Concept

The theme of Leica's photo exhibition at the Photokina 2014 show this year in September will feature music and will include work from internationally renowned photographers such as Jim Marshall, Glen Craig, Jürgen Schade Berg, Anton Corbijn and more. Read more below for details!