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La Vida Leica Leads Photokina 2014 Coverage!

There's no doubt about it - this year's Leica Camera AG event at the Photokina 2014 show in Cologne, Germany was their biggest, by far. Releasing no less than eight cameras, eight lenses, a huge assortment of accessories, the Fotopark cloud service and a whole bunch of firmware updates. Even Zeiss and Voigtländer joined the party! La Vida Leica was proud to be the first website in the world with such complete coverage of all of these wonderful products. We'd like to thank our sources that helped make our predictions essentially 100% correct leading up to the big day! A lot of people didn't believe us... At first! We wish Leica Camera AG much success with their fantastic new products! Please enjoy the easy-to-browse product matrix at the top of our homepage to catch up on all the news. Read more below!

Epson Announces v800/v850 Flatbed Scanners

A lot of our readers are dyed-in-the-wool film shooters, be it 35mm with a Leica or 120 medium format. One range of scanners that's been super popular are the EPSON Perfection v700 Photo and v750-M Pro scanners. Especially when fitted with Doug's betterscanning.com enhancements. You can count us among the happy users of the v700 for film scanning! Well, at Photokina 2014 - EPSON (Stand B11, Hall 2.2) has announced the new successors, the v800 Photo and v850 Pro scanners. Both will be available as of October 2014! Read more below for details!


Voigtländer Announces Several M Lenses

Not one to sit idly by and let Zeiss and Leica have all the fun at Photokina 2014, Voigtländer today has announced a couple of M lenses that folks might be interested in. The first is the 35mm f/1.7 Ultron, which looks eerily similar to the 50mm f/1.5 Nokton. It will be available in chrome and black, and is pictured above. Comprised of 9 elements in 7 groups, it focuses down to .5m and it weighs 297g (chrome) and 226g (black). A lens hood is included, and the filter size is 43mm. Another lens announced today is the 15mm f/4.5 Aspheric Super Wide Heliar 2014 (which we don't have a picture for yet). It's an updated optical design of 11 elements in 9 groups, focusing down to .5m and gives improved performance and color shift handling for digital (or film) M cameras. The filter size 58mm. Finally, there's the 40mm f/2.8 Heliar pancake lens (pictured below) - a very slim and retro design. It will be the first to ship in October. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Tripod & Video Heads

Today at Photokina 2014, Leica introduced several new "wildlife and nature observation" accessories - namely the Leica Tripod C-170 and Video Heads VH1 and VH2. The tripod is lightweight and composed of magnesium and carbon. The Video Head VH1 is the smaller of the two and is particularly light; intended mainly for a spotting scope or binoculars. The heavier duty VH2 model is geared more for digiscoping and photography with larger lenses. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Several System Case Options

Leica today at Photokina 2014 has announced numerous new system cases (bags) from three different manufacturers. They include Artisan & Artist, Aneas of France and Schedoni of Italy. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Leica S-E Type 006)

While not so much a "new" camera, Leica today at Photokina 2014 has announced a refresh and renaming of the current Leica S (Type 006) camera, now called the Leica S-E (Type 006). It offers an ideal entry-level model for Leica S medium-format system. The camera provides practically all technical advantages of the Leica S (Type 006) and presents an attractive alternative within the Leica S-System. The new colour scheme, with a top deck in anthracite grey paint and a silver anodised shutter speed dial, adds even more to its attraction. Read more below for details!