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Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M Confirmed

Through multiple sources, we have confirmed that a Lenny Kravitz edition camera is coming now official (see below), and will drop in February. We don't know much more at this point, other than it will likely be a brass/brassed finish and nowhere near as cool as the Leica MP pictured below. He is of course, a Leica shooter and published a book called "Flash" which you can pre-order. Read more below for updates and photos!

Finding Your Muse

Today we are pleased to present the third guest post by John Tuckey (the first was "Into the Shadows" and the second "Essence of Earhart" if you missed them). If you're not aware, John Tuckey has, in a few short years, built a reputation for high quality monochrome images with a distinctive look heavily influenced by the golden era of Hollywood portraiture. You can read more about John, his work and workshops on his website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Be sure to also check out our recent review of his "101" workshop! Read more below for the article!

Exposure: Gustav Arnetz

Our latest Exposure photographer is Gustav Arnetz who was born in (and based out of) Stockholm, Sweden in 1983. He has always had an interest for photography - but started taking it more seriously a few years ago when he bought a pre-owned Leica M9. He loves taking pictures of people, and has been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Mexico City where he has been doing photo shoots with musicians. His camera of choice is a Leica M (Type 240) and a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. Catch up with Gustav on his website, Facebook and Twitter.


2014 German Camera Industry Sales Mixed

An interesting article, "German photo industry needs sales models with a future" (in German) on verbaende.com sheds some interesting light on the state of the industry over the last year. In 2014, the negative trend in the sales of the German photographic equipment industry could not be completely stopped. The negative downward trend of the previous year (-6.3%) was slowed down however, with a loss of 0.04 percent for the period of January to November 2014, at least in exports. There were significant losses in European business visible (-2.3 percent in the EU; -11.4 percent in the rest of Europe). Whereas the business with Asia and North America went up again, it seems (+2.9 percent Asia, +3.0 percent North America). Particularly significant was the growth of German exports to the countries of South Africa (+65%), United Arab Emirates (+73%), Brazil (+125%) and Qatar (+194%). Despite the strong growth, they still have a very small share of the overall market. Read more below.


Leica "Safari Edition" M-P Announced

Exclusive scoop! Today Leica Camera has announced a "Safari Edition" of the Leica M-P (Type 240) camera. The set includes the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, a new strap and a leather SD card holder. There will only be 1,500 sets worldwide and will sell for $9,990k USD (9,900 €) - you can pre-order here! This Safari Edition is actually a good deal - offering over $1,000 USD (500 €) in savings compared to purchasing the items separately (the M-P costs $8k and the Summicron costs $3k). The last cameras to receive this treatment were the Leica MP and X2 Olive LE for the opening of the Kyoto store a year ago in March 2014. Read more below for additional details and photos!

Transfer Leica M Video Over WiFi

Andrew Donnan shares his secret for transferring video from the Leica M (Type 240) over WiFi via the Toshiba FlashAir II SD card to the Olympus WiFi app. The transfer, not surprisingly - is slow (even at 720p) and the battery drain is heavy.