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New Leica "CCDgate" Scandal Afoot?

Since as early as 2010, users have reported issues with "spots on the sensor" of their Leica M9 cameras (which only came out the previous year on September 9, 2009 - 9/9/9). While this is nothing new when it comes to digital photography, these "spots" seem to be of a more nefarious origin... So-called "corrosion of the sensor cover glass" as explained by Leica Camera AG marketing person J.J. Viau. There also seems to be some confusion or misinformation regarding the cleaning of these sensors. The impact is far-reaching, affecting the Leica M9, M9-P, M-E and M Monochrom cameras - the former two are now discontinued, but the latter two are still in production - and all use the same sensor, more or less. The message seems to be, whether or not you're wet cleaning your sensors - you could be on your own. Read more below for details and updates!

Leica Raising Prices on M/S Systems and Lenses

It's that time of year again... Time for Leica Camera AG to raise prices substantially on, well, almost everything in the Leica M and S systems. The Leica X, T, D-LUX and V-LUX are not affected, and the price change will take effect January 1, 2015. So if you want to take advantage of the ongoing rebates on Leica M (Type 240) and lenses - you'd better hurry. Read more below for the new pricing scheme.

Craig Semetko: How to Use a Leica M Camera

Craig Semetko offers this video on "How to Use a Leica M Rangefinder..."


Leica T Firmware Update v1.3

Leica today has released firmware v1.3 for the Leica T (from v1.2 in September). Many interesting updates and improvements are included in this release, including significantly faster startup time, improved image processing, bug fixes and general performance tweaks. You can download the firmware and instructions from Leica. Read more below for the complete list and press release.

Glass Facade at Leitz Park by Alfons Alt

Alfons Alt, the art photographer who lives in France, has designed and constructed a work of art in glass especially for the Leica headquarters in the Leitz Part in Wetzlar. The installation across the three-part window on the northern side of the foyer is a particularly eye-catching work and is a fascinating enrichment to the world of Leica experience. You can see more pictures here. Read more below!

Leica 17th Best Mid-sized German Company

Over on the German site Die Welt is an article called "These are the best medium-sized company in Germany" (in German). While Leica didn't make the top ten - they did place at number 17. Of the six consumer goods companies listed, they also ranked at the top. We already knew, but the article confirms that the M Monochrom has far outstripped its initial sales forecast - and that it sells primarily to professional photographers and the medical industry. An interesting read. An interesting read - see more below for translation!

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