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Leica Pays Dividend for the First Time Since 1997

Leica Camera AG, Solms, finished the 2010/2011 financial year (1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011) with record sales. With total sales of €248.8 m, the Hessian company with a long tradition of manufacturing cameras and sport optics products increased its sales by 57.2% compared to the previous year (€158.2 m). The company’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were almost six times higher. They rose from €7.4 m in the previous financial year to €41.5 m. The group profit was also higher than expected at €36.3 m, more than 11 times higher than the previous year (€3.2 m). At the company’s AGM on 12 August 2011, the board and supervisory board will propose that the shareholders distribute a dividend of €0.30 per share as a result of the positive balance. This would be the company’s first dividend payment since 1997...

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Zeiss Discusses the Planar Lens Design

If you don't follow Zeiss' CLN, or Camera Lens News blog - it's worth checking out. They don't put out a lot of material, but what they do is usually a good read. This entry is one of their better ones...

Leica Expects Moderate Growth After Record Year

The Leica Camera 2011/2011 Annual Report is out (but only in German presently). In a nutshell, from FinanzNachrichten.de...

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Removing Photo Credit a DMCA Violation

Interesting... A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has reinstated a photographer's copyright lawsuit against a New Jersey radio station owner, after finding that a lower court came to the wrong decision on every issue in the case...

Leica Releases v2.014 Firmware for M8

Today Leica has released the latest firmware for the M8, v2.014. You can download it here, along with the instructions and a list of the improvements. The improvements for this release are...

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