New Leica M Monochrom Release Soon

Another La Vida Leica exclusive! The Leica M Monochrom, introduced in May of 2012, was a gamble on Leica's part that proved to be more successful than anticipated. A camera that its owners truly enjoy, from yours truly to Zack Snyder and Lenny Kravitz. The next iteration has been rumored for quite some time, to be based on the current Leica M (Type 240).

In light of revelations of sensor corrosion affecting the current sensors being utilized, it's more of a necessity at this point. We spoke with Stefan Daniels recently, who confirmed that no "permanent solution" has been found yet. One source told us it was supposed to be released at Photokina in September of 2014. That didn't happen, we're also told, because of issues surrounding the modification of the sensor to B&W only (though CMOSIS does offer B&W only versions of some sensors). In any event, it appears the wait may be over soon...

A different source has given us a June release time frame for the new Leica M Monochrom. We take that to mean that it will be announced in May (as the current version was) and become available in June. This will mark a somewhat typical release cycle for Leica, of three years. While they have stated in the past that they would go for a longer cycle, the sensor issue may have forced their hand and sped up the timeline a little.

We'll keep you posted, of course - so stay tuned!