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Leica Q (Type 116) Coming

Site digicame.info has another FCC-style leak for us. This time, it hints at a Leica Q (Type 116) camera. Read more below for details.

Leica Takes Two iF Design Awards

Leica Camera was awarded two of the coveted iF Design 2015 Awards in Munich on February 27, 2015 . The awards are sorted into five disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture and Professional Concept. Under each discipline are multiple categories, and in all - 75 awards are given out. The first award was for gold in the Product category, under "audio/video" for the Leica T camera. The second was a design award under the same category, for the Leica M "Edition 60" camera. Read more below for details!


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!

Leica Trade-up Program for M9/M9-P/M-E

Late last year, in a huge story on sensor corrosion that we covered here (and shared by over 30 sites worldwide), Leica publicly acknowledged the issue with some of the CCD sensors used in the M9, M9-P, M-E, and M Monochrom cameras, where corrosion (in the form of spots) may appear in images. They began replacing the defective sensors free of charge, and will continue to do so. A trade-up program was also mentioned, and now Leica has made official a trade-up offer allowing those with affected cameras to move up to either the Leica M (Type 240) or the M-P (Type 240). Read more below for details...

New Leica M-E and Summarit Set

Leica has announced a special new set which provides an "affordable" entry into the world of Leica M photography. The set consists of the Leica M-E camera, and both the Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 and Summarit-M 75mm f/2.5 lenses. Purchasing these items individually would cost $8,895 USD ($8,395 USD until March 31, 2015 when Leica’s promotion on M ($750) and lenses ($250) ends). This set is available for $6,500 USD, a savings of $2,395 USD!