Submitted by Double Negative on December 21, 2014 - 9:09am
Back at the end of August, the "Fake Leica" sculpture by Chinese artist Liao Yibai that was at the Leica Store Los Angeles sold. It was the largest of several such "Fake Leica" sculptures, and was listed for $1M USD. No word on if it did fetch that much or who bought it - but we have an idea. You may have heard the name Markus Persson. No? He's the guy that created the game Minecraft - which he recently sold to Microsoft for $2.5B USD. Turns out, he just bought a $70M USD house up in Beverly Hills. As you might expect, this mega-expensive bachelor pad comes complete with a raft of cars and art, including "a giant Leica camera." Doing the math, it seems this may just be where that sculpture ended up. One thing's for certain - it's got a sweet view of L.A. below. Read more below for details.
Submitted by Double Negative on December 19, 2014 - 5:21pm
Leica has quietly released what they bill as a "new edition of a legend" some three weeks ago. The film camera M3D. Based off of the current Leica M-A, albeit with a "reverse panda" look - black with chrome dials. It's based on the original Leica M3D, which was a very limited set of customized cameras; only four were made - and explains the "-5" in the name/photo above. This time, only 16 will be produced. Furthermore, it will have a film counter reminiscent of the M2, and both a film rewind knob and smaller shutter speed dial, complete with a cutout for a Leicameter. The rewind, frame preview and film wind levers are the old style. There even appears to be a PC sync port out back, a Leicavit on the bottom and a special edition Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens. All in all, a rather accurate reproduction - "new edition of a legend" indeed. Read more below for more details.
Submitted by Double Negative on December 19, 2014 - 9:07am
It's that time of year again... Time for Leica Camera AG to raise prices substantially (3.28% to as much as 28.39%) on, well, almost everything in the Leica M system. 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.
Submitted by Double Negative on December 18, 2014 - 6:18am
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.
Submitted by Double Negative on December 17, 2014 - 6:48am
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!
Submitted by Double Negative on December 16, 2014 - 3:02pm
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!