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!
Submitted by Double Negative on December 15, 2014 - 11:40am
Leica Camera Japan announced a new, limited edition Leica M Monochrom "Silver Engrave" model that will be available only in Japan - and only 30 units will be produced. It will be available as of December 20, 2014. The price is ¥972,000 ($8,200 USD). The Leica M Monochrom "Silver Engrave" model will have the Leica script engraved on the top cover - the regular Leica M Monochrom model does not this; only the product name stamped on the hot shoe. Starting on March 1, 2015 Leica Camera Japan will start offering a classic logo stamp service for Leica M Monochrom and Leica M-E cameras (so you could, essentially, make your own "limited edition").
Submitted by Double Negative on December 8, 2014 - 5:28pm
There's a new Leica Store in Paris at 105 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. This new flagship store has a total area of 170 m2, which hosts more space for sales and consulting, a photo gallery, a bookshop, a Leica Academy as well as new windows dedicated to derivatives and Leica accessories. The gallery will host 4-5 exhibitions per year, of young talents and established artists working wholly or partly with Leica equipment. The gallery is a place open to the diversity of contemporary art, photographic and artistic looks. A library will allow customers to discover a selection of books selected from the best publishers - Xavier Barral, Watermarks, Andre Brothers, Steidl, Phaidon, Only Photography, Mack... Some of them are part of the selection "Martin Parr", carried out for Leica Camera AG. The current exhibition is the artist Dolores Marat, and you can admire a selection of his paintings at the fully drawn Fresson Workshop; a poetic journey into a colorful world with delicate lights. More pictures in this Facebook gallery
Submitted by Double Negative on December 3, 2014 - 9:49am
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!
Submitted by Double Negative on December 1, 2014 - 7:55pm
In a not entirely surprising move, Leica Camera AG, through their newly create subsidiary Leica Camera Frankfurt GmbH - has acquired Rahn AG Foto & Fine Art located in Frankfurt. The business activities of Rahn AG will continue as before and its directors Qaiser R. Malik and Nicolas Uhl, the grandson of the company founder Georg Rahn, now hold slightly more than 25 per cent of Leica Camera Frankfurt GmbH - and have been appointed its managing directors. Leica Camera AG thus holds almost 75 per cent of the company’s shares. All parties have agreed that no financial details will be disclosed. More or less the exact same deal was done when Leica Acquired Majority Stake in Leica Shop/Westlicht in Austria back in July. Read more below for details.