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Leica Announces New Generation of Summarit-M Lenses

Leica has announced a new generation of Leica Summarit-M-Lenses. In comparison with the previous models, these new lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 offer improved performance characteristics and new lens design. The range of focal lengths available in the Leica Summarit-M-Lens family remains the same, with 35, 50, 75 and 90 mm. For the first time, they are now available in a choice of black and silver anodised finishes. Read more below for details!


Leica Announces Leica M-A (Type 127)

Finally, after 14 years Leica Camera again announces a new rangefinder film camera – the Leica M-A (Type 127). The features are identical to the still available (and will remain that way!) Leica MP - but lacks exposure metering, a battery or any even electronics at all. The Leica M-A was actually introduced earlier as part of the Leica M "Edition 100" set introduced during the inauguration of the new Leitz Park in spring. We broke the news that this camera would be part of the regular line-up! This regular version will be available in black or silver chrome and available from authorized Leica dealers starting October 2014. The price in Germany is 3,850 €, international prices will be announced later. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Leica M Edition 60

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Leica M, Leica Camera has introduced the limited, special edition Leica M Edition 60. The set includes a Leica M-P (Type 240) and a Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens - both special versions created by Audi Design. Though the camera has the inner workings of the Leica M-P, the handling was changed radically... It has no display – the photographer can change only the bare functions required for digital photography: shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity. The Leica M Edition 60 will be available from Leica Stores and Boutiques starting October 2014, with a price of 15,000 €. Read more below for details!

Leica T Firmware Update v1.2

Leica has released a new firmware update, v1.2 (from v1.1), for the Leica T! Specific download links below or just hit the download area - it primarily includes many new features that further simplify the overall operation of the Leica T camera system and thereby provide even more creative possibilities. Hopefully it addresses some of the issues we discovered in our recent Hands-on with the Leica T (Type 701). Originally, Leica was seeking beta testers for this release, but decided instead to push it out for Photokina 2014. Read more below for details!

Leica Store Kyoto - A Report

Our Twitter friend Jeremiah Rogers was traveling to Kyoto, Japan - so of course we suggested that he check out Leica Store Kyoto. Turns out it was a great experience and one he truly enjoyed. Check out some more info on those olive limited edition MP and X2 cameras.
Other than the insanely expensive cameras the internal architecture of the Kyoto Leica store is fascinating. Just you might imagine an Apple store could be if it had lower volume. The upstairs is literally a gallery showing photography made with Leica cameras.

Schopf: Japanese Shooting Themselves in Knee

In an article over on Die Welt where they interview Alfred Schopf of Leica in, "The Japanese are shooting themselves in the foot from a marketing perspective" (in German) are some interesting tidbits. For example, the Leica M-E is selling better than anyone thought; some 300-350 per month. He goes on to say that releasing new cameras every six months only serves to frustrate customers and doubts we'll see 60MP cameras any time soon. The big news is that he confirms what we've told you - successors to the S and X2 cameras will be announced at Photokina 2014! Read more below for details and translation!

Leica Photo Cloud Service Website?

It seems there's another tidbit of Leica news pre-Photokina 2014. It seems that Leica Camera AG has registered the domain leica-fotopark.com. Could it be the cloud service we mentioned a while back? This domain was registered not long ago - on June 6, 2014. Read more below for details!