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Leica Raising Prices on M System and Accessories

We already posted Leica Camera AG's price increase in Europe on M cameras and lenses but here's the official U.S. price increase. For all sport optics products, the new pricing is in effect immediately. For photography equipment, the new pricing goes into effect on February 1, 2015. Food for thought; the Leica M (Type 240) is going up $950 USD (but don't forget the $750 USD discount currently in effect) - so essentially going up $200 USD. Read more below for the details and important update!

Leica Raising Prices on M System and Lenses

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.

A Look at Bokeh Kings

Bill Rosauer, a past President of the Leica Historical Society of America and current editor of Viewfinder, the quarterly journal of the LHSA since 2000 - has taken a really neat, in-depth look at many Leica lenses... Searching for the "Bokeh Kings" among them. As the concept of bokeh is entirely subjective, it is impossible to objectively define or quantify it as you can with other lens characteristics such as resolution. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the same goes for bokeh... What's good? What's bad? You be the judge!

Details on the Refreshed Summarit Lenses

During our leading coverage of Leica at Photokina 2014, one of the great new products we posted about were the new generation of Summarit-M Lenses. In a La Vida Leica exclusive, we had a chance to talk with Stefan Daniel and Jesko Oeynhausen of Leica Camera AG to clarify a few things about them - as many people had asked us for details. Read more below to find out!

Voigtländer Announces Several M Lenses

Not one to sit idly by and let Zeiss and Leica have all the fun at Photokina 2014, Voigtländer today has announced a couple of M lenses that folks might be interested in. The first is the 35mm f/1.7 Ultron, which looks eerily similar to the 50mm f/1.5 Nokton. It will be available in chrome and black, and is pictured above. Comprised of 9 elements in 7 groups, it focuses down to .5m and it weighs 297g (chrome) and 226g (black). A lens hood is included, and the filter size is 43mm. Another lens announced today is the 15mm f/4.5 Aspheric Super Wide Heliar 2014 (which we don't have a picture for yet). It's an updated optical design of 11 elements in 9 groups, focusing down to .5m and gives improved performance and color shift handling for digital (or film) M cameras. The filter size 58mm. Finally, there's the 40mm f/2.8 Heliar pancake lens (pictured below) - a very slim and retro design. It will be the first to ship in October. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Two New T Lenses

Today at Photokina 2014, Leica has announced two high-performance lenses for the Leica T camera system at Photokina 2014 - the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-T 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH wide-angle lens and the Leica APO Vario-Elmar-T 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH telephoto lens. Read more below for details!

Leica Announces Silver Summilux/Noctilux Lenses

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, now offers two of the fastest Leica M-Lenses, the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., in an alternative silver anodised finish. The technical specifications of both lenses are identical to those of their serially produced counterparts. Whether in classic black or elegant silver, the two lenses offer exceptional imaging performance and enormous versatility, particularly when shooting in available light. Read more below for details!

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