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Leica Gifts MM - Controversy Ensues

RocketNews24 (Japan) has an interesting article called "Tsunami survivor’s Y1.2 mil camera: heart-felt gift or PR stunt?" -- about an 18-year-old high school student from Miyagi Prefecture’s Shiroishi city. She began high school just weeks after the 2011 tsunami -- which tore through her town, destroying much of it and killing many of her classmates. Read more below about the controversy that followed - along with more on that fancy red APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens.

Leica Special Event in Berlin on April 24!

Leica is promising a "special highlight" on April 24, 2014 in Berlin at 7pm... Telling us to keep the evening free and be excited. It's definitely going to include the new mirrorless camera we mentioned earlier. That being the case, one or more lenses to go with it shouldn't be unexpected. Read more below, which has all the info and is chock full of updates on what to expect!

Street Photos: Leica M9 + Kuala Lampur

Julie over on Le Blog Des Carnets De Traverse shared with us a wonderful, extensive set of street photos in "Street Photos: Leica M9 + Kuala Lampur" (in French). As the title alludes, they were all taken with the Leica M9 and Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH lens (shot wide open almost exclusively). A colorful snapshot of life there - merci, Julie!

PC Magazine Reviews Zeiss ZMs

If you're a regular of this site, you've probably seen our reviews of the Zeiss ZM lenses (2,8/25, 2/35, 1,5/50, 2/50 and overview). Today, Jim Fisher over on PC Mag has posted a slew of mini-reviews on most ZM lenses as well; check them out - 4/18, 2,8/21, 4,5/21, 2,8/25, 2,8/28, 2/35, 2,8/35, 2/50 and 4/85 ZMs.

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Photozone Reviews the Noctilux

Photozone.de has just added their latest Leica lens review - the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH. They clearly use a hard-number approach to quantify the technical aspects of the lens, and of course mention the price. Most users of this lens don't really regard any of that, instead going by the defining look that it lends to our images. Nevertheless, an interesting read just to see what's behind that look. As they remind us, it's not the most expensive (or fastest) lens that's the best. You'll recall that we have our own review of the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH as well.

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Leica Summicron-C Lenses Are Here

Jon Fauer over at Film & Digital Times is reporting that the newest Leica cine lenses, the Summicron-C, are now available. Similar to the still camera lenses, the new Summicron-C lenses are T2.0 while the existing Summilux-C lenses are T1.4. This first release consists of six lenses (18, 25, 35, 50, 75 and 100mm) and will grow to ten (adding 21, 29, 40, and 135mm). The Summicron-C lenses are about 30% shorter and 20% lighter than the Summilux-C... Which is pretty impressive. Read more below for details.

Theft of $500K in Leica Cine Lenses

CPT Rental Inc. based out of Long Island City, NY is reporting that $500K USD worth of Leica Summilux-C (cine) lenses were stolen off of a shoot being conducted by Doug Emmet in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The incident is currently being investigated by detective Craig Marquez of the LAPD (case # 13022294) and can be reached at (213) 484-3479. The FBI is also involved. Any information or tips would be greatly appreciated. Read more below for lenses and serial numbers.

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