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Leica Camera in Trouble Over Video in China

A video posted on April 16, 2019 by Brazilian ad agency F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi a few days ago has landed Leica Camera in hot water in China, essentially making them persona non grata on Weibo (China's version of Twitter). The Chinese government banned the word ‘Leica’ in both English and Chinese and people who tried posting messages with the word ‘Leica’ received “warnings that they were violating laws, regulations or the Weibo community guidelines.” Read more below!
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Leica Announces Leica Q2

Leica Camera AG today has announced the new Leica Q2 - offering a 47.3MP full-frame sensor (over the Leica Q 24.2MP sensor) capable of DCI and UHD 4K video recording. The lens remains a 28mm f/1.7 (with built-in crops to simulate other focal lengths). The EVF has been upgraded from a field-sequential LCD to an OLED panel with 3.68M dots. The Leica Q2 is the same size as the Leica Q but boasts the same IP52 weather-resistance rating as the Leica SL with a new internal structure to support weather sealing. The camera's controls have been somewhat simplified, and drive mode options have been removed from the power switch. WiFi and Bluetooth are both available and finally, the Leica Q2 gets a higher-capacity battery (also from the Leica SL), getting up to 370 shots per charge. The price comes in at $4,995 USD. Read more below for all the details!

Zenit and Leica Partner on New "M"

A day after Leica Camera AG announced it was teaming up with Panasonic and Sigma on the L mount - Zenit showed off the '"M" - a Zenit-designed, Leica manufactured camera that's essentially an M (Typ 240). They're made side-by-side in Wetzlar. It will ship later this year or early 2019 for "between 4-5,000 Euros" and comes with the Zenitar 35mm f/1.0 lens, in either chrome or black. Read more below.

New Leica Products at Photokina 2018

Leica Camera has five exciting announcements that were unveiled at Photokina, including a groundbreaking, industry-setting L-mount, a new mobile application, Leica FOTOS, the Leica S3, firmware updates and a new color option for the Leica CL. Read more below!

Wim Wenders - Photography is Dead

Renowned German film director and photographer Wim Wenders has hit out at phone "photography." Speaking at an exhibition of his Polaroid works, he said photography was dead and thinks mobile phones are to blame. Read more and check out the video below...

Leica Announces L1/L2 Mechanical Watches

Leica Camera and luxury design house and manufacturer The Ernst Leitz Werkstätten have created a completely new and exclusive product line: two mechanically complex and sophisticated watches. The LEICA L1 and the LEICA L2 will initially be available for the launch of the Leica Watch. Both variants, designed by Professor Achim Heine, draw their design inspiration from the creativity, precision and the hallmarks of Leica. Design and technology complement each other perfectly in the Leica watches: both the front glass and the back case cover are made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with the front being anti-reflective on both sides. Each model also has the patented push-piece crown with a corresponding status display on the dial. Both models will be available in selected Leica Stores as well as at watch dealers worldwide from autumn 2018. Read more below...

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