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Gagosian Reopens - Limited Edition Leica X2

The Gagosian Gallery in New York has announced that the Gagosian Boutique on Madison Avenue, is to reopen. To mark the occasion, products by German brand Leica Camera are to be on sale in the shop. Leica Camera, which is associated mainly with artistic photography, is working with the Gagosian Gallery on the creation of a limited edition camera, which is to be sold exclusively in the Gagosian Boutique as of December 2013. As one of the two exclusive Leica Boutique dealers in New York City, Gagosian Shop features an in-house display with a full product assortment. The dedicated Leica display features the new X Vario, X2, X2 à La Carte, V-LUX 4 and D-LUX 6 including complementary accessories. In addition, select sport optics are available for sale, including the Monovid close-focus monocular and Ultravid compact binoculars.

Panasonic and Leica to Bolster Partnership?

Could we see more Leica-branded Panasonic cameras in the future? Panasonic Corp. is considering bolstering its business partnership with Leica Camera AG and supplying the German camera maker with high-end digital cameras, as it looks to shore up its flagging digital camera business, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. As many of you may know, Panasonic makes several models for Leica, which they "re-brand." A good recent example of this is the Leica C (Type 112) which is a Panasonic LF1 underneath - given the Light-gold and Dark-red Leica treatment.

Paying More for the Leica Name

In the article "Paying More for the Leica Name" the New York Times once again brings up the notion of Leica as a luxury brand, status symbol and a product with a premium price (sound familiar?). All they're missing is a celebrity connection. This time, the focus of their ire is the new Leica C (Type 112) and how it compares to the similar Panasonic LF1 upon which it's based. To be fair, they mention the fact that the camera comes with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (which retails for $140 USD) and brings the difference in price between it and the Panasonic LF1 down from $200 to about $60. The Leica C also comes with a two year warranty and custom firmware. The Leica C is available in Light-gold and Dark-red now. Read more below for video.

Leica Seeking Out Younger Customers

China News/ECN is reporting that "Leica Seeks Out Younger Customers" - you may recall that Leica just opened its fifth Chinese store in Beijing on September 9th, unveiling its new compact digital camera Leica C Type 112 with built-in WiFi, and even a new app for iOS/Android called Image Shuttle. It is suggested that this camera is the new gateway to Leica - "We want to attract young people to use Leica by launching the economic Leica C. After they use it, they will go to other Leica products," said Sunil Kaul (Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific).

Leica C Image Shuttle App for iOS/Android

Leica has just introduced the new C Image Shuttle app for the iOS and Android platforms. The application allows remote control of Leica digital cameras equipped with WiFi (like the Leica C Type 112) using a smartphone or tablet. The following functions are available: remote control including a Live View picture of the camera on your smartphone or tablet, browse and display images saved to your card, control shooting and image settings, up/download images between your camera and your control device. Right now it only supports the Leica C (Type 112) but we expect to see more supported in the future. Read more below for screenshots!

Adobe Adds Leica C Support to ACR/LR

Adobe has released Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.2 which feature support for the new Leica C (Type 112) camera (among others; read more for full list) and the Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH, respectively. Here are the direct download links: