One-on-one interviews with people; La Vida Leica exclusive and otherwise.

Kristian Dowling Talks with Alfred Schopf/Sunil Kaul

At The Digital Show 2013 in Melbourne, Australia our friend Kristian Dowling was lucky enough to meet up with Leica Camera CEO, Alfred Schopf and Leica Camera Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Sunil Kaul. They not only exhibited six of his pictures taken with the Leica M (type 240) at the event, but gave him a chance to ask a few questions. They cover the direction of Leica, the new Leica C camera, the new factory and even mentioned the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH issue that we covered.

It's a short piece, but well worth a read, as there's a lot of interesting and timely information. Read more below for highlights!

Exclusive Interview with Nikki Sixx

Today we have an exclusive for you! In conjunction with Walter Pretorius (of Walter Leica fame and who's behind the awesome Walter Eyepiece - see our promotion), we interviewed Nikki Sixx - a really great, down to Earth guy. Among his credits - he's an American musician, songwriter, author, fashion designer, and radio host, but perhaps best known as the co-founder and bassist of the band Mötley Crüe. Turns out, he's also an avid photographer and Leica shooter. So without further ado, our interview...

Focus Numerique Interviews Dr. Kaufmann

Must be interview week! Hot on the heels of The Whispered Interviews Stefan Daniel we have another. Focus Numerique offers an exclusive interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (translated into English via Google). Read more below for translation and bullet points:

Leica M as a Filmmaker’s Tool

Leica revealed their new M series camera at Photokina 2012. It marks the first time video has been implemented on a Leica M, with a brand new full frame 35mm CMOS sensor developed in Europe by CMOSIS. What M shooters probably never thought they'd hear is how it might work as a filmmaker's tool! Read more below for the details.

Interview with Jesko von Oeynhausen

Digital Photography Review interviews Jesko von Oeynhausen of Leica at Photokina 2012, which reveals some interesting tidbits. For example, Leica didn't want to call the new camera the M10, nor keep selling the M9 as-is so people wouldn't get the feeling that the "new" cameras make the old ones suddenly yesterday's news. Definitely worth a read.

Stefan Daniel Interview Offers Clues

In a new THEME interview with Stefan Daniel - he offers some tantalizing clues on the future direction of Leica, the "M10" and more. Read more below for the highlights of the interview.