Legal issues such as rights, law and the photographer, crimes, etc.

Calumet Photo Will Rise Again

Recall when we published news that Calumet Photo vanished in the U.S. Well, it seems that Calumet may rise from the ashes like a phoenix. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that "Calumet Photographic Sold to C&A Marketing" who paid $3.125 million in cash for the Calumet assets, including inventory. C&A Marketing is a bit of a scavenger; having won the right to make Polaroid-branded video cameras, accessories and other products after the 2008 bankruptcy filing. And in 2012, C&A Marketing acquired certain Ritz Camera stores and the company’s RitzPix online imaging business out of Ritz’s second bankruptcy filing. They're currently evaluating which stores to reopen and their “first priority” will be to rehire former Calumet employees. No word on when, but keep an eye out for developments. Read more below for more details and updates.


Another Break-in and Theft in London

Just a few months ago in October, we brought news of a break-in and Theft at Leica Store Mayfair - well, it seems the crackheads in London have struck again. This time at Red Dot Cameras. The break-in occurred during the night on April 24, 2014 and as a result, is closed today. Head on over to their website for a list of the stolen goods... Which consist of primarily lenses - a lot of lenses - and some cameras. The lenses include mostly Summarit but also quite a few big ticket Summilux and Noctilux lenses. Total worth is about $62k USD.


Leica Crime and Going CSI

Okay, this is a bit out there from our usual coverage, but it's interesting to see some of the other stuff Leica's involved in - especially when it makes news. However, this news is about Leica Geosystems, a totally separate company. The theft of a €25k Leica TM30 Tachymeter recently made waves in Germany. It was a snatch-and-grab right off a roadside construction site. Another device making the news is the new Leica ScanStation C10 which goes for a cool $150k and was recently bought by the St. Louis Metro East PD to help in their crime scene investigations. Leica... CSI-style! More than just cameras.

Calumet Photo Vanishes in the U.S.

Calumet, who's been in the photo industry for 75 years - today announced that they’re shutting down in the U.S. The company announced the closing on their Facebook page (and seen above) but their website and Twitter page are gone. Their YouTube page is still up however. Naturally, there's a fair amount of backlash in the comments on Facebook... As the employees were blindsided. They've filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listing less than $50K in assets and between $1M and $10M USD in liabilities in court documents.


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.

Leica Store Mayfair Hit with Theft

You may recall the Leica Store Thief Caught story a little while back... A man suspected of stealing almost $10k worth of Leica camera gear (a Leica M-E, Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens and a filter) has been arrested, according to owners of the Red Dot Cameras - a London shop which fell victim to the theft in May. Apparently, not everyone (namely the thief) read this and now Leica Store Mayfair has fallen victim to theft. Read more below for details.