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Leica Camera AG Gobbles Up Sinar

Once again, we were the first to break the news!

On Monday (November 25, 2013) Leica Camera AG has finalized the takeover (in German) of the Swiss professional camera manufacturer Sinar Photography AG, Zurich, the Swiss manufacturer of view cameras. Both companies have agreed that the details of the transaction will not be disclosed. Sinar Photography AG is the leading manufacturer of equipment for professional view camera photography and the only provider in this segment to offer complete digital solutions for view camera photographers. The Sinar product portfolio offers everything from cameras and lenses to digital backs, shutter systems and workflow software. Marketing, product management, support, development and production will remain in the hands of Sinar in Switzerland. Sales and distribution of the product portfolio will be handled by Leica Camera AG and the worldwide dealer network of Sinar Photography AG. Read more below for additional details.

Leica Lens Price Increase Looming

Coming up soon, on January 1, 2014 - the price on many Leica M (and two S) lenses will increase. This is practically an annual occurrence and shouldn't really come as a surprise. Price increases range from $55 to an eye watering $500. On the bright side, the lenses you already own have just gained value... Read more below for the full list of lenses and prices:


Leica Expands Pro Support with S Rentals

Leica is expanding its professional support and provides a complete portfolio of the digital medium format Leica S-System at three locations in Germany, ready for rental. Leica partners in the Hamburg region are Knackscharf GmbH & Co KG and the Delight Rental Services GmbH in Berlin, Stuttgart and Marbella. Both rental firms have years of experience and offer the rentals on all current products from the Leica S-System. Read more below for details!

Leica Lens Shootout on Sony A7/A7R

We don't really want to get caught up in the Sony A7/A7R frenzy, but be that as it may - a lot of Leica shooters might be looking at them keenly. Some are even suggesting they are Leica's nightmare (to which we don't subscribe). Ron Scheffler has given us a Sony a7 torture test with Leica, Zeiss, Voigtlander rangefinder lenses - long and short of it - you can forget the A7.

Vanity Fair Interview with Newson and Ive

You may recall that on Tuesday we brought you the story, Leica (RED) M Revealed! (which we've also updated) about the collaboration between Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson to produce the Leica (RED) M camera, set to auction on November 23, 2013 via Sotheby's. The pair have selected or made more than 40 objects for an auction to benefit Bono’s (of U2 fame) Product (RED) anti-H.I.V. campaign. Meeting with Newson and Ive, Paul Goldberger explores the shared obsession and philosophy behind everything from iPhones to jumbo-jet interiors in Vanity Fair's "Designing Men" article.

Peter Karbe Seminar in Singapore

In photography, lenses often play an unassuming role in capturing the moment. But unknown to most, lenses interpret the light streaming into the camera and have an important part to play in shaping the photo. Peter Karbe, Chief Optical Designer with Leica Camera AG (since 2002), will deliver a one-night-only seminar to discuss the challenges met through the years of optics design and how Leica has stood at the forefront to maintain itself as the world's leading lens designers for cameras. Karbe, you may recall, was instrumental in the introduction of the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH, Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH, Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH and X Vario/Vario-Elmar lenses. Read more below for the details!