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Leica Extends and Expands Discounts

You may have heard of the recent price increase on M system and accessories set to drop at the end of January - effectively putting an end to the currently running $750 discount on Leica M and $250 on M lenses. Leica has extended this discount until March 31, 2015, which only makes sense as that's how long the You and Leica M test drive runs, which was renewed for this year.

Leica is now also offering the $750 discount towards the purchase of a new Leica M Monochrom (in silver or black) - this offer is only valid in the U.S. and Canada, however. What this means is that, like we've said earlier - there's no new M Monochrom model coming just yet (as some sites might have you believe). It's very likely that Leica is clearing their inventory, however... It was supposed to be announced at Photokina, so way late.

Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M Confirmed

Through multiple sources, we have confirmed that a Lenny Kravitz edition camera is coming now official (see below), and will drop in February. We don't know much more at this point, other than it will likely be a brass/brassed finish and nowhere near as cool as the Leica MP pictured below. He is of course, a Leica shooter and published a book called "Flash" which you can pre-order. Read more below for updates and photos!

Leica Raising Prices on M System and Accessories

We already posted Leica Camera AG's price increase in Europe on M cameras and lenses but here's the official U.S. price increase. For all sport optics products, the new pricing is in effect immediately. For photography equipment, the new pricing goes into effect on February 1, 2015. Food for thought; the Leica M (Type 240) is going up $950 USD (but don't forget the $750 USD discount currently in effect) - so essentially going up $200 USD. Read more below for the details and important update!

Leica Raising Prices on M System and Lenses

It's that time of year again... Time for Leica Camera AG to raise prices substantially (3.28% to as much as 28.39%) on, well, almost everything in the Leica M system. The Leica X, T, D-LUX and V-LUX are not affected, and the price change will take effect January 1, 2015. So if you want to take advantage of the ongoing rebates on Leica M (Type 240) and lenses - you'd better hurry. Read more below for the new pricing scheme.

A Look at Bokeh Kings

Bill Rosauer, a past President of the Leica Historical Society of America and current editor of Viewfinder, the quarterly journal of the LHSA since 2000 - has taken a really neat, in-depth look at many Leica lenses... Searching for the "Bokeh Kings" among them. As the concept of bokeh is entirely subjective, it is impossible to objectively define or quantify it as you can with other lens characteristics such as resolution. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the same goes for bokeh... What's good? What's bad? You be the judge!

Details on the Refreshed Summarit Lenses

During our leading coverage of Leica at Photokina 2014, one of the great new products we posted about were the new generation of Summarit-M Lenses. In a La Vida Leica exclusive, we had a chance to talk with Stefan Daniel and Jesko Oeynhausen of Leica Camera AG to clarify a few things about them - as many people had asked us for details. Read more below to find out!