Rumor

Rumors from around the Leicasphere.

New Product Directions for Leica

As we've written about earlier, Oliver Kaltner takes over as CEO of Leica Camera AG, effective today, April 1, 2015. Apparently his extensive background in marketing will have an impact on the future of Leica as well. Some well-placed sources have shared with us a few startling new product directions that will soon take effect, in an effort to boost flagging sales of late. Read more below for the revelations!

New Leica M Monochrom Release Soon

Another La Vida Leica exclusive! The Leica M Monochrom, introduced in May of 2012, was a gamble on Leica's part that proved to be more successful than anticipated. A camera that its owners truly enjoy, from yours truly to Zack Snyder and Lenny Kravitz. The next iteration has been rumored for quite some time, to be based on the current Leica M (Type 240). Read more below!

Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH Delays

The Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH was rumored for over two years - ever since the 6-bit code for it was discovered in an M9 firmware update in July 2012. The lens finally made its appearance in September 2014 at Photokina as part of the Leica M "Edition 100" set and only in a stainless steel finish. Typically, it would become generally available in the usual black anodized aluminum or silver chrome plated brass finishes... But it hasn't. So where is it? From what we understand, Leica is having issues of scale with this lens, namely a similar phenomenon as the trouble with the APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. There also seem to be some design hurdles with machining new barrels out of something other than stainless steel - such as the aluminum and brass usually used. It's coming, but it might take a bit longer.

Leica Q (Type 116) Coming

Site digicame.info has another FCC-style leak for us. This time, it hints at a Leica Q (Type 116) camera. Read more below for details.

Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming!

The long awaited Adobe Lightroom 6 is just about (finally) upon us - it's set to drop on March 9, 2015 April 21, 2015 if the latest rumors are true! French website fnac.com leaked the pic and the specs a bit early (and is still up). The price came in at 130€ (~$150 USD). A busy time for Adobe, as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop as well. Read more below for full details!

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!

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