Leica S-System CS Lens Woes Ahead?

We've heard some rumblings through the grapevine and are working to get additional confirmation and details... Which are sketchy, but from what we've heard, it is believed that something related to the manufacture of the Central Shutter (CS) in Leica's S-System CS lenses... Has been seriously affected. As a side-note, Copal was known since March to be ceasing production with their last run "late this year" - so the timing is right, but we don't believe at this time that they're connected. Read more below for details.

Behind Scenes with S on Red Cross Shoot

See the Leica S2 in action - Tom Stoddart of Reportage by Getty Images worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross on their latest campaign 'Towards a Solution'. Go behind the scenes of the shoot in this video to hear how it came about from conceptualization to execution. See here for the full story.

Behind the Scenes on the Red Cross Shoot

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 Updates S2/S2-P Firmware

Today Leica has released a new firmware update for the Leica S2/S2-P (vLLF016). Users who wish to update their camera can download the new firmware from the Owner's Area.

Firmware version LLF016 improves the performance of the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH lens.

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!

Markus Tedeskino on the CS S Lenses

On location at the beach in St. Peter Ording, Germany, Portrait Photographer Markus Tedeskino and his team use the Leica S2 with central shutter lenses to capture a ballet dancer in mid-jump.

Markus Tedeskino on the Leica Central Shutter S-Lenses in St. Peter Ording, Germany