• Every two years, the world of Leica is thrown into a frenzy as Photokina approaches. Over the last decade, Leica has consistently introduced a range of new and exciting cameras and accessories at the show. While I […]

    • Yes, the Leica M-P (Typ 240) does show focus peaking in the EVF2 (and it shows it on the rear LCD as well when you are not using the EVF).

  • Today, Leica Camera has announced the new Leica M-P (Typ 240) camera in black paint and silver chrome. Similar in concept to the Leica M9-P and Leica M8.2, the Leica M-P (Typ 240) offers a number of new features and enhancements over the current Leica M (Typ 240). The new features include:

    • Rear LCD screen made from scratch-resistant sapphire glass
    • Larger, 2GB image buffer for longer continuous shooting
    • Classic Leica look with removal of red Leica dot and “M” logo
    • Leica script writing on top plate
    • Frame line selector lever has been added
    • Info button, directional pad, and thumb wheel “blacked out” on black paint model
    • Removal of “Leica Camera Made in Germany” from rear of top plate

    One feature that stands out is the increase in the camera’s buffer to 2GB, which will allow for considerably more continuous shooting without interruption. This is a welcome upgrade and will certainly help differentiate the new M-P from the current M. A range of new camera protectors and ever ready cases have been introduced as well, to accommodate for the addition of the frame line selector lever on the front of the camera body. The official press release from Leica:

    Leica Camera is proud to present the Leica M-P, an elegant, discrete and faster model to the M-System. Embodying the best of Leica M cameras, the Leica M-P has an unobtrusive appearance, appealing to professional photographers and avid Leica M users.

    KEY BENEFITS & FEATURES

    • Scratch resistant display-cover made of sapphire glass
    • Long-lasting readiness to capture due to a large double sized image buffer of 2GB
    • Pure look without the Leica Logo and “M” lettering on the front side
    • Manual viewfinder frame selection with the traditional ‘frame selector‘

    The large buffer size of 2GB makes it possible to shoot up to 24 images in full continuous speed of 3 frames per second. With such a buffer size, the new Leica M-P is ready to shoot at almost anytime, thus, the ‘decisive moment’ is never missed.

    With the reduced, classic look, without the Leica logo, the Leica M-P has an unobtrusive appearance making it a professional tool with a unique identity. The sapphire glass is extremely scratch resistant and unbreakable, an appealing feature to professional photographers. Leica Camera is the only manufacturer that offers sapphire glass as acamera display protection. The Leica M-P has the classic image field selector which is another appealing feature to professional photographers and avid Leica M users.

    The Leica M-P in silver chrome finish will be available from late August while the black paint finish version will be available from mid-September. There are new protectors and ever ready cases designed for the Leica M-P which will be available from mid-September. The new case designs will accommodate the frame selector on the M-P.

    Current protectors and ever ready cases cannot be used with the Leica M-P. Other technical accessories such as the multi-functional handgrip M, electronic viewfinder EVF 2, R-Adapter M for the M (Typ 240) can be used with the Leica M-P.

    To place an order for the Leica M-P (Typ 240) or with any questions, please call or email us anytime or check out our website.

     

    • josh speaks so rapidly (or the video has been speeded up) that I can barely understand what he is saying, much less take the information in. I gave up after a few minutes into video number two.
      Pity, because I’d like to hear what he has to say.
      Best regards,
      Bill

      • Hmm. Perhaps you can try watching the video a different web browser. He actually speaks quite slowly and deliberately in order to be clear.

  • Leica Camera has announced that effective September 1, 2014 there will be a price increase on the Leica M (Typ 240) camera in both black and silver chrome.

    Currently, both cameras are priced at $6,950. Starting September 1, 2014 both will be priced at $7,250. To purchase a Leica M (Typ 240) at the current price of $6,950 your order must be placed before September 1, 2014.

    Please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions.

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    Today, Leica Camera has announced the new Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH, equivalent to an 80mm lens in the 35mm camera system. This looks like it could be one of the more interesting lenses in the Leica S-System lineup. One could informally call it the “Noctilux for the Leica S-System” and we expect it to render the “Leica look” at its finest. It’s the fastest S lens available; the only Summicron, and in fact is now one of the fastest medium format telephoto lenses available today. With it’s minimum focus distance of 0.7 meters (28 inches) it will also work well as a macro lens. At 910 grams in weight, it is a bit lighter than the Leica Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH (930 grams) which is a lens we’ve never had a problem hand-holding. Without the lens hood attached the overall length is 102mm (4 inches) which falls in between the length of the 35mm (122mm) and the S-70mm (93mm). More from Leica:

    Leica Camera is pleased to introduce the Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH, a new addition to the Leica S-System. The lens is ideal for portrait, beauty, landscapes, and available light photography and corresponds to an 80mm lens in the 35mm system with a natural-looking perspective. The sophisticated lens engineering is optimized for perfect skin tones while maintaining the highest level of brilliance.

    The Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH uses a sophisticated design where a total of 7 lens elements are used to achieve the highest optical performance. This meets the high expectations of the Leica S-System users of a professional tool.

     

    There are three lens elements of glass with anomalous partial dispersion – another is made of high-refraction extra low dispersion glass for correction of chromatic aberrations. One double aspherical lens element minimizes monochromatic aberrations. A floating element moves independently to ensure the close range imaging capability of the lens.

    The very elaborate construction is designed for maximum contrast performance even at full aperture, and at the nearest focusing distance keeps the lens free from artifacts. Chromatic aberrations are corrected to an absolute maximum.

    The stable lens body and the perfect seal against dust and splash water guarantee durability and reliability.

    It is important that the Leica S (Typ 006) has firmware version 2.4.0.0 and the Leica S2/S2-P has firmware version, 1.4.0.0 when using the Leica Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH.

    We expect this lens to be on display at Photokina and will have a full hands-on report from the show. To place a pre-order for this new lens, you can visit the Leica Store Miami website. Feel free to call or email us with any questions.

  • Mirrorless or EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) cameras have become increasingly popular since the first Panasonic micro 4/3 systems came on the market several years ago. Sony jumped in with their […]

    • Glad you enjoyed the review. Yes, it was nice to see some of my concerns and suggestions addressed in the latest firmware update.

  • Leica Store Miami has created an instructional video series on the Leica S (Typ 006), covering all aspects of the camera, inside and out. Our very own Josh Lehrer explains every button and port and walks through all the menu options in detail. He also covers how to set up a gray card white balance, use the virtual horizon and set up and use custom functions.

    These videos are a great quick start for anyone new to the S and useful even for experienced S owners.

    Introduction and Physical Features


    Camera Menu

    Image Menu


    Setup Menu and Custom Functions

    Playback and Image Review

    • Excellent series. Thank you.

      I was expecting a tour of the internal features discussing the upgrade features from the previous S2 and the competition. Nevertheless, great information.

      Cheers.

  • As part of its centennial celebrations, “100 Years of Leica Photography,” Leica Camera is pleased to offer the S-System Trade Up Program effective April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Through this program, customers can trade in any SLR camera or medium format camera (film or digital) towards the purchase of a new Leica S (Typ 006) digital medium format camera and receive a $5,000 instant credit. Please note that only one instant credit can be applied to each new Leica S (Typ 006) purchase.

    To participate in this program, you can send (or bring it by, if you are in the area) any film or digital SLR or medium format camera to Leica Store Miami and receive an instant credit on your purchase for $5,000. The credit will only apply towards the purchase of a brand new Leica S (Typ 006) camera from an authorized Leica USA dealer, store, or boutique. The program begins on April 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2014.

    If you wish to learn more about the program or the Leica S (Typ 006) camera, please do not hesitate to call Leica Store Miami at 305-921-4433 or send us an email with any questions.

  • Today, Leica has announced that there will be price increases on a number of products from the M, S, X, Compact cameras, and Sport Optics lines. The new prices will be in effect on January 1, 2014. The affected items:

    S-System

    X-System

    Compact Cameras

    M-System

    Sport Optics

    We are able to honor all current 2013 pricing on these items until the end of the business day on December 31, 2013, as long as they are currently in stock or available for immediate delivery to us by Leica Camera USA. If you pre-order an item with Dale Photo & Digital or Leica Store Miami at the old price before December 31, 2013, we will honor that price regardless of how long it takes for the item to arrive, to the best of our ability based on current back orders.

    Please feel free to call at 305-921-4433 or email us with any questions.

  • Today, Leica has announced the new Leica D-Lux 6 – Glossy Black / Silver compact digital camera. The Leica D-Lux 6 – Glossy Black / Silver features the same great features as the standard D-Lux 6 and will be priced exactly the same. The camera has the same look as if you put a silver chrome M lens on a glossy black M body. All existing D-Lux 6 accessories, such as the EVF-3 electronic viewfinder, battery, hand grip, CF 22 flash and cases are all fully compatible.

    Leica’s official press release:

    Leica Camera expands the Leica D-LUX 6 family with the introduction of the Leica D-LUX 6 glossy black / silver color option. The D-LUX 6 glossy black / silver has a glossy black painted body and a silver painted lens. With this new color combination, Leica is also introducing a soft pouch in black Nappa leather which is easy to use and is based on the wrap-around concept. This new case can be used with any D-LUX 6 camera.

    The Leica D-LUX 6 is one of the most popular cameras in Leica’s range of compact cameras and is known for its outstanding image quality. The camera will be available in December and is available to all Leica Stores, Boutiques, and dealers.

    The Leica D-Lux 6 – Glossy Black / Siver will begin shipping in December 2013. For more information or to place a pre-order, order online, call Leica Store Miami at 305-921-4433 or send us an email.

     

  • Today, Leica has released a new firmware version for the Leica M (Typ 240), version 2.0.0.11. This firmware update brings a number of requested improvements including enhancing the auto white balance and improving live view stability. Here is the official list of changes from Leica:

    Improved performance of the white balance

    The accuracy of the white balance presets and the auto white balance function is higher with version 2.0.0.11. This results in better skin tones and better general colour rendering.

    Improved Video quality

    The visibility of compression artifacts is reduced due to lower video compression.

    Lens calibration

    For coded Leica lenses, the image homogeneity (color shift) has been improved.

    General fixes

    • Improved stability using Live View, both with and without EVF-2
    • Issue with display settings in combination with “Sharpness high” – fixed
    • Issue with exposures after switching the camera on – fixed
    • The “Auto Power Off” function showed unexpected behavior – fixed
    • The recording dates for video files have been incorrect occasionally – fixed
    • Issue with Copyright and Artist Information in EXIF Data – fixed
    • Improvement of general system stability
    • Several minor bug fixes

    The new firmware, along with updating instructions can be found here: Leica M Downloads. If you have an M and performed this update, let us know in the comments your thoughts on the changes!


  • Today, Leica has released a firmware update for the Leica S (Typ 006) medium format digital SLR camera. The update includes the following features/changes:

    • Support the new Leica S-lens, Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH & CS Version
    • New Menu Language: Korean
    • Improvement of tethered shooting for compressed DNG
    • Flash signal will be output at each exposure time over X-sync
    • Settings for bracketing and self-timer are now stored in the user profiles and will remain active even if the system is rebooted.
    • Optimized color temperature of the white point of the display
    • Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH – improvement of focus behavior
    • Improvement of user profiles

    There is also new firmware, version, 1.3.0.0 for the S2 and S2-P cameras. Registered owners can download the firmware from the Owners’ Area.

    To download the new firmware for either your Leica S (Typ 006) or Leica S2, visit the Leica Owner’s Area. You will need a freshly charged battery, a memory card that you can format in the camera, and a card reader.

  • Today, Leica has announced the Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH and the Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH CS for the S-system. The official press release:

    Leica Camera is pleased to introduce the Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH and Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH (CS) lenses to the S-System. These lenses are ideal for use in many different photography genres such as architecture, fashion, transportation, landscapes and photo journalism.

    The Leica Elmarit-S 1:2.8 / 45 mm ASPH & CS version offer the following benefits:

    • Maximum contrast reproduction & highest resolution even at full stop
    • Excellent image quality at all apertures over the entire distance range provides crisp images
    • Brilliant, pure color reproduction with minimal distortion
    • Excellent for shooting in available light & targeted use of selective focus due to the high light intensity of 1:2:8
    • Excellent stray light suppression for high-contrast images, even in backlight situations
    • Lens hood optimally matched to beam light path and lens hood can be retracted for easy transportation
    • Weather sealing protects the lens from common elements such as dust & water spray ensuring durability & reliability

    This new lens has an equivalent angle of view as a 35mm lens on a full frame 35mm camera system with a natural looking perspective. The lens uses a very sophisticated design of 12 lenses to achieve the highest optical performance in the lens. There are three lenses of glass with anomalous partial dispersion and two more are made of highrefraction extra low dispersion glass for correction of chromatic aberrations. One aspherical surface on the front lens element minimizes monochromatic aberrations while a floating element moves independently to ensure the close range imaging capability of the lens. The elaborate construction enables maximum contrast even at full aperture and the smallest focusing distance. The design of the lens ensures that monochromatic aberrations are almost nonexistent and the chromatic aberrations are corrected to a minimum.

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    This is the S lens that we have all been waiting for…a prime focal length in between the Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 ASPH and the Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 ASPH. If it’s anything like the rest of the S-system lenses, this new lens should be optically superb wide open, stopped down and everywhere in between. Expected availability is sometime in October, once we have a specific date this post will be updated. I can’t wait to get my hands on this lens for a review!

    The Leica Elmarit-S 45mm f/2.8 ASPH is priced at $6,350 and the CS version is $7,450. For questions or to place an order, call us at 1-800-327-1776 or send us an email.

  • Today, Leica has announced the new Leica C (Typ 112) compact digital camera. The Leica C features a versatile 28-200mm zoom with an aperture range of f/2.0-5.9, built in electronic viewfinder, high resolution 3-inch LCD, and a customizable control ring around the lens. The Leica C fits in between the Leica D-Lux 6 and V-Lux 4, with a form-factor similar to Leica’s recently discontinued V-Lux 40. The camera comes in two color finishes: Light Gold and Dark Red. Leica’s official press release:

    We proudly present the latest member of the Leica Camera Family, the Leica C, a new concept within the Leica compact camera portfolio -combining stylish design with impressive technical features. With the support of the Audi Design Team, the slim, elegant and sophisticated design of the Leica C was achieved. The Leica C is easy to use and delivers outstanding images under any light conditions, making it ideal to tote to any event.

    The Leica C which is available in two finishes, light gold or dark red features an integrated Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC), a first for Leica compact cameras plus a high performance zoom lens and a larger sensor.

    KEY BENEFITS

    • Slim, elegant and sophisticated design achieved with the support of the Audi Design Team
    • Easy to use under any light conditions
    • Unique yet fashionable accessories designed in collaboration with the Audi Design Team
    • Wi-Fi & NFC in the Leica C affords remote access from a smartphone/tablet allowing the user to see a live image
    • Allows pictures to be transferred to your smartphone/tablet while shooting
    • Extremely versatile and ideal for any type of photography
    • Electronic View Finder for easy viewing under any lighting conditions

    IMPORTANT FEATURES

    • Fast Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens
    • Larger sensor 1/1.7” with an effective resolution of 12.1 Megapixels
    • Manual lens ring control which allows for flexibility
    • High-resolution display with 920, 000 pixels
    • Full HD movie recording

    INTEGRATED WI-FI/NFC AND LEICA C IMAGE SHUTTLE APP (FOR IOS & ANDROID)
    The Leica C is the first Leica to feature an integrated Wi-Fi and NFC module. These features allow the user to remotely control the Leica C through a smartphone or tablet while viewing the image on the smartphone or tablet. This allows for better self-portraits (yes, the selfie!) and group pictures without excluding anyone using the remote release and/or self-timer. To enable this function, a user only needs to download the Leica C Image Shuttle app from the App Store (for IOS support) or Google play (for Android support) and install it on their IOS or Android end device.

    The Leica C Image Shuttle app allows the user to control the various functions of the camera via their smartphones or tablets. The user can control the zoom, shutter release, record video, access the quick menu, adjust aperture and shutter speed (based on the mode of the camera), exposure compensation, continuous shooting/self-timer and autofocus mode which allows you to change the focus point by touching the image on the screen.

    With this app and a Wi-Fi connection, the user can download images directly to their smartphone or tablet and then connect to any social media such as Facebook, Instagram, etc. The Leica C allows the user to send images while recording and to send images stored in the camera.

    COMPACT, VERSATILE AND STYLISH
    The Leica C benefited from the design expertise of the Audi Design Team. The slim and stylish form of the Leica C makes it a perfect fashion accessory that is easy to carry around either in a pocket or purse. Despite its extremely compact form, it features an excellent zoom lens that makes it perfect for capturing spontaneous situations while offering unlimited opportunities for creative expressions. The 7x zoom lens is equally outstanding for capturing intimate portraits, expansive interiors, and fascinating landscapes. A freely programmable focusing ring for personalized settings offers even more creative options. Available either in light-gold or dark-red, the color options attests to the simple and stylish elegance and of the Leica C.

    SUPERIOR PICTURES WITH THE FINEST DETAILS
    The unusually large sensor for a camera as compact as the Leica C combined with its precise optics, guarantees sharp images with brilliant, natural colors and outstanding contrast. The Leica C captures everything including tiny details because of its extremely fast autofocus and ability to shoot up to ten frames per second in continuous shooting mode.

    FULL HD VIDEO
    The Leica C records video with sharp resolution of even the finest details in full-HD quality. The photographer is always in control of recording with the large monitor screen and electronic viewfinder which is effective when shooting in bright light. In addition, a selection of creative modes offers numerous options for creative ideas even after recording. The Leica C offers creative post processing of both still pictures and video. In addition, the professional Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software that can be downloaded from the Leica homepage gives the same creative post processing options.

    PHOTO ARCHIVE SERVICE
    Leica plans to extend its service portfolio with a photo archive service. This provides benefits for Leica C customers, as they can take advantage of a secure image-archiving package at an exclusive starting offer price. More details on this service will be announced in the near future.

    STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL ACCESSORIES
    A stylish camera like the Leica C deserves equally stylish accessories. Once again, Audi Design was commissioned with the design of the Leica C accessories which are pieces of art in itself. Eye-catching, unique and stylish, the Leica C accessories are bound to set the standard for camera accessories with their unique and stylish bags, cases and wrist straps. Each item an eye-catching fashion statement in itself made of premium materials

    C-TWIST
    The Leica C-Twist boasts a completely new design for a camera case. It is attached to the tripod thread on the base of the Leica C and simply wraps around the camera and is elegantly secured with a magnetic clasp. The two C-Twist color options, light gold or dark red match perfectly with lacquered finishes of the Leica C. Made of premium Alcantara and sandblasted metal, the C-Twist is eye-catching, whether wrapped around the camera or open.

    C-SNAP
    The unique design of the Leica C-Snap always draws impressed looks. Easy to open and close, this unusual and specially designed accessory for the Leica C has a distinctive and individual look of its very own. The combination of elastic silicone, rubber and aluminum provides the best protection for the Leica C against inadvertent scuffs and scratches. Available in light gold or dark red.

    C-CLUTCH
    The Leica C-Clutch is an absolute must for fashion aficionados. The eye-catching design of this clutch bag makes it look wonderful with everything from a casual outfit to evening wear and transforms the elegance of high fashion into an expression of pure style. The Leica C-Clutch, available in light-gold or dark-red premium Alcantara with a sandblasted metal closer offers two separate compartments with ample space for a Leica C, a smartphone and small change.

    C-CASE
    This traditional, elegant black leather case with light-colored contrasting stitching is lined with gray velvet and ideally protects the Leica C against inadvertent light knocks, scuffing, and scratched. With a magnetic clasp, the case is easy to open, ensuring that the Leica C is always ready for action.

    C-POUCH
    The C-Pouch is a small bag made of soft and supple lambskin. A cleverly designed but easy-to-use wrap-around concept, this stylish and elegant black pouch is perfect for any outfit or occasion. It offers enough space for a smartphone and keys along with the Leica C

    C-WRIST STRAPS
    To complete the Leica C line of accessories, are the C-wrist straps. Made of soft premium Alcantara, the C-wrist straps are available in light gold or dark red. With the wrist strap attached to the Leica C and hanging out of the C-Clutch, it makes a casual carrying strap for the fashionable C-Clutch.

    Overall this is an incredibly exciting announcement, especially the camera’s small size in relation to its long zoom range. As a frequent D-Lux 6 shooter I am looking forward to testing the new Leica C thoroughly to see how it compares.

    The Leica C will begin shipping in October 2013, with most accessories also coming in October. For more information or to place a pre-order, call Leica Store Miami at 305-921-4433 or send us an email.

  • We are pleased to announce that Leica Store Miami will be sending out a semi-regular newsletter of sorts, focused only on the Leica S-system. The newsletter will have information about new S products, firmware/software updates, reviews, tests, special promotions, images we like from our S-system users, and anything else that we feel is worth sharing.

    You do not have to own S system products to join; we invite anyone interested in learning more about the system and staying up-to-date on the latest news to join our mailing list.

    To get on the list, simply enter your email address in the box below and click “Subscribe” (if you prefer not to use the link my email is [EMAIL=josh@leicastoremiami.com]josh@leicastoremiami.com[/EMAIL]). Your email will not be placed on any other lists or used/distributed/sold in any fashion.

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  • Leading up to the launch of the new X Vario, Leica rolled out a teaser campaign for what they were calling a “Mini M.” The campaign was quite effective at building up anticipation for this new camera. So much so […]

    • Great review.

      I’ve had my X Vario for about 8 months now and just love it. Its so good that I added the new Leica X (type 113) to fill in those few situations (very low light, shallow depth of field) where the X Vario struggles. The two together make for an outstanding travel kit that covers about 95% of everything and anything that I would want to photograph.

    • Very late catching up with this but found it an enormous pleasure to read highlightingfor me what I have found so good abot the XV in the last two years of ownership. It goes into hibernation in the winter but is otherwise my absolutely favourite camera for image quality and haptics. The latter I have considerable improved by adding a thin strip of metal with a bottom ridge in the same colour as the control wheel. harmonises perfectly and has completely removed false activation of the flash contact. Much more useful than the auxiliary hand grip. I shoot mainly jpegs and the XV is the camera on which I have least pp adjustment to do.

  • Leica has released information this week providing an update as to the status of accessories for the Leica M (Typ 240). The accessories and their estimated ship dates are below:

    This is good news for everyone waiting patiently for these accessories. Leica has already shipped a number of accessories for the M, and by the end of summer we should see the entire accessories lineup available.


  • Today, Leica Camera has released a statement about the delivery situation regarding the Leica M (Typ 240):

    Since its presentation at the photokina 2012, the new Leica M has become extremely popular. The large number of orders we have received shows the outstanding acceptance of the new M-System on the market. The enormous demand has by far exceeded our expectations, with the consequence that delays in deliveries can unfortunately not be avoided.

    In the words of Markus Limberger, COO at Leica Camera AG: “We are very sorry about these delays and hope you will understand the current situation. Please rest assured that we are investing an enormous amount of time and effort in the sustainable expansion of our production capacities, naturally in full compliance with our commitment to absolute quality. Despite the very high demand, particularly of the Leica M, the quality of our products and the high-precision in our production maintains our high standard.”

    A significant cause for the longer waiting times is Leica’s uncompromising manufacturing process in accordance with the ‘factory’ principle. Just like all other Leica products, the Leica M is manufactured and assembled in an elaborate manual process that must satisfy the most stringent demands on precision engineering, painstaking care and quality. Each Leica M is a handcrafted product in every detail and may only leave the factory after being tested, checked and adjusted for so long until its flawless finish and performance are guaranteed and fulfill the exhaustive quality demands on which the worldwide reputation of Leica is founded. This commitment to precision and quality has been the the core principle of Leica manufacturing for almost a century. The endurance, reliability and perceived value of Leica products have been instrumental in the creation of the Leica legend.

    To ensure that we can continue to maintain these uncompromising quality standards and simultaneously reduce order-fulfillment times, Leica Camera AG is currently significantly expanding production capacities, creating job opportunities for additional specialists and trainees, and is building a completely new, ultra-modern factory that will open in Wetzlar in 2014 with facilities to satisfy production demand. The sum total of these measures will relieve pressures in the production process and simultaneously lead to considerably shorter order-fulfillment times.

    We’re hopeful that deliveries of the camera will increase over the coming months. The response of users who have managed to obtain a camera has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’ll be posting a full M review here soon!


  • Today, Leica has announced a new camera: the Leica X Vario (Typ 107). Leica has been slowly teasing the market with this camera for a few weeks now, branding it as the “Mini M.” Now that we have the camera in hand, I can see exactly where the logic comes from. The Leica X Vario is more than just an X2 with a zoom, it handles and operates very much like the new Leica M (typ 240).

    The Leica X Vario features a Leica Elmar lens with an equivalent focal length of 28-70mm and aperture range of f/3.5-6.4. This lens is mated to a new APS-C CMOS sensor with 16.1 megapixels. The X Vario, made in Germany, is solid; in hand it feels much like the new M. The rear LCD is another similarity, boasting 920,000 pixels over 3 inches diagonal. The camera fits perfectly in between the Leica X2 and the M:

    The official press release, from Leica:

    Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica X Vario (Typ 107) -a groundbreaking compact camera which combines a large APS-C format with a zoom lens to offer customers the best possible quality and versatility in a compact camera.

    The Leica X Vario (Type 107) features several significant technical, design and handling characteristics of the Leica M. With the AF Leica Vario Lens offering an equivalent zoom range covering 28 to 70 mm and full-HD video recording, the Leica X Vario (Typ 107) expands the creative options for the user while offering easy and automatic operation.

    Benefits at a Glance:

    • Newly developed Vario Lens: Leica Elmar 1:3.5-6.4 (28-70 mm equivalent)
    • Newly developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with an effective resolution of 16.1 Megapixels
    • Iconic design using high quality materials (milled aluminum top cover)
    • Simple operations including manual adjustment options
    • Precise and fast Auto Focus
    • Best in class image quality and full HD video
    • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder for new photographic perspectives
    • Versatile accessories
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the comprehensive solution for modern digital photography
    • Made in Germany

    LEICA VARIO-ELMAR LENS & APS-C CMOS SENSOR
    The Leica Vario-Elmar 28-70 mm f/3.5 -6.4 ASPH (35 mm equivalent) and the APS-C CMOS sensor ensures images of unsurpassed brilliance. The size and quality of the sensor means low image noise, high dynamic range and accurate color differentiation. The wide-angle to telephoto zoom range of the Leica X Vario (Type 107) offers photographers the options for many more creative compositions: indoor scenes, impressive landscapes or intimate portraits. The Leica X
    Vario (Typ 107) allows users to change focal length easily and quickly to spontaneously capture the perfect moment. In addition, the autofocus is fast, extremely precise and virtually silent while the switch from autofocus to manual focusing is intuitive -simply move the focusing ring on the lens from MF to AF mode.

    INTUITIVE HANDLING
    The Leica X Vario (Typ 107) offers a simple handling concept which allows the photographer to concentrate on the picture. All functions and controls are clearly laid out, and settings can be changed in an instant to meet the needs of any photographic situation. The user-friendly menu interface displayed on the high-resolution 3” monitor provides a
    clear overview of all settings at a glance.

    FULL-HD VIDEO
    The Leica X Vario (Typ 107) offers a full-HD video recording option with a 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 full frames per second. A video can be made by simply starting and stopping a single button on the camera’s top plate. The full-HD videos can be saved using the MP4 format and uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices without any conversion. An integrated wind-cut filter ensures outstanding audio clarity.

    THE ART OF ENGINEERING -MADE IN GERMANY
    The design and finish of the Leica X Vario (Typ 107) reflects the ultimate in the art of engineering with attention to detail and the use of the finest materials. The top plate is machined from solid aluminum while the magnesium and aluminum body is trimmed with soft leather. The Leica X Vario (Typ 107) provides the user with a visual and tactile experience which is synonymous with a Leica made in Germany.

    In addition to the camera, Leica is also introducing a number of new accessories:

    [U]HANDGRIP[/U]
    The optional handgrip allows the photographer to hold the camera with one-hand and provides a better grip and steady handling of the camera. The handgrip can be used with finger loops similar to those used with the Leica M (Typ 240). The finger loops are available in three sizes.

    LENS HOOD
    The lens hood is screwed on the front lens thread of the Leica X Vario (Typ 107) and improves the contrast by minimizing stray light. The lens hood comes with a traditional full metal front lens cap.

    EVER READY CASE
    The ever ready case is made from high quality leather. Available in either black or cognac,
    the simple and elegant design offers a perfect fit while protecting the camera.

    PROTECTOR
    The X Vario Protector is designed for optimal protection when housing the camera. Made of high-quality soft leather, it features striking grips on the back and front for ergonomic handling. The protector is available either in black or cognac.


    WRIST AND NECK STRAPS
    The wrist and neck straps combine quality and ergonomics and can be used with the Leica X or M cameras. With its integrated protection flap, the camera is secured from scratches. The wrist and neck straps are available in black and cognac.

    A few more photos of the X Vario (Typ 107):


    The Leica X Vario (Typ 107) is available for immediate delivery. For pricing and detailed specifications, see: Leica X Vario at Dale Photo & Digital. Email us or call with questions.
     

  • Leica has released their first firmware update for the Leica M Monochrom, version 1.002. The firmware update offers the following improvements:

    • Bugfix to improve stability in “Discreet-Mode
    • Linguistic improvements in French, Italian
    • Improved stability when the camera is connected to USB

    The firmware is available for download on the Monochrom Downloads Page on Leica’s website.

    Instructions for updating the Leica M Monochrom Firmware

  • Format an SD memory card in your Leica M Monochrom.
  • Turn off the camera and insert the card into an SD card reader – either integrated or connected to your computer. (A reader is required for firmware updates).
  • Download the firmware file from the Leica M Monochrom site using the “UPDATES” link and unzip the file.
  • Save the unzipped file Mm-1_002.upm at the top level of the card’s folder structure.
  • Remove the card properly from your card reader, insert the card into the camera and close the bottom cover.
  • Turn on the camera using the main switch. Confirm the prompt that appears in the monitor as to whether you want to update the firmware on the camera to version 1.002.
  • The update process takes around 180s. You will then be prompted to restart the camera using the main switch.
  • Turn the camera off and back on again.
  • Notes:

    • If the battery does not have sufficient charge, you will see a corresponding warning message.
    • If you update the firmware on your M Monochrom, the camera will be set back to the default settings. This also applies to the folder and file numbers.
    • Also the User profiles will be deleted. Please make a note of the settings in the user profiles before you run the update, so that you can reset them manually.
  • Today, Leica has announced the Leica S-Adapter-C, which allows Contax 645 AF lenses to be mounted on a Leica S system camera (S2, S2-P, or S typ 006) with full functionality, including auto focus and aperture control. From Leica:

    Leica Camera is pleased to introduce the Leica S-Adapter C which will be available from this June. With this adapter, Contax 645 lenses can be used with the Leica S (Typ 006), Leica S2 and Leica S2-P cameras. The adapter enables owners of the Contax 645 system to switch effortlessly to the Leica S System.

    The Leica S-Adapter C when used with Contax 645 lenses on any of the Leica S cameras offers the following:

    • Autofocus and manual focus with focus confirmation
    • Automatic aperture
    • Using the EXIF data of lenses of Contax 645 system
    • Use of corrective lens profiles for the Contax 645 system when converting the RAW files in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop.

    When using the adapter with Contax 645 lenses, the aperture is selected with the manual mode or the automatic setting of the camera.

    Stefan Pick, Contax photographer for many years, was the first to test the S-Adapter C in conjunction with the Leica Stand Contax 645-lenses. Stefan Pick said, “Initially, I was pessimistic about the adapter solution, but already from the first use I was enormously surprised how quickly and how well the auto focus on the Leica S works – faster than on Contax system in the past. The image quality as a result of the combination of Contax lenses on the Leica S is gigantic. Therefore, the connection of the Leica S with the Leica S-Adapter C is an extremely affordable entry-level solution to the Leica S-System and a better quality solution as a digital back, for photographers who own the Contax lenses from the past.”

    The Leica S-Adapter C supports the following lenses from the Contax 645 system:

    • Distagon T* 3.5 / 35 mm
    • Distagon T* 2.8 / 45 mm
    • Distagon T* 3.5 / 55 mm
    • Planar T* 2.0 / 80 mm
    • Apo-Makro-Planar T* 4 / 120 mm
    • Sonnar T* 2.8 / 140 mm
    • Sonnar T* 4 / 210 mm
    • Tele-Apotessar T* 4 / 350 mm
    • Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5 / 45-90 mm
    • Mutar 1.4x T*
    • Auto Extension Ring 13 mm
    • Auto Extension Ring 26 mm
    • Auto Extension Ring 52 mm

    The Leica S-Adapter C does not support auto-focus for the following components:

    • Apo-Makro-Planar T*4 / 120 mm as it is a MF lens
    • Automatic bellows

    The adapter will be shipping from Leica in June 2013 and will be available for $1,950. For questions about the adapter, email us or check out the adapter online here: Leica S-Adapter-C.

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