• Today, Leica has announced their second special edition product in partnership with the legendary design house Zagato: the Leica M10 Edition Zagato Set. Limited to only 250 examples worldwide, the M10 Edition […]

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica Prices Increasing on May 1st On May 1, 2018 Leica is increasing prices on a range of products by an average of about 5%. Affected products include most M bodies (film and digital), nearly all M lenses, the black Q, TL2, S (Typ 007), many S l […] View

    That is true!

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica Prices Increasing on May 1st On May 1, 2018 Leica is increasing prices on a range of products by an average of about 5%. Affected products include most M bodies (film and digital), nearly all M lenses, the black Q, TL2, S (Typ 007), many S l […] View

    Prices on Leica Sport Optics are not increasing at this time. Just what is on the list in the article!

  • On May 1, 2018 Leica is increasing prices on a range of products by an average of about 5%. Affected products include most M bodies (film and digital), nearly all M lenses, the black Q, TL2, S (Typ 007), many S l […]

  • At the WPPI Conference in Las Vegas, Leica has given us a sneak preview of a new flash and wireless transmitter. This would be Leica’s first time offering a system for wireless flash triggering that incorporates […]

    • There hasn’t been an official launch yet and we haven’t heard anything besides the preview announcement. Hopefully, we’ll see an official launch before summer.

  • Today, Leica Camera has released firmware version 3.1 for the SL (Typ 601) full-frame mirrorless camera. Firmware 3.1’s primary purpose is to improve autofocus performance of the Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens ( […]

  • Today, in conjunction with the announcement of the new Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH (read our coverage here), Leica has released new firmware for a number of digital M cameras to support the lens, as well as the […]

  • Today, Leica Camera has released a special edition of the popular Sofort instant film camera in collaboration with French-Italian artist Jean Pigozzi: the Leica Sofort “LimoLand by Jean Pigozzi”. The camera […]

  • Today, Leica has announced the new Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 lens for the Leica M-System. Much like the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 re-issue last year, the Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 features a similar optical design to the […]

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, New Trade-Up Program for Leica S (Typ 007) Today, Leica has announced a new program allowing users of previous-generation Leica S-system cameras, or other medium format digital systems, to trade in those cameras towards the current Leica S (Typ 007). The […] View

    The S-E is the same credit as the S (Typ 006) and I’ve added it to the table!

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, New Trade-Up Program for Leica S (Typ 007) Today, Leica has announced a new program allowing users of previous-generation Leica S-system cameras, or other medium format digital systems, to trade in those cameras towards the current Leica S (Typ 007). The […] View

    Bernard, that is a good question! The S-E was not listed but we have inquired with Leica, and will update the table when we get a reply. I’ll also reply to your comment with the update.

  • Today, Leica has announced a new program allowing users of previous-generation Leica S-system cameras, or other medium format digital systems, to trade in those cameras towards the current Leica S (Typ 007). The […]

    • Bernard, that is a good question! The S-E was not listed but we have inquired with Leica, and will update the table when we get a reply. I’ll also reply to your comment with the update.

    • The S-E is the same credit as the S (Typ 006) and I’ve added it to the table!

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica SL Firmware 3.0 Released with Major Updates Today, Leica has released a major new firmware update for the SL (Typ 601): Version 3.0. This firmware incorporates a considerable number of new features, enhancements, stability improvements and bug fixes. Before […] View

    Arthur, while you can of course acquire the SL anywhere you like, I do want to mention that when you shop with Leica Store Miami, that does support our efforts here at Red Dot Forum to do the kind of testing our readers appreciate. You are also welcome to email me anytime with additional questions at josh@leicastoremiami.com.

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica SL Firmware 3.0 Released with Major Updates Today, Leica has released a major new firmware update for the SL (Typ 601): Version 3.0. This firmware incorporates a considerable number of new features, enhancements, stability improvements and bug fixes. Before […] View

    Arthur, I cannot speak for other Leica stores but at Leica Store Miami we always offer to update the firmware of new SL’s that our customers purchase before we deliver them if they so choose. In regards to the AF tracking for video, it has been improved but we usually use manual focus for our video production so we have not test the video AF…[Read more]

  • Leica just released a statement acknowledging a serious issue with the recently released TL2 camera. In some cases, when using the Visoflex (Typ 020) electronic viewfinder on the TL2, the camera can be ren […]

  • After discovering a bug in their most recent M10 firmware release (1.7.4.0), Leica has quickly issued another firmware update for the M10: firmware 1.9.4.0. The new firmware has the same SD card compatibility […]

  • Today, in a surprising but welcome move, Leica Camera has reduced the price of the the SL (Typ 601). The popular full-frame mirrorless camera is now $5,995, a $1,455 savings from its original price of $7,450. Th […]

    • I don’t think so. The SL was only introduced 18 months ago as a brand new system, and the lens line is still being developed. The Q is six months older and shows no signs of being replaced. Fact is, Leica’s product cycles are longer now. Four years passed between the M240 and the M10. And, in many ways, the SL is still more advanced than the just-launched M10. From an image quality perspective, performance of the SL and the M10 are extremely similar. Leica has also been diligent about rolling out regular firmware updates for the SL to continually improve the performance and user experience. Bottom line: this is not an end of life product. Rather, it is Leica’s current standard-bearer. Based on other product cycles, I wouldn’t expect to see a replacement in anything less than 18-24 months. And a lot of new SL glass will be rolling out in that timeframe, further bolstering the system.

      Mainly, I think the price adjustment is aimed at achieving global price harmonization.

    • The SL is doing well, especially for a new system. Leica just wants to accelerate this process and make it more competitive to attract those outside the Leica universe.

      To your point about the lens selection, the SL is actually able to accept many more lenses than an M camera. These are:

      • SL autofocus native lenses, which are some of the very best optics Leica is offering right now
      • TL autofocus lenses, which only cover APS-C, but are perfect for 4K video projects
      • S autofocus lenses with adapter
      • R lenses with adapter
      • M lenses with adapter
      • PL mount cine lenses with adapter
      • Nikon AF and MF lenses with adapter
      • Canon AF lenses with adapter

      So, quite a few lenses. By my rough count, more than 300 options.

      As far as being outdated in two years time, take a look at the M9. The M9 was introduced eight years ago and has an very loyal following, still producing incredible images. Digital cameras don’t get worse with age. They produce the same quality as they did they day they were manufactured. The SL is extremely quick in operation. I can’t see myself needing anything faster than 11 fps. Heck, I only use single shot. At 24 megapixels, the files are large enough to produce stunning 30×40 inch prints. It shoots in low light up to ISO 6,400 with extraordinary quality. And, the 4.4 MP EVF rivals an optical finder. So, for me, I’d say the investment in an SL is much more than a two-year deal. I shot plenty of film before reluctantly transitioning to digital just a little more than 10 years ago. And while film has a certain look and nostalgia for me, I can’t see going back. The quality and flexibility of the SL is so far beyond what I ever was able to achieve with film.

  • Today, Leica has released a firmware update for their newest digital rangefinder: the Leica M10. Firmware version 1.7.4.0 is the second update since the camera’s release in mid-January 2017 and improves the M10’s […]

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica SL Firmware 3.0 Released with Major Updates Today, Leica has released a major new firmware update for the SL (Typ 601): Version 3.0. This firmware incorporates a considerable number of new features, enhancements, stability improvements and bug fixes. Before […] View

    John, the 5K refers to the camera’s estimate of how many shots are remaining on the SD memory card (or cards). The L33 when the shutter is half pressed represents how many shots you have left in the camera’s buffer (33 shots in that particular case).

  • In reply to: Josh Lehrer wrote a new post, Leica SL Firmware 3.0 Released with Major Updates Today, Leica has released a major new firmware update for the SL (Typ 601): Version 3.0. This firmware incorporates a considerable number of new features, enhancements, stability improvements and bug fixes. Before […] View

    Scott, a 64GB SD card would be SDXC. I’ve always found SDHC (cards 32GB or smaller) to be a bit faster, in general. Interesting about the electronic shutter being a bit faster. I’ll have to check that here too!

    There is no new firmware for the TL lenses in SL firmware 3.0, only for the SL 24-90mm and 90-280mm. And yes the lens firmware update…[Read more]

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