We'll never pass up any kind of gadget getting leaked ahead of a scheduled announcement date. Even if that leak is just one picture, and a few tid-bits of information short of a full press release. And while the information about the Leica V-Lux has been known for at least a little while around the Internet, this is the first image that's graced the large scene. It's a 12.1MP monster, with an additional assortment of features that may remind you of another camera.
With the ease of use and flexibility of digital cameras, how many film-based snappers do you think are still sold? We don't have figures from across the industry, but according to Leica USA president Roger Horn, less than 5-percent of his company's cameras sold in the US are analog. Meanwhile Leica UK's managing director, David Bell, reckons that film cameras account for around 6-percent of the company's M-series.
It's not often we get a tip suggesting "you may want to share this ugly camera with SlashGear readers", but having looked at Leica's MP Golden Camera Limited Edition [pdf link] we do reckon you should be warned. Created to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the gaudy Leica is lavishly coated with 24-carat gold and swaddled in Leica Red Box Calf leather; only sixty of them will be produced.
I like it when manufacturers cram high tech goodies inside of devices that look like they are from the old days of tech. Such is the case with the old school looking, but high tech digital cameras from Leica. The company announced the new M9 and X1 digital cameras today.
Details of two upcoming digital cameras, the Leica X1 and Leica M9, have been revealed, courtesy of a prematurely posted - and since yanked - microsite. The X1 - "equipped with a CMOS sensor equal in size to that of many DSLR cameras" - and M9 information can all be found in this Flickr gallery.
It's turning into quite the day of DSLRs, but if you thought Nikon's $1800 D300S was expensive, how about a Leica that starts at over $26k? The company have announced pricing for their 2009 S-System line-up, and as you might expect for a 37.5-megapixel DSLR body it's a costly prospect. Leica will make two versions of the S-System body, the standard S2 and the S2-P which adds a sapphire glass display and "Platinum Service" support package.
Words got out last week Leica is coming out with an ultra wide Super-Elmar-M 18 mm lens, and today, the announcement of the new Leica along with the SF58 flash unit are official. The new wide-angle lens is a better candidate than the Zeiss 18mm f/4 Distagon and can be used both on Leica M analog camera models, as well as on the digital Leica M8 or M8.2.
It has been a long week for Leica fanatics with the talks on Panasonic on the verge to acquire Leica’s photography division. The thought of the German finest optics they’ve been worshiped for decades to fall onto the hands of the Japanese tech behemoth must be unbearable. Whether Leica could use a technology boost from the takeover, or Panasonic to separate themselves from another consumer camera marques, are not happening in near future.
PMA 2009 is nearly two weeks away, there aren't any news from Leica front so far; but super wide shooters get your wallet ready, the French has posted a preview of an upcoming Leica M 3.8/18 Super-Elmar. A tap faster than Zeiss 18mm f/4 Distagon, less distortion and better vignetting control, but twice as expensive!
Leica have unveiled a limited edition version of their esteemed M8 digital camera, the M8.2 Safari Edition, complete with camoflage paint-job, matching canvas and leather satchel with calfskin strap, and the knowledge that only 500 have been made. If you actually want to take photos (presumably of wild animals) then you'll want to know that it has a 10.3-megapixel, low-noise sensor, and is compatible with all of the company's M-range lenses.