Leica is ushering in its 100th birthday with the announcement of a new sleek aluminum camera, the Leica T. With this camera comes a decidedly minimalistic design, as well as an interchangeable-lens setup and a position within the company's product line up that is betwixt the M and S Series'.
Panasonic's new digital interchangeable lens, the H-X015 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH, is in the news for being one of those new innovations that promise photographers to capture bokeh effect with clear picture quality while avoiding ghost and flare. You might say that the new lens has all the key ingredients that allow for superior defocused reportage pictures.
There's a collection of one of a kind devices appearing this month designed by Apple's Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive, each of them designed for an upcoming Product (RED) charity auction set for November. This auction will hold some rather fine objects designed entirely or in part by Ive including a Steinway & Sons Piano, a pair of 18k solid rose gold Apple EarPods, and the Leica M camera you see in this article. You'll notice some start simplicity in the whole lot.
Previously known as the Leica Mini M, the newly unveiled Leica X Vario digital camera is a small unit that features an APS-C format 16.5-megapixel CMOS image sensor, which is said to be "unusually large" for digital cameras in this class. That aside, this little shooter packs a variety of features, including full HD video recording and carefully designed handling characteristics.
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive will apparently cook up a custom Leica M rangefinder for a charity auction, it's been announced, making the expensive new camera even more pricey in the process. Leica announced the M - set to hit shelves in early 2013 - this week, and company owner Dr. Andreas Kaufmann revealed the one-off collaboration during the press event, Petapixel reports.
Leica has outed its latest rangefinder range, kicking off with a pared-back M-E this month but culminating in the simply-named Leica M flagship in early 2013. The Leica M will clad a 24-megapixel full-frame Leica Max sensor in a deliciously retro housing, but the specifications aren't old-fashioned: count on ISO 200 to 6,400, Full HD 1080p (24/25) video recording, and an optional electronic viewfinder, when it arrives to replace the highly-coveted M9 of 2009.
Perhaps more than any other camera company, Leica inspires raving reviews and gets near universal praise from enthusiasts, for which it demands some astronomical price tags. But even Leica's most dedicated supporters might have trouble backing this one: the company's latest M-class camera only shoots monochrome photos. The Leica M Monochrom was announced today, and will start shipping in July for the "relatively" low price of $7,950.
Leica has begun sending out invitations for a special event taking place May 10-11 in Berlin, where it promises to reveal "a whole range of product launches." One of these products is believed to be a new M-series camera, the M10, which the May 10 date seems to hint at. If Leica's rumored release schedule is true, then this successor to the M9 should be due for launch this year.
Leica has outed its latest superzoom camera, the Leica V-Lux 3, packing a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 24x optical zoom and a 1080p HD video recording mode. The new camera supports up to 12fps full-resolution photography - or up to 60fps at 3.5-megapixels - in addition to ISO 100-3200 and a macro mode that can focus on subjects as close as 1cm away.
Leica just can't help itself when it comes to special editions, and yet we can't help but feel a little tempted by the new Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium. Functionally identical to the existing 10-megapixel D-Lux 5, the Titanium edition has a special titanium-finish casing and matching leather case along with the cachet of knowing you've given into your base, aesthete urges.