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  • Leica Announces 5 New Products

    On May 10, 2012 Leica introduced 5 new products: The M Monochrom, X2, APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH lens, S-Adapter H, and the V-LUX 40. Scroll down for detailed information regarding each of these products, including pricing and availability.

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Rangefinder

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Front

    With the M Monochrom, Leica introduces the worlds first full-frame black and white digital camera. Featuring a black and white sensor, the camera produces images in a sharpness and brilliance never before attained and barely distinguishable from other M cameras with the model name discretely engraved on the hot shoe.

    Key Features of the Leica M Monochrom:

    • Newly developed monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 million pixels
    • 100% sharper imaging thanks to direct processing of raw data with no interpolation
    • Extremely low, fine-grain image noise up to ISO 10,000
    • Raw data histogram and parameter clipping warning
    • Various tones programmable
    • Top cover and bottom plate in black chrome finish
    • New leatherette body covering
    • All-cowhide carrying strap
    • Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software supplied in addition to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    • Exclusive access to the Leica Monochrom Print Service in cooperation with Whitewall
    • Original fiber barite print of a Magnum photo from the Leica M Monochrom campaign by J.A. Sobol supplied

    Newly developed monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 Million Pixel.
    With its full, native resolution of 18 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom delivers 100 % sharper images than with color sensors. The fact that its sensor does not "see" color means real brightness values are available for each individual pixel. That is to say, the sensor of the M Monochrom produces a "genuine" black-and-white image directly. In combination with the brilliant imaging performance of Leica lenses and the perfect matching of the sensor to the M system, this creates pictures of outstanding sharpness and natural brilliance, with no need to sharpen the image in post-processing. The result is incomparable picture quality, such as would normally only be expected of a medium-format camera. The impressively low noise level of the monochrome CCD sensor delivers an extremely fine-grained image, which is not perceived as disturbing even at the highest ISO settings.

    The Leica M Monochrom will retail for $7950, and Leica estimates it will be available August 2012.

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Top

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Back

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Left

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Right

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera in Black and Silver

    The Leica X2 is Leica's latest development of the popular, high-end compact X system and features the latest sensor technology in combination with a fast 35mm Leica Elmarit lens.

    Key Features of the Leica X2:

    • Newly developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with an effective resolution of 16.1 MP
    • Leica Elmarit 1;2.8/24 mm ASPH (35 mm equivalent: 35 mm)
    • Simple operation and manual adjustment possibilities
    • High quality materials
    • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder for new photographic perspectives
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the comprehensive solution for modern digital photography
    • Made in Germany

    New developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with an effective Resolution of 16.1 Mega-Pixel
    The CMOS image sensor of the Leica X2 in APS-C format is unusually large for such a compact camera. The result: extremely low image noise, high dynamic range, and accurate color differentiation. The combination of an exceedingly large sensor and high-performance lens sets new standards in image quality in the compact camera category. And this is where the Leica X2 shows its true greatness.

    Classic Focal Length: Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 mm ASPH (35mm equivalent)
    Countless iconic images in the history or photography were shot with a focal length of 35 mm – the classic lens for photojournalism. The Leica Elmarit 24 mm/f2.8 ASPH lens is equivalent to this famous focal length in 35 mm film format, with its superb optical performance opens up a broad vista of potential uses.

    Precise Auto Focus
    The Leica X2’S fast, new autofocus feature enables extremely precise and virtually silent focusing. Perfect for situations where spontaneous reactions are essential to capture the right moment. It adapts flexibly to the situation in hand, for example, with a choice AF focusing segments or face recognition. This allows the photographer to concentrate exclusively on their subject.

    Key Differences between the Leica X2 and Leica X1

    • Newly developed sensor which provides high image quality especially at low light and optimized auto focus speed.
    • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder.
    • New touch and feel of the operating elements, new leather trim and surfaces.
    • New pop-up flash with latch trip.
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, latest version.

    The Leica X2 will retail for $1995 and will be available in both black and silver, and Leica estimates it will be available at the end of May 2012.

    The Leica X2 electronic viewfinder will retail for $529.

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Front

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Back

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Left

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Right

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Top

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH Lens

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH Lens

    With the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens, Leica engineers have pushed the boundaries of what is technically feasible to set a new benchmark in imaging. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH was designed like all Leica lenses with the aim of maximizing both contrast and detail even at full aperture. That aim is met in an incomparable manner. The latest milestone in the history of the M-system delivers previously unattained performance levels in terms of all technical parameters. The MTF curves, which describe the sharpness of the image, remain all the way to the edges, even with the aperture open, over 50% contrast. This level of performance has never been achieved previously and demonstrates the exceptional quality of the lens. This allows extremely sharp imaging in all scenarios, with optimal definition right into the corners, even for close-ups.

    This lens has an apochromatic correction feature which is a highly complex and sophisticated method of color error correction. It minimizes color fringing at sharp edges, so ensuring that all details are naturally depicted. This is achieved, among other means, by skilfully integrating glasses with anomalous partial dispersion into the lens design. All these qualities allow photographers to get the best possible image quality, especially for large prints.

    The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH particularly in combination with high-resolution cameras such as the new Leica M Monochrom will offer photographers the opportunity to produce fine-art photography of a quality never before attained.

    Key Features of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH Lens:

    • High speed standard lens delivering outstanding imaging performance
    • Supremely soft rendering of blurred image areas (Bokeh)
    • Integrated lens hood, extendable by rotating
    • Product package includes milled brass lens front cap
    • Exclusive presentation packaging box

    The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens will retail for $7195, and Leica estimates it will be available August 2012.

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH Lens Top

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH Lens Front

    Leica S-Adapter H

    Leica S-Adapter H

    The Leica S-Adapter H allows Leica S2 customers to use Hasselblad H-System lenses with the S2 or S2-P. This adapter allows the following functions:

    • Autofocus and manual focusing with focus indication
    • Automatic diaphragm
    • Central shutter upto 1/750s

    The Leica S-Adapter H will allow Hasselblad lenses to have an extended scope of application with the S-camera due to the integrated focal plane shutter of the camera body. This will allow the photographer to shoot with the Hasselblad lenses, as well as, with central shutter or without central shutter by using upto 1/4000s with the focal plane shutter of the camera.

    The Leica S-Adapter H supports the following H-system lenses:

    • HCD 4 / 28 mm
    • HC 3.5 / 35 mm
    • HC 3.5 / 50 mm II
    • HC 2.8 / 80 mm
    • HC 2.2 / 100 mm
    • HC macro 4 / 120 mm II
    • HC 3.2 / 150 mm
    • HC 4 / 210 mm
    • HC 4.5 / 300 mm
    • HCD 4-5.6 / 35 – 90 mm
    • HC 3.5-4.5 / 50 – 110 mm

    The Leica S-Adapter H does not support the following components: HTS 1.5 Tilt/Shiftconverter, Converter H 1.7x, Extension tubes H13, H26 and H52 and H-System CF-Adapter.

    The Leica S-Adapter H will retail for $1950, and Leica estimates it will be available at the end of May 2012.

    Leica S-Adapter H mounted on S2 with Hasselblad Lens

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica is pleased to introduce the 14.1 MP Leica V-LUX 40 to their fine range of compact digital cameras. Boasting a high-performance 20X super-zoom lens with focal
    length range of 24 to 480 mm, the Leica V-LUX 40 is ideal for almost any photographic situation.

    Key Features of the Leica V-LUX 40:

    • Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.3 – 86 mm / f 3.3 – 6.4 ASPH ( 24 – 480 mm equivalent) zoom lens
    • Newly developed 14.1 MP 1 / 2.23“ CMOS sensor
    • Simple and intuitive handling, plus manual setting options for more ambitious users
    • Fast burst shooting and 3-D photo feature
    • 3“ touch screen display with a resolution of 460, 000 pixels
    • 1080 p-AVCHD full HD video and internet friendly MP4 storage format
    • GPS module for the registration of geographical data for the location of every shot including detailed maps on separate DVD
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 – the software package for image and video processing, archiving and display.

    Leica DC-Vario Elmar 4.3 – 86 mm / 3.3 – 6.4 ASPH (24 – 480 mm equivalent) Lens
    The new Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with an enormous focal length of 24 mm super wide angle to 480 mm super tele zoom for photo and video, the V-LUX 40 is prepared for nearly all photographic situations. High precision aspherical elements and an optical image stablizer are incorporated to guarantee outstanding imaging performance.

    Newly developed CMOS Image Sensor with an effective resolution of 14.1 MP
    The new 1 / 2.33“ CMOS image sensor in the Leica V-LUX 40 captures 15.3 megapixels (14.1 MP effective) to ensure excellent picture quality. It enables a higher dynamic range as well as particularly noise-free images at sensitivities up to ISO 3200. In comparison with its predecessor, the Leica V-LUX 40 now offers significantly improved image quality, even in low light conditions. In addition to this, its autofocus speed of 0.1 seconds allows even faster focusing on moving subjects.

    Videos in full HD-quality
    Full-HD videos capturedby the V-LUX 40 impress with their perfect rendition of the finest details, even with fast-moving subjects. This is made possible by recording in AVCHD format at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and 50 full frames per second. Another new feature is that videos can now be saved in Internet-friendly MP4 format and be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion. Outstanding audio quality is ensured by an integrated stereo microphone with a built-in wind-noise filter.

    Key differences between the V-LUX 40 and the V-LUX 30

    • Newly developed lens – wider zoom range from 24 mm – 480 mm (20x)
    • Newly developed CMOS sensor – Better picture quality even in low light condition
    • Increased AF speed with 0.1 seconds
    • Videos in 1080P (progressive) format for improved video quality and internet friendly MP4 storage format
    • GPS including separate DVD with detailed maps
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10

    The Leica V-LUX 40 will retail for $699, and Leica estimates it will be available May 2012.

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Top

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Back

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Left

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Right

  • Leica Introduces D-LUX 5 Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    Leica D-LUX 5 Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    Includes dedicated leather case made of high quality calf leather

    We are pleased to announce Leica's latest limited edition camera. Throughout its history Leica has periodically released a limited number of special edition cameras. Today Leica has announced the D-LUX 5 Titanium (click to purchase from our website), which features a titanium anodized finishing aluminum body. It also includes as part of the limited edition release a matching, dedicated leather case made of high quality calf leather. This limited edition camera and dedicated case will be available for $1195 at the end of October. Scroll down to view more images of the D-LUX 5 Titanium limited edition digital camera.

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  • Leica M9 Upgrade Program

    With the release of the Leica M9-P some M9 owners will wonder if the added benefits of purchasing an M9-P will be available to them. The short answer is "yes". Leica Camera Inc. in Allendale, NJ has just setup an upgrade program for current M9 owners. The longer answer, however, is "sort-of".  One thing an M9 owner will not be able to ever say is that they own an M9-P. Leica Camera Inc. will not upgrade the hot shoe of the M9s to read "M9-P". M9 owners will be able to have the LCD upgraded to be protected by the very tough Sapphire Glass of the M9-P. In addition, the top and bottom plates can be replaced to resemble the styling of the M9-P. The upgrade comes in two flavors:

    Leica M9 Upgrade Package 1 – Sapphire Glass
    • The display cover will be replaced with the valuable sapphire glass of the M9-P.
    • Choice between Vulcanite Leatherette or Smooth MP-Style Leatherette.
    • This upgrade will include a one year warranty extension valued at 345€.

    Leica M9 Upgrade Package 2 – Top Cover and Sapphire Glass
    • The display cover will be replaced with the valuable sapphire glass of the M9-P.
    • The top cover will be replaced with either the silver chrome or black painted M9-P top cover.
    • The bottom cover will be replaced with the corresponding color.
    • Choice between Vulcanite Leatherette or Smooth MP-Style Leatherette.
    • The upgrade includes a one-year warranty extension valued at 345€.

    The cost of the first package is $1295, and the second is $1995.

    Upgrades will be performed by technicians trained specifically to perform these upgrades in Allendale, NJ. Work will begin shortly after October, and on a first-come, first-serve basis based on reservations. If you are interested in an upgrade, please contact us at (802) 244-0883, or sales@gmcamera.com. We will contact Leica directly, and we will get you a reservation for upgrade. Leica will not take any cameras before that reservation, so please do not send or give us your camera before that appointment. Leica is hoping that upgrades will done in less than 4-weeks, but it all depends on overall demand and workload. Leica feels that by scheduling upgrade appointments, upgrade times will keep to a minimum. Once we receive your M9 just before your reserved upgrade date we will get it off to Leica. At that point, turnaround time is not in our hands.

    Leica provided us with an FAQ for the upgrades. We thought it would be very helpful to customers if we published that information here:

    Can any M9 be upgraded?
    Yes, any M9 can be upgraded.

    When is the upgrade available?
    Reserving time slots begins on August 8, 2011 and Upgrades begin on October 3, 2011
    Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    What is the cost?
    The Leica M9 Upgrade Package 1 cost $1,295.00 and the Leica M9 Upgrade Package 2 cost $1,995.

    When do I have to pay for the upgrade?
    The customer books an upgrade slot and has to pay upon booking. You can compare this to a concert ticket.

    Can I choose my slot (day of repair in case I plan a vacation)?
    Capacity for upgrades is limited. All upgrades will be performed in the order of their booking payments. Leica will contact the customer when the upgrade slot is coming close to limit the time without camera.

    Where will the upgrades be done?
    The upgrades will be done at Leica Camera USA’s facility in Allendale, NJ.

    How long will the upgrade take? How long will I be without my camera?
    Upgrade capacity is limited. Leica will get in contact with the customer when the upgrade on his/her camera can be performed. Our goal is to have a door-to-door time of less than 4 weeks.

    For the cost of the M9, should it not have come with these features?
    The sapphire glass is unique on cameras. The sapphire glass has a very high material cost. It would raise the prices on standard cameras; therefore we are offering this as an upgrade.

    Is this not just Leica charging the customer to fix design flaws in the camera?
    The LCD glass is standard in the industry and does not represent a design flaw.

    Will I be able to purchase a new M9 with these upgrades? Will they become ‘standard’?
    A new M9 will not have these upgrades. The upgrades will not become ‘standard’ to the M9. Customers should instead buy the M9-P.

    Will the Sapphire Glass cover be available as a part?
    The sapphire glass will not be available as a single spare part.

    Can I have either Upgrade Package without the Warranty Extension for a reduced cost?
    No.

    As I have already bought a one-year warranty extension for 345€ can the warranty on my camera be extended by an additional year?
    No.

    Can I get a refund for the earlier one-year warranty which I bought?
    No.

    Will I get a new warranty card with the upgrade?
    No. Proof for the additional warranty can be submitted with the invoice number, invoice date or even by giving us the serial number of the camera, as all necessary information is in our system.

    Can I have a top plate in one color and bottom plate in another color?
    No.

    Can the leatherette on an M9 be changed?
    Yes, it can be changed for an additional charge if not done as part of the upgrade.

    What happens to the serial number?
    The serial number remains the same.

    Is the lettering “M9-P” engraved on the existing horse shoe?
    No, it will not have the lettering “M9-P”.

  • Inside the making of a Leica lens: A brief video

    We recently ran across a brief video highlighting some of the processes involved in the manufacturing and assembly of Leica lenses. Many people ask: "Why are Leica lenses (and products in general) more expensive than many other camera equipment manufacturers?" After this video you'll certainly get a better idea. Notice all of the people who are part of the manufacturing process. A lot of human hands go into making one lens.

    Here's the video:

  • Playing with Lens Mount Adapters

    Did you ever play with your food as a child? Ever stick broccoli in mashed potatoes to make them stand like trees? Then created a road of ketchup through the forest of broccoli to lead to a cabin built of toast?

    Playing with food

    Photo: Saxton Freymann, taken from the New York Times website

    Maybe playing with food is not a universal desire for children, but there is something undeniably appealing about mixing and matching that even adults cannot forsake. If you are a photographer, the desire to mix, match, or adapt has reached a golden era. I can think of no other time in photography when one could experiment with so many different lens and camera combinations with efficacious results. A lot of this success can be attributed to the mirrorless interchangeable lens digital camera.

    Leica Lens Adapted to Panasonic Lumix GH1

    Leica Dual-Range Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Lens adapted to a Panasonic Lumix GH1

    Doing away with the mirror box of a traditional SLR has opened up a whole new world for adaptation. And, this can only be done with digital, since digital cameras do not need a viewfinder for composition. The electronic LCD works just fine. Virtually any lens can now be adapted to these cameras because of the short distance from the sensor to the lens mount. Lens mount adapter manufacturers have a lot of play for getting lenses adapted to these cameras without jeopardizing the infinity focus of the lens being mounted.

    We sell a lot of different mount adapters. Most of the ones we sell are inexpensive, generic adapters we import ourselves. The results are generally good, but can be mixed. The overall build quality of the adapters are above average, but the machining is not always consistent. For example, when using adapters with an M42 screw-mount, once the lens is screwed on, it may not always line up as you would want. What is often considered the top of the lens--the focus and aperture markings facing up--may face down. The great benefit of these adapters is the value. None of theses adapters cost more than $50. If you are interested in any of these adapters, please give us a call.

    When it comes to high-quality lens mount adapters, the universal name is Novoflex. The machining of these adapters is right on, and the quality control is consistent. We have yet to experience a Novoflex adapter that does not smoothly and securely latch in to place when being mounted on a camera body, and the same goes when mounting a lens to the front of the adapter. In addition, the tolerances are spot on. Once the lens and adapter are mounted to a camera, there is virtually no play--the mount is solid. The downside of the Novoflex adapters is price. These adapters range from $150 to close to $300, which makes them as expensive as some lenses. If you are making an investment for a lifetime of use, however, the Novoflex adapters are a perfect choice. Many of the Novoflex adapters we sell can be found for sale at our website here.

    We recently took the GH1 pictured above for a photography stroll. The dual-range summicron is an excellent lens in terms of sharpness. The only issue with using a 50mm lens on a micro 4/3rds camera, however, is the 2x focal length multiplier. The 50mm focal length of the Leica on a GH1 has the field-of-view of a 100mm lens on a full-frame camera (you can learn more about this and depth-of-field on a another post we made here). The images featured below have no post processing, besides the cropped images, which were...cropped. In terms of sharpening and other enhancements, there was nothing done in post-processing to these images. I will say that the camera was set to JPG, so the image processor will have added some in-camera sharpening there. As you will see, however, the little 50mm dual-range Leica is a great performer. CameraQuest speaks highly of this lens, and more information can be found at their website here. In fact, you can find this statement from their website: "A 50 DR had the honor of having the highest resolution ever tested by the now sorely missed American photography magazine, Modern Photography, at over 100 lines per mm".

    Picture of flowers taken with a Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Picture of flowers taken with a Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Flower picture cropped to show detail

    Flower picture cropped to show detail

    Picture of walk sign taken with the Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Picture of walk sign taken with the Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Picture of plant taken with the Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Picture of plant taken with the Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Plant picture cropped to show detail

    Plant picture cropped to show detail

     

    Picture of Yoda taken with the Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Picture of Yoda taken with the Panasonic GH1 and an adapted Leica 50mm f/2 lens

    Perhaps the most interesting part of using lens mount adapters is the sheer fun of mixing and matching old lenses with different camera bodies and observing the results. There is so much excitement in taken lenses from the 30's to 60's, or whatever time period, and using them on modern cameras. The results are usually surprisingly good, and often create a look that is not achievable with modern lenses. So go ahead, play with your food.

  • Curious what $30,000 looks like?

    The Leica M9 "Titan" or "Titanium" was made as a special edition set of just 500 pieces. Walter de'Silva "re-interpreted" the M9 design to come up with a pretty unique camera. The set included a 35mm f/1.4 and an "innovative carrying and holding concept" (read: case), plus a couple other non-standard goodies. We ran across an unboxing of this $30,000 behemoth set and thought we would reshare it with you:

    If we've whetted your appetite to learn more, you can check out the full description of the special edition M9 at Leica's website here.

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