Quick News – Leica has just released the first official full-resolution images taken by the soon-to-be-released Leica M – a camera that arguably marks the firm’s largest leap at bringing modern technology into their revered digital rangefinders.
Deal Alert – DigitalRev is currently offering Leica’s fixed-lens beauty, the X2, for just $1,699.00 – a savings which equates to over three-hundred dollars when compared to its current list price. The deal appears to only be good with DR’s current stock, which happens to be depleting quite rapidly – so be sure to click on the image above if you’ve been on the hunt for a decent Leica bargain.
Without question, the Leica stamp that’s machine etched into every high-priced, but incredibly well-preforming optic, from the Summilux 50mm 1.4 asph to the Noctilux‑M 50mm f/0.95, has become synonymous with lens perfection and the object of desire for any photo enthusiast that can appreciate quality.
While the price-point of the newly announced Leica M Monochrom black & white rangefinder will forever be a point of contention, it’s becoming more and more prevalent that its touted image quality will not be – this camera undeniably produces some resolution-rich images, jam-packed with superior sharpness when compared to the already stellar preforming offerings like the M9.
Updated** 1923 Leica O-Series Re-Sets the World Record As Most Expensive Camera – Fetches $2.79 Million at Auction
Quick News – You may recall about this time last year, a 1923 Leica O-Series, which happened to be one of only twelve in existence, set a world record for the most expensive camera at the 2011 WestLicht Photographica Auction held in Veinna, Austria. Fast forward nearly 365-days later, and the very same model (different serial number) which set the previous world record has done it again, fetching a new record-breaking total of $2.79 million at this year’s WestLicht auction.
If you thought the Leica buzz would simmer down after the recent slew of announcements, think again – the M10 talk is back and more revealing than ever thanks to numerous reports from UK-based publications such as our friends at the British Journal of Photography.
If you thought Leica had reached the proverbial special-edition inflation threshold with the $32,000 M9 Titanium, feast your eyes on the latest debt-generating and/or bank-account-breaking offering from the German camera and optics manufacturer – the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès.”
The weeks upon weeks of reports from the rumor-mills have once again materialized into the world of legitimacy, as Leica has just officially announced the Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH, X2 digital compact, V-Lux 40 point-and-shoot, and last but not least, the Leica M Monochrom – an 18-megapixel full-frame black and white only shooter.
In just a few days, Leica will make good on their highly-publicized plans and announce “a whole range of products” on May 10th. These “products” have been rumored to be any from the long-awaited M10, to something completely unexpected in the release of the Leica Monochrome M – a digital rangefinder only capable of capturing black-and-white images.