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leica m p grip

Leica launches Limited Edition M-P Grip by Rolf Sachs: On 12 October, Leica presented its latest special edition camera, an M-P (Typ 240) that was developed in collaboration with Austrian artist and photographer Rolf Sachs. The camera's red body cover features a unique rubber nob design that resembles the texture of table tennis bats. According to Leica, this unusual material provides a distinctive and extraordinary look and feel, and creates a completely new haptic experience. In addition, the controls on the top plate have red instead of the normal white engravings, and the logo of Rolf Sachs is shown on the back of the top plate. The limited edition M-P will be sold from November in a set with a matching Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, a black cotton carrying strap and a Leica SF 40 flash unit. Only 79 units will become available at a launch price of $14,950.
More on Leica Special Editions.

leica family tree showroom

Leica Family Tree sells for £362,500 at Christie's: In the evening of 14 September, the iconic Leica "Stammbaum" or Family Tree was sold at Christie's annual "Out of the Ordinary" auction. The tree-like arrangement of more than 100 camera models used to be shown in the entry hall of Leica's headquarters in Solms/Germany and then since 2013 in the Leica Store Manchester. Bidding for the Family Tree started at £220,000, but was pushed up by Leica collectors in the room and over the phone, before the hammer eventually fell at £300,000. On top of this amount the winner had to pay the buyer's premium, bringing the total acquisition price to £362,500 (€427,750; $478,500). The Family Tree sale thereby ranks among the very top of recent Leica auctions. — It is so far unclear whether the Family Tree will continue to be accessible to the public or become part of a private collection. Read more.

New & upcoming photo gear

19 Sep

Olympus 4/12-100mm IS PRO

olympus mzd 12 100mm 40
  • Zoom with focal length of 24-200mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  • Aspherical and Low Dispersion Elements
  • ZERO Coating and Z Coating Nano
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Five-Axis Sync Image Stabilization
  • MF Clutch, Lens Function Button
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Front filter: E72
  • Weight: 561 g
  • Length: 116.5 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 77.5 mm
  • Available from November 2016
  • Launch price: $1,299
  • More on Olympus lenses
19 Sep

Olympus 1.2/25mm PRO

olympus mzd 25mm 12
  • Fast standard prime lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Four High Refractive Index Elements
  • MSC High-Speed Imager AF System
  • Internal Focusing, MF Clutch
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Front filter: E62
  • Weight: 410 g
  • Length: 87 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 70 mm
  • Available from October 2016
  • Launch price: $1,199
  • More on Olympus lenses
19 Sep

Olympus 3.5/30mm Macro

olympus mzd 30mm 35
  • Macro lens with a focal length of 60mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One EDA Element
  • Maximum Magnification: 1.25x
  • Minimum focus distance of 9.5cm
  • Front filter: E46
  • Weight: 128 g
  • Length: 60 mm
  • Maximum diamter: 57 mm
  • Available from October 2016
  • Launch Price: $299
  • More on Olympus lenses
15 Sep

Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4

zeiss loxia 85mm
  • Manual Focus Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • Manual Aperture Can Be De-Clicked
  • 7 elements in 7 groups
  • Three Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Sonnar Optical Design
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • All-Metal Barrel, Engraved Scales
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.80m
  • Weather-Resistant Lens Mount Gasket
  • Front filter: E52
  • Diameter: 62.5mm
  • Length: 94.8mm
  • Weight: 594g
  • Available from mid-December
  • Launch price: $1,399
  • More on FE-mount lenses
15 Sep

Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM

canon ef 70 300mm 40 is ii
  • Tele-Zoom Lens for Full-Frame Format
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • One Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • NANO USM Autofocus System
  • Full-Time Manual Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Lens Information Display
  • Available from end of November
  • Launch Price: $549
  • More on Canon EF lenses
30 Aug

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro

sony fe 50mm 28 macro
  • AF macro prime lens for full-frame
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • 8 elements in 7 groups
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Life-Size 1:1 Magnification
  • Focus Range Limiter and Focus Hold Button
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.16m
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Front filter: E55
  • Diameter: 70.8mm
  • Length: 71mm
  • Weight: 236g
  • Launch price: $499
  • More on Sony FE lenses
25 Aug

Canon EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM

canon ef 24 105mm 40 l is ii
  • L-Series Zoom Lens for Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to 22
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm
  • Four GMo Aspherical Elements
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Zoom Lock Switch
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Available from end of October
  • Launch Price: $1,099
  • More on Canon EF lenses
25 Aug

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III

canon ef 16 35mm 28 iii
  • Professional wide-angle zoom for Full-frame
  • Update of the 16-35mm f/2.8L II
  • BR element to reduce chromatic aberrations
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Subwavelength & Air Sphere Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Exposed Elements
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Full-Time MF Override
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Available from end of October
  • Launch Price: $2,199
  • More on Canon EF lenses
20 July

Leica APO-Summicron 50mm f/2 (silver)

leica m 50mm 20 asph silver
  • Silver version of the APO-Summicron 50mm f/2
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/16
  • Apochromatic Design
  • 8 elements in 5 groups
  • One aspherical and one floating element
  • Focus tab to support manual focus
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.70m
  • Front filter: E39
  • Diameter: 47mm
  • Length: 53mm
  • Weight: 300g
  • Launch price: $7,995
  • Alternatives among Leica M lenses
11 July

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA

sony fe 50mm 14
  • AF standard prime lens for Sony FE
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • 12 elements in 9 groups
  • 2 aspherical and 1 ED element
  • Zeiss T* coating
  • Ring-type Ultrasonic Focusing Motor
  • Optical SteadyShot (OSS) Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus, Full Time Manual Override
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.45m
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Front filter: E72
  • Diameter: 84mm
  • Length: 108mm
  • Weight: 778g
  • Launch price: $1,499
  • Alternatives among Sony FE lenses
15 June

Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4

panasonic leica 12mm 14
  • Leica-branded large-aperture wide-angle
  • 24mm equivalent focal length
  • Aperture ring
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • 15 Elements in 12 Groups
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • One ED Element, Two UED Elements
  • Weather-Resistant Construction
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Filter Size: 62mm
  • Length: 70mm
  • Diameter: 70mm
  • Weight: 335g
  • Launch Price: $1,299
  • Alternatives among mFT lenses

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It is remarkable how far imaging technology has advanced since the Ur-Leica of 100 years ago, isn't it?

The Ur-Leica - the first 35mm camera[]