Leica 35mm Summicron and 50mm Summilux black chrome finish lenses to start shipping next week

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DCWatch reports that the new Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH and Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH black chrome finish lenses will start shipping on May 29th, 2015. The two limited edition lenses were officially announced on March 20th and only 500 pieces will be produced from each model. Here are the pre-order options from our sponsors:

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Gariz released new alcantara half case for the Leica D-LUX camera

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Gariz released new alcantara half case for the Leica D-LUX camera (model: AT-DLUX). Two different colors are available - black ($109.99) and red ($114.99):

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Update: compatibility of Leica Monochrom Typ 246 DNG files with Apple Photos App

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An update from Leica Camera on the service advisory for using DNG files from the Monochrom Typ 246 camera in Apple’s Photos App:
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Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens officially announced

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The Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens is now officially listed at Leica's website. The lens was first introduced as a part of a limited edition set. The price is $5,950/£3,975/€5,500. Shipping will start in June. 2015.

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Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH technical specifications

  • Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical): 75°/65°/46° (M8: 60°/51°/35°)
  • Optical design Number of lenses/groups: 10 / 7
  • Position of entrance pupil (from bayonet flange): 31,9 mm
  • Focus range: 0.7 m to ∞
  • Distance setting Scales: Combined meter / graduation
  • Smallest object field: 526 mm x 789 mm (M8: 395 mm x 592 mm)
  • Largest reproduction ratio: 1 : 21,9
  • Aperture Setting / Function: prefix with click-stops, half steps
  • Lowest value: 16
  • Bayonet Leica M quick-change bayonet
  • Lens hood External thread with stop for screw on lens hood (included)
  • Filter mount E49
  • Dimensions and weight Length: approx. 81 mm
  • Largest diameter: approx. 61 mm
  • Weight: approx. 440g

Leica SUMMILUX-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens design

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Save 12% ($2,220) on the Leica M Edition 60 camera

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As part of the ongoing promotion you can save 12% (or $2,220) on the Leica M Edition 60 camera at B&H and Leica Store San Francisco. This offer is valid till the end of June. Additional information on that model can be found here.

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Two new Leica special edition cameras for Republic of Korea’s 70th independence anniversary

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There are two new Leica special edition cameras to commemorate the 70th independence anniversary of Republic of Korea (South Korea). Two different sets will be available - a silver digital M-P and a black analogue MP kits. Each set contains two lenses: a 35mm f/1.4 Summilux and a 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux. Only 70 units will be produced from each set. The price is not yet available.

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New ONA x Leica Berlin II black messenger bag launched

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ONA Bags just released a new black edition of the Berlin II messenger bag (available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama). Designed specifically for the M-System, the Berlin II launched last year and because of the positive response, ONA Bags decided to launch a brand new version in black leather complemented by gunmetal hardware. Here are the details:

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