Leica X Vario firmware update v1.1 released

Leica X Vario camera first impressions
Leica Camera released  firmware update v1.1 for the X Vario camera (the black version is now selling for $200 off). Here is the firmware change log:

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Westlicht camera auction on November 22, 2014

The next Westlicht camera auction will take place on November 22, 2014. Here are the most interesting Leica cameras that will be part of the auction:

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Reversible digital conversion kit for Leica M3 cameras on Kickstarter

Ollie Baker has started a Kickstarter project to fund his project to develop a 3D-module made of brass to convert a Leica M3 camera to digital by using the sensor of a Sony a7 inside:

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The new Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM lens for Leica M mount (sample photos and more)

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Zeiss-Distagon-T--1,435-ZM-lens-M-mount  Zeiss-Distagon-T--1,435-ZM-lens-Leica-M-camera
After a 2 years delay, last week Zeiss announced their new Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM lens for Leica M mount (detailed specifications). Zeiss published a video with some additional information on the 1,4/35:

The new Zeiss 1,4/35 ZM lens will be released before the end of the year (most likely in November).

The lens is available for pre-order in black and silver finish.

Here are few sample images taken at Photokina (wide open) courtesy of Ala’a Esmaiel:

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The new Leica SF26 flash is compatible with all current Leica system cameras *UPDATED*

Leica SF26 flash on Leica T
Leica SF26 flash Leica-SF26
I somehow missed the new SF26 flash announcement few months ago (it was announced together with the Leica T camera). The SF26 is compatible with all current Leica system cameras, including the latest M models (see the first video in this post for more info). The SF26 also has a built-in LED light for video recording and can be tilted for bounce flash. Leica did not provide any technical information for the new flash. The Leica SF26 is currently available for pre-order at:

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The 2014 Photokina show is now over (additional Leica coverage)

The 2014 Photokina show is now over. Last week Leica announced over 20 different products (see pre-order options). Here is some additional Photokina coverage - first, David Farkas from Leica Store Miami interviews Stefan Daniel (product manager at Leica Camera AG) on the latest products introduced at the show:

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A life with Leica (video)

Filmed over 7 days - A Life With Leica explores the philosophy behind Danish photographer Thorsten von Overgaard as he practices his craft throughout the streets of Rome, Italy.

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