Leica M-E now shipping in the US

The Leica M-E is now shipping in the US and is currently in stock at the Leica Boutique in Palm Beach and at Dale Photo and Digital.

Here is a the new M-E next to the M9 and M9-P:

The Leica Boutique in Palm Beach also has one of the Leica M9-P and Summilux-M 50mm Hermes limited edition sets:

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  • Troll Prozac

    I really would like a Leica, but the price is just too much for me. These cameras seem great and I could probably afford a body if I saved enough. But then I have to buy the expensive lenses (what’s the point in going cheap after getting the body). Which cost the price of a D800 each.

    Which is why I’ll cheap out and go for an Xpro1.

    Totally jealous of all the people who can afford these cams.

    • http://www.flickr.com/genotypewriter genotypewriter

      There are far more interesting and special cameras out there if you like photography… save your money.

    • http://haroldellis4444@gmail.com Harold Ellis

      only reason you think they are special and worth the price is because you never had them.
      once you had it, you would see it makes photos just as any other camera and better.

      people get over it, leica is bought because somebody wanted leica, not because it makes better photos (even though most will try to convince you otherwise)

      rent before buy is all i can help you with

      • Daryl

        Good idea about rental, especially the fast lenses…..costly.

        Buying Leica is done for various reasons, some buy it for bling and these are people I especially love. They are often criticized but without them I couldn’t pick up some really good Leica products that are in like new condition and save some money.

        Re: picture quality. When the M9 came out Leica’s fortunes soared. A small camera with FF sensor that matches medium format for quality. Combined with lenses that are a generation ahead of most of those offered by Nikon and Canon results in picture quality unsurpassed in it’s size. We saw a similar situation with Canon introducing the 5dII, a small body that competes with well with medium format and it’s larger bodied Canon and Nikon offerings. In the Canon case the lenses were not up to the task except for a few good primes (85mm f1.2 etc. ) but Zeiss filled the gap nicely.

        Nikon and Canon have matched Leica for sensor resolution but the lenses are still lacking in many areas, this is where Leica excels.

        • http://haroldellis4444@gmail.com Harold Ellis

          comparing 5d and leica to medium format: whatever you smoke, please stop, it kills your brain cells. not that i really care, just do it for your own good.

          • Daryl

            Wasn’t planning on quitting just yet:-)

          • http://haroldellis4444@gmail.com Harold Ellis

            i see
            if you can still absorb it fyi, you cannot get pills labeled “brain cells – get to genius in 14 days” in drug store nearby

    • http://www.davinellicson.com Davin Ellicson

      As a longtime Leica shooter and owner also of a Fuji X100, I must tell people that neither an X100 or the X-Pro 1 system are a proper substitute for a Leica M. While the X-Pro 1 has faster auto-focus than the X100, you simply miss photos with these cameras that you would never miss with a Leica. The precision of range finder focusing on a Leica is not to be matched. As far as the M-E goes, why not just pick up a mint M9 on Ebay for as much as a $1000 or more less than the M-E?

  • Nick

    Not sure if it’s my monitor calibration (looking on a cheap work computer) but the ME paint looks greenish to me. Is that accurate (if anyone has seen it in the flesh).

    Looks weird. I’d go for a black secondhand M9-P over a greenish tint on an ME.

    • Nick

      It looks blue to me. Frankly, I really dislike the gray colour. Maybe Leica is doing M9 owners a favour and making the M-E so ugly that the M9 will retain its resale value.

      • http://haroldellis4444@gmail.com Harold Ellis

        it is on purpose of course. so they can release fake lizard limited edition and black swan limited edition and silber surfer limited edition for 5000$ more.

        then on leica rumors 50 years later will be info about auction with note: only 50000 pieces were made, most of them never used and exist today except not available battery and peeling paint

  • edward Leskin

    For that price, black paint should be an option. Paint is paint!

  • Randolph

    I love my M-E. I spray-painted it red and it looks great. I don’t use the rangefinder (always just shoot from the hip) so I didn’t mind painting over the openings. Simply protected the lens mount with a 50mm Summarit that was going to charity anyway.

    • Daryl

      @Randolph:

      A very unique style there, and not unlike some special edition Leicas. Please please post some pictures.

  • David

    People are constantly complaining about Leicas pricing and demanding a less expensive M.

    Then, when Leica gives it to them, they complain about the color of the paint.

    As others have pointed out, the only reason most people want a Leica is because it’s expensive and unattainable. Leica should charge $10,000 for this camera and everyone would salivate for it.

  • David

    BTW, the ME looks a lot like the special “hammertone” edition MP. Of course no one complained about that — they just complained about how expensive it was and how they could never buy one.

  • Jake Peters

    I don’t care what the cameras look like. I’m interested in the buffer’s capability.

  • Banksie

    When one makes an exhibition print, the viewer looks at the print and reacts to the content of the print and in conjunction with the size, the presentation, and the aesthetic (color vs b+w, high key versus low key, etc., etc..)

    They will rarely (unless they are a camera hobbyist) ask about the camera and lens that was used by the author to make the photograph.

    The ‘argument’ tends to be that a Leica will produce an image no better or no worse than other available cameras. If the emphasis is then to be based on image quality, the choice of tools should be left entirely up to the user of that tool. A Nikon D4 costs about the same as a Leica M. If it’s argued that neither produces a better (or worse) image than the other, then what is left is the user value of the tool. The final print will not reflect the value of the camera as a tool. But the value of the tool for the author is something else altogether.

    If a photographer values a rangefinder Leica over a Nikon D4 (or vice versa) and image quality as seen in an exhibition print is equal, then that is all that matters in the end. Photographers pick their tools for very subjective reasons and those reasons are multiple (including personal reasons and practical reasons.) And it’s why a photographer normally has a wide variety of tools at their disposal.

    For all the pixel peepers and hobbyists out there, just give it a rest. For everybody else, pick your poison and concentrate on your critical thinking skills for making images (and I don’t mean just your technical skills.)

  • R!

    The quality of Leicas lenses are unbeaten untill now:the quality of the pictures is not only the sharpness or the distortion correction or even the vignetting one abillitys
    ;It is an overhall apreciation on the final image that you produce.
    Leicas lenses are unbeaten in sharpness ,It is a know facts,unbeaten in bokeh quality and the most important they are working in the smoothness in the transition effect between focussed and out of focussed area ,no other company does It …
    Finally the quality of the glasses used for there products is always mineral ,controlled and pollished by man hands speciallist (not underpaid fast formated factory workers).
    So when you find an old Leica R lens(they are cheaper)under 200$ and mount it on a DDLR or a mirorless camera with an adaptator ,you can experience the quality of Artistic photography at his best!
    Cheers.

  • bob2

    Tried the M8(several times)–garbage in low light (unusable at ISO 800+), ordinary everywhere else, color shifts, white balance issues, etc., etc. Guess the Leica koolaid wore off, or the film/developer chemicals wore off, and started seeing things objectively.

    M9 has same 1994-era sensor technology, only bigger. Bigger was not better.

    Amazing Leica still selling the same 1994-era sensor at premium 2012 prices. Imagine if any other camera maker tried to do this. Only Leica can get away with this. Oh, and the cameras are NOT made in Germany!!!! Mostly in Portugal, then “final” assembly in Germany.

    • http://haroldellis4444@gmail.com Harold Ellis

      dude you are beating a dead horse.
      rarely anybody buys leica for imaging purposes. and those who do, take any image quality or lack there of issues as “art” going back on mondays to their manager jobs.

  • http://www.davinellicson.com Davin Ellicson

    As a longtime Leica shooter and owner also of a Fuji X100, I must tell people that a neither an X100 or the X-Pro 1 system are a proper substitute for a Leica M. While the X-Pro 1 has a faster auto-focus than the X100, you simply miss photos with these cameras that you would never miss with a Leica. The precision of range finder focusing on a Leica is not to be matched. As far as the M-E goes, why not just pick up a mint M9 on Ebay for as much as a $1000 or more less than the M-E?

  • Mark

    I wonder how long until the all black version is coming. I would seriously consider selling a bunch of cams and lenses for this if it didn’t have the color of a 60’s submarine control panel. Come on, Leica. Paint it black.

  • Romney

    This is what turns me on.

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