Breaking: new Leica M-A film camera and 28mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH lens

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Westlicht revealed the mystery  item for the "100 years of Leica" special auction: a boxed set with a new Leica M-A film camera based on the Leica MP, a Leica M Monochrom and 28mm, 35mm, 50mm Summilux lenses (including a new Leica 28mm Summilux-M f/1.4 ASPH lens, previously discussed here and here). For now the new MA and 28 Lux are listed as limited edition, but I am sure they will be released to the public in the future. Here is the press release from Westlicht:

Lot 100: Edition No. 001/101

Starting Price: € 22.000

This year, Leica Camera AG is celebrating 100 years of Leica photography. On the occasion of this special anniversary, a uniquely special highlight will be presented in the course of the official opening celebration for the new Leica headquarters in the Leitz Park complex in WETZLAR on MAY 23, 2014: the Leica M Edition 100. The first set will be auctioned at the WESTLICHT SPECIAL AUCTION "100 YEARS OF LEICA" on May 23rd in Wetzlar.

As the first Leica special edition of its kind, the Leica M Edition 100 brings together a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography – the LEICA M-A – with a digital Leica M (LEICA M MONOCHROM) in one set. The combination of these two cameras is unique. Its symbolic character as an homage to the beginnings of Leica 35 mm photography and, in particular, to black-and-white photography makes the centennial edition truly special. This applies, above all, to its high-quality construction and finish: for the first time ever, both Leica cameras and the lenses in this set are made from solid stainless steel.

Both cameras stand as symbols for the origins of Leica photography and the present day. The Leica M-A, with technical specifications based on the currently available Leica MP film camera, is a direct descendent of the Ur-Leica. Alternatively, the second camera, a Leica M Monochrom, is the contemporary variation of the theme composed a century ago by Oskar Barnack.

The set also includes THREE SUMMILUX-M LENSES with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50 mm. Renowned for their combination of extremely compact size, speed and exceptional imaging quality, they ideally reflect the characteristic performance criteria with which Leica lenses contributed to the establishment of the brand as a legend.

The M centennial set will be supplied in a black anodized aluminium case constructed by Rimowa especially for Leica. Inside, the case is subdivided into compartments precisely tailored to the individual components of the set and lined with real leather in black.
The set also includes Kodak TRI-X 400 black-and-white film for use with the Leica M-A.

SPECIAL ENGRAVING on the top plate of the body commemorates the centennial, as do the unique serial numbers that end with the four digits of the years between 1914 and 2014.
The Leica M Edition 100 is strictly LIMITED TO 101 SETS for the entire global market. The cameras and lenses will be available exclusively as sets from Leica Stores and Boutiques from June 2014; none of the items contained in the sets will be available as separate items.

There are few other new Leica products announced today - I will cover them once I receive the final info from Leica Camera USA. In the mean time you can see the German press releases here.

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  • Mikko Moilanen

    Shut up and take my money :D

  • sperdynamite

    What’s the MA? Just a MP without a meter? Why not just leave the batteries out of the MP or M6? Oh yeah, I forgot. Rich people.

    • guest

      The epiphanies of the rich help drive the world’s economies, unlike the cheapskates who always bicker to save that last penny. So don’t be so distainful; they’re helping you, whether you realize it or not. :)

      • sperdynamite

        HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

        Ok republican national convention. The Waltons are helping me every day! I should thank my lucky Koch brothers that they’re so SMART. Billionaires are just a merry band of geniuses making the world go ’round.

        • bob2

          Viewed from the rest of the world, Spermy would be one of the “rich people” as well (depending on how its measured, US and Europe are the top 1-5% of the world’s wealth), with fancy cameras, computers and time to waste on the internet complaining about other rich people. Even in many parts of the US, you’d be considered wealthy. Maybe we should treat you with disdain too since you carry a camera and can afford Western inventions that made those terrible millionaires/billionaires like Gates, Jobs, Buffett, Getty, Morgan, Rockefeller, etc. so wealthy that they have been able to donate the majority of their estates to charity, arts, hospital wings, medical research, wildlife preservation, public television, etc. I assume Spermy that you contribute all your wealth to charity, like the rich who drive the arts through donations, grants, gifts, etc.

          BTW, our US President is worth several million US dollars, even though he’s worked to serve the “public” and public service. Who knew being a politician could make you a multi-millionaire? How did he get so rich protecting the “underprivileged”? Doesn’t he talk about the rich getting richer? BTW, I worked in a low-income non-profit organization, where the corruption was overt and rampant (all the decision-makers and purse-holders). And they are Democrats.

          Where I come from, poverty is the result of poor decisions and laziness–you either work your butt off, or you suffer the consequences. Everyone, especially the wealthiest and most successful, has suffered bad luck and setbacks, but you redouble your efforts and work out of the problem. Wallowing and blaming don’t get you out of the hole. Unfortunately most don’t want to accept the consequences of their poor choices and laziness, and truth is politically inconvenient.

          • sperdynamite

            Wow! Bootstraps and all that. Impressive. Where do you come from that poor people are all lazy and dumb? That seems statistically improbable.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdghantous/ kdghantous

            Strawman. That is not what he said and of course you know it.

            If you are happy, then there is no need to worry about money – or anything, really. Enjoy as much as you can, knowing that you can’t have (or wouldn’t want) everything.

          • sperdynamite

            “Where I come from, poverty is the result of poor decisions and laziness–you either work your butt off, or you suffer the consequences. Everyone, especially the wealthiest and most successful, has suffered bad luck and setbacks, but you redouble your efforts and work out of the problem.”

            “Strawman. That is not what he said and of course you know it.”

            - So that is exactly what he said.

            Where I come from, you work your butt off, but it doesn’t really matter because the system is rigged against anyone without a high amount of capital or access. Extreme cases of luck, or even rare-er true genius, can lead you somewhere, but hardly ever just ‘hard work,’ which implies that wealth generation is a bicycle and I need only pedal harder to get there. People in the USA struggle ‘just’ to be middle class these days. But SAY something about that, and you’re accused of being a lazy loser who just can’t do the right thing.

            All the while ‘smart’ rich folks buy stuff like the Leica M-A. A clear cut case of luxury market placement. It has no advantages over the existing MP, which has few advantages over the M7, and none over the M6, yet ‘smart’ ‘hardworking’ wealthy folks are lining up. You know because business at Leica is booming and their whole business plan is based on cost derived exclusivity.”

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdghantous/ kdghantous

            Bob2 said “Where I come from”. He is not talking about all poor people. Further, who is in a better position to make observations about the character of people around him: you or he?

    • Thurston Howell

      You poor people, always whining about what you can’t have. Maybe you should have gone to college and gotten a real job. It’s more likely your parents were sub-normal and hatched you out as the semi-moron that you are.

      Sorry you have to work so hard to buy your cheap SLR’s. Actually I bet you have the poor man’s wannabe-Leica, the stupid Fuji X system.

      Maybe in 5 years if you save up can afford an M8!

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kdghantous/ kdghantous

        In many cases (not all!), the poverty mentality is the cause of the lack of money, not the other way around. There are not very many victims in the first world. Some people will accuse me of generalizing, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Just keep an open mind.

        • fjfjjj

          Agreed, all the uneducated malnourished inner-city single-parent kids who are working at McDonalds and can’t even afford to eat there should just quit being so damn poor and grow up!

          • AdrianL

            Good point, fjfjjj. There is poverty all around us, and it’s not because the poor are stupid or lazy. More and more, poverty is inherited. And so is being rich.

          • sperdynamite

            Much like inheriting the legacy of a brand synonymous with pro performance. Inheriting this brand, and then sullying it with endless self-celebration and self proclaimed brilliance.

      • http://www.photoexposition.fr/ Jerome Milac

        Thurston,
        This is the most pathetic comment I’ve read, today. You are very narrow-minded, reducing the world of photographers to poor and rich ones, to people with real jobs and thus, people with none. You’re probably part of those people who believe being a photographer is not a real job, but on the other hand, spending the money from your real job to buy photography gear you don’t need and can’t use properly. Really pitiful. I’m glad I don’t have a real job !

        • Kynikos

          Jerome, Son.
          Google Thurston Howell. Perhaps, specifically, Thurston Howell III.
          Go on. Take a three-hour tour.

        • Thurston Howell

          You see Jerome, I went to college for photography. I have an MFA. I paid for it all by myself too. I work with a lot of high tech companies. I deal with scientists and engineers. People that know the value of a good education. The companies I work for wouldn’t hire some schmuck of the street.

          So yes, I believe photography is real job. And it IS my real job. And I take the money from my real job and invest it in gear. My Leica cameras set my images apart from the rest of the boring DSLR crowd (I do have to use a DSLR occasionally, but hey, it’s my JOB). And guess what? Since I have a degree I can use my equipment properly! I don’t have to Google how to use a strobe. I don’t even turn on my LCD because I already know whether I nailed the photo or not when I click that shutter.

          If you actually take the time to learn to do photography properly it’s a real job. When you buy a fancy DSLR and learn from Ken Rockwell University then you aren’t a real photographer and you don’t have a real job. Even if you con people into buying your images, you’re still faking it.

          Jerome, I bet you learned photography from the internet. Are you working for Fortune 500 companies? I don’t think so. I looked at your website. It’s just junk. Snapshots. THAT is really pitiful.

        • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

          Dude, it’s sarcasm (Thurston Howell – as in Thurston Howell the 3rd (Gilligan’s Island) – He’s having some fun.

  • sperdynamite

    What’s up with Disqus btw? This is not my avatar and I had to reset it yesterday after it picked some random one.

  • LeicaOwnerNotRich

    If you hate Leicas and the “rich people” that own them why the fuck are you here reading and commenting? Go back to Nikon Rumors and cry about the D400 or something you troll-dog.

    • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

      OMG, I’m a Nikon guy, but this is the best comment ever!

      You Leica guys, even when you flame, you have class.

      • LeicaOwnerNotRich

        “OMG”??? What are you? A 12 year old girl?

        • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

          That was a compliment. Since you choose not to accept it, I shall respond in kind:

          LOL, you tap your fingertips together and say “excellent” don’t you?

  • booh

    I remember on RFF there was a guy who did a custom job of ripping all electronics off a MP. Now Leica saves him the labor.

    I had always been looking forward to an advanced M7.2 – guess it will never come.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

    Kudos to Leica for releasing a film camera. Personally, I don’t find 35mm film interesting any more and I don’t know the reason why the world needs yet another 35mm film rangefinder, especially when the M7 is still alive… forget the others.

    Personally I think more people would pull out their wallets had Leica made a S that takes 120 film to shoot 645. I’m guessing at least some S lenses cover at least 645 because digital MF is already there and if digital S is to stick around, they have to go FF DMF 645 eventually. Sure, fewer places process 120 but anyone who can put down this kind of cash likely lives in a neighborhood that has such services or can at least afford to ship out their exposed rolls to have them processed. Longer turn around times with the latter but I doubt a serious film photographer who shoots several rolls a week would get a limited edition Leica costing this much to shoot every day when a M7 does the same thing.

    • Origamy

      Good idea for that Leica film processing & printing service in their stores. If they can specialise in chrome films, too, that would be nice.

      • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

        Another good suggestion. If they could start making digital cameras, it’s not a stretch to start producing their own film emulsions. A lot of film shooters definitely can do with some more film options, even if a roll costs 3x the price of other films.

        Also, a Leica-grade film scanning service combined with the processing would make things very appealing too.

  • xtophagain

    Leica is missing a significant trick here: given that the cameras are released as a set, the ma should have a shutter speed dial matching the m240.
    If they offered the mp with a modern dial they would tap a significant unserved market–the mp is the best film camera theyve ever made, and lack of battery dependence complements the digital camera, but switching between cameras with opposite-rotating dials is idiotic.

  • http://www.photoexposition.fr/ Jerome Milac

    Dear Thurston,
    You got it all wrong with me. I am not claiming that I’m a photographer at all, nor do I feel the need to tell you the job I am doing and to expose any of my credentials. However, you, on the other hand, must feel damn uncomfortable with your photography for being so obnoxious and violent with the rest of the photographer community. You are the one who is calling everyone else but you with names like morons and calling everyone else’s’ parents “sub-normal” (Sorry, but I’m a european, and you DO sound like a moron from the post-Weimar-Republic Era). Really strange, for such an educated photographer you keep telling you are. I feel sorry for the students you are teaching photography, provided you’re teaching at all, provided your Excellence feels like transferring any of your knowledge to the plebs at all. Heck, I feel sorry for anybody around you.

  • http://www.bradtrent.com Brad Trent

    Dentists across the nation are rejoicing at the news of this extra special box set….

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