Leica lens mounted on the Sony a7r camera (source)
Few weeks ago the German magazine Die Welt published an article called "Leica's nightmare is Sony" where they discussed the new a7/a7r mirrorless full frame cameras from Sony (currently in stock at B&H). The only real similarities between a Leica M and Sony a7 are the full frame sensor, small body size and the ability to use Leica M lenses. The Leica M is a classical rangefinder with manual focus, while the Sony a7 is a modern AF mirrorless camera (obviously the Leica M is also mirrorless, but I prefer to call it a rangefinder). The question remains: will Sony really impact the sales of Leica cameras? The new a7 offers a very attractive package for less money, but I have hard time believing that Leica users will start switching to Sony overnight. I see the a7 more as an upgrade for people who used APS-C or MFT mirrorless cameras, not really as a Leica alternative - a potential Leica M buyer is after the rangefinder mechanism and M lenses.
How about using Leica lenses with the Sony a7? Several people have reported that this may not be an optimal solution, especially for wide angle M lenses (vignetting). According to Ron Scheffler, who published few sample images on his website, rangefinder lenses still perform better on a Leica M9 camera:
→ Amazon currently has one black Leica M 240 camera in stock.
→ A rare 1932 gold-plated Leica Luxus II camera failed to set a new record at a recent Hong Kong auction and sold for "only" $620,000.
→ New Leica store opened in Moscow.
→ The 2014 Leica calendar is now available.
Leica Camera AG bought Sinar Photography AG - a manufacturer of view cameras:
The Leica M custom made camera by Jony Ive and Marc Newson for (RED) sold for $1,805,000 at Sotheby's charity auction in New York (hammer price with buyer's premium). The camera was initially expected to reach $500,000 to $750,000. The (RED) auction at Sotheby's raised a total of $26.2 million to fight AIDS in Africa.
Here is a list of the Leica M and S lenses that will get a price increase on January 1st, 2014:
|Tri-Elmar M 16-18-21 / f 4.0 ASPH
|18mm / f3.8 ASPH
|21mm / f1.4 ASPH
|24mm / f1.4 ASPH
|24mm / f3.8 ASPH
|28mm / f2.8 ASPH. M-Elmarit
|35mm / f2.0 ASPH Silver
|50mm / f1.4 ASPH Silver
|50mm / f2.0
|50mm / f2.5 Black
|90mm / f2.5 Black
|90 mm/ f4 Macro-Elmar
|135mm / f3.4 APO
|Vario-Elmar-S 1.3.5-5.6/30-90 ASPH
|Summarit-S 1:2.5/35 ASPH
Here is a list of Leica M lenses that are currently in stock at the Leica Store Miami:
Update: here is the list of lenses that will be impacted by this price increase.
Leica will have another price increase on January 1st, 2014 on selected M lenses. I will soon have the list of products that will be impacted. The good news is that almost all of the Leica M lenses are now in stock at B&H and Adorama.
Curious to know what the Leica prices were 27 years ago? See this post: