This just in: Leica Camera announced a new M-P Typ 240 Safari camera that comes with a silver Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH lens. The price of the kit is $9,990 and is currently available for pre-order at B&H, PopFlash and Leica Store Miami, Leica Store San Francisco and RedDotCameras (UK). The new Safari edition offers over $1,000 in savings compared to purchasing the M-P and lens separately (M-P costs $8k and the Summciron costs $3k). Shipping should start in late February or early March. The European price is €9,900 (€500 in savings over buying separately).
Update: this M-P Safari kit will actually be a limited edition model - only 1,500 units will be produced. The kit will also include a leather strap and a SD memory card holder. This is the first time we see a limited edition Leica camera that actually offers a savings over the regular model (the M-P was not part of the recent Leica rebates).
Here is the product description and few additional photos:
Few months ago I mentioned that Jessops will start selling Leica cameras. The UK based photography chain has now updated their website with a dedicated Leica online store. The Leica M offering is still limited, but hopefully they will expand it in the future.
Here is some additional information on the just announced 2015 Momenta and Leica Akademie workshops, including an exclusive discount available for Leica Akademie alumni:
Last year I reported that Leica will announce a new M240 Lenny Kravitz edition camera made from raw/coated brass. Well, the rumors were true - the new Leica M-P (Typ 240) Lenny Kravitz version will come in a kit with two different lenses: 35/2 ASPH and 50/1.4 ASPH (black paint E43). Only 120 pieces will be produced.
Here is a close up picture of the camera:
Lenny Kravitz recently published a new photography book called “Flash”. He is a Leica shooter.
Developing story... stay tuned for updates.
Leica camera announced their 2015 lineup:
Momenta Workshops, Leica Akademie Announce the 2015 Lineup
Momenta and Leica Camera announce The 2015 Project Series: Working With Nonprofits photography workshop lineup, including a series of one-day business skills workshops at Leica stores around the United States. This year’s workshops are hosted in New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Colombia, and Sierra Leone.
Just received this press release from Leica Camera - the development team off the Leica Summilux-C line of cinema lenses has been honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
Development Team of the Leica Summilux-C Lenses Receives the Scientific and Engineering Award®
The development team at CW Sonderoptic GmbH has been honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the prestigious film industry accolade for technical products and innovations, for the Leica Summilux-C (Cine) lenses. Yesterday the Academy presented the Academy Plaque® to Iain Neil (optical design) and André de Winter (mechanical design) in Los Angeles in the course of a gala evening at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. With the Science and Technology Awards, the Academy honors individuals and companies whose inventions and innovations make a significant and lasting contribution to the further development of the motion picture industry. Every year the Academy presents the awards two weeks before the Oscars® are awarded for the best movies, best actors and actresses, best directors, and best camera.