Leica R-adapter L for the SL Typ 601 starts shipping

The Leica R-adapter L for the SL Typ 601 (for using R lenses on the SL) started shipping in the US (the price is $750).  The adapter is compatible with R lenses produced after 1976. Here is the full list of supported lenses:

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Leica Q firmware update version 2.0 to be released on July 26th

I received some information that a new firmware update version 2.0 for the Leica Q camera will be released on July 26, 2016. The download links will be available on Leica's website and in the Leica Owner’s Area.

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Leica at Photokina 2016

Leica Camera AG to be ‘Official Photography Partner of Photokina 2016’ with a professional presence in Hall 2.1, and major exhibition at the Leica Gallery in Hall 1

Wetzlar, 20 July 2016: Leica Camera AG has announced that its presence this year at photokina 2016 in Cologne will be focused on professional photography and the needs of professional users – in addition to a unique exhibition in Hall 1 that the company will present as ‘Official Photography Partner of photokina 2016’.

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Leica will work with other electronics companies

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After the Huawei P9 smartphone, Leica will continue to work together with other electronics companies. The cooperation with Huawei was only the beginning - this is according to the German magazine "Capital" (issue 08/2016, EVT July 21). The exact quote from Leica CEO Oliver Kaltner was:

"There are lenses in every television, every console, action cameras, drones. We are open for further discussion. And we are currently in discussions."

At one point Leica even tried to work together with Apple, but the negotiations fell apart (Dr. Kaufmann's comment: "In my view, Apple is not a company that likes collaborations").

Here is the original press release in German and the translated version:

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Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens in silver anodized finish

Today Leica Camera officially announced the silver anodized version of the APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens (I reported this rumor last week). The US price is $7,995 (£5,900 in the UK). Pre - order links:

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Leica rumored to announce a new line of M cinema lenses


For Photokina in September Leica is rumored to announce new line of M cinema lenses (with cine housing/gears). The first set of lenses will be all Summilux versions (f/1.4). Based on this rumor we can speculate that the next M camera will have some serious video upgrades. Expect to see more video workshops offered by Leica Akademie.

Leica already has a professional line of cinema C lenses (Summilux-C and Summicron-C).

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