New Leica M-P Typ 240 Safari kit with Summicron 35mm f/2 lens announced

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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 MiamiLeica 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:

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Leica cameras now available at Jessops (UK)

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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.

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More information on the Momenta and Leica Akademie 2015 workshops

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Here is some additional information on the just announced 2015 Momenta and Leica Akademie workshops, including an exclusive discount available for Leica Akademie alumni:

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This is the rumored Leica M-P (Typ 240) Lenny Kravitz limited edition camera

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Leica M-P Typ 240 Lenny Kravitz edition camera
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.

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Leica Akademie 2015 lineup announced

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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.

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Leica Summilux-C lenses received the Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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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.

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