Is the new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for L-mount produced by Sigma?


Before the official announcement, I reported on several occasions that the new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens for L-mount is rumored to be produced by Sigma. During the official announcement a few days ago, I could not find any official confirmation on that claim, but this is what I found online:

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PIXII is working on a new version of their APS-C connected digital rangefinder camera with Leica M-mount


PIXII is working on a new version of their APS-C connected digital rangefinder camera with Leica M-mount. One of the expected upgrades will be a new processor (see screenshot above).

PIXII is also developing a new, wider ISO range: starting with a pulled ISO 80, from a new base sensitivity of ISO 160 and up to ISO 15,200 – this will be available soon as a free upgrade for current PIXII camera owners.

It is good to see that PIXII is still actively developing and improving their product. If you have any experience with the PIXII camera, please leave a comment on this post. Thanks!

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Rumors: Sharp to announce a new AQUOS R6 smartphone with Leica cameras


Nokishita reports that this month (May) Sharp will announce a new AQUOS R6 smartphone that was jointly developed with Leica (I assume the camera was developed by Leica):

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Announced: Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH lens for L-mount



The previously rumored Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH is now officially announced. Two new bundle options with the SL2 and SL2-S were also introduced. The new Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–70 f/2.8 ASPH. is available to order today at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers for $2,795. The SL2 and SL2-S camera bundles coupled with the new 24-70 are priced at $8,795 and $7,195 respectively – representing a savings of $595 in either bundle:

Americas Europe Asia Africa
Adorama
B&H
PopFlash
Leica Miami
Leica Palm Beach
Tamarkin
Classic Connection
Meister Camera
Leica Shop
Calumet
Leica Store Lisse
Red Dot Cameras
Park Cameras
M&K Kamera
Rangefinder
f22
Map Camera
Cameratique

Additional coverage:

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Ending this week: $20 off Topaz Labs Gigapixel AI


The $20 off the new Topaz Labs Gigapixel AI is ending on May 7, 2021 (see the new and updated Topaz Labs pricing). Additional information on the new version can be found here.


Topaz Labs Image Quality Bundle is now on sale for $149.99 (orig. $259.97).


You can also get an additional 15% off all Topaz Labs products with code RUMORS15.

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More leaked pictures from the new Leica VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens


Here is a recap of all rumors for the upcoming Leica VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens:

  • The Leica VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens will be a part of a new “economy line” from Leica (not sure for the exact name of the new product line)
  • The VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens will be offered together with the Leica SL2s camera as a set
  • The lens will not have an all-metal body like other Leica SL lenses
  • The optics of the lens are rumored to be based on the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens, on the outside the lens will look more like the Panasonic Lumix S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for L-mount
  • The lens will be announced on May 6th
  • The price of the Leica SL2s with the Leica VARIO-ELMARIT-SL 24–70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens will be just below €6,500 (around $7,800 – US prices are usually lower).
  • The US price of the lens alone should be $2,750
  • Here are some new leaked pictures:

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Coming soon: TTartisan 90mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount

TTartisan and 7artisans will announce several new lenses in 2 weeks and one of them will be the TTartisan 90mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount:


See the full list of upcoming lenses at PhotoRumors.

7artisans already has a 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount – see the previous lens coverage here and here.

Update – here is another picture of the upcoming lens:

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Leica SL2-S firmware v2.0 released


Leica released firmware v2.0 for the Leica SL2-S camera. Here is the list of improvements:

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