Rumors: new Leica price increase coming in Europe

Leica is rumored to introduce a new price increase in Europe on July 1st. Most products will be impacted – for example, the new Leica M11 camera is rumored to go up by €350. Other countries outside Europe could also see a price increase.

Just a reminder that Leica had price increases in the US in March this year and in October last year. In May price increases followed also in the UK and in Japan:

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Leica announced a new long-term global strategic partnership in mobile imaging with Xiaomi

The rumors I reported last year are now confirmed: Leica and Huawei are no longer working together (the last Leica/Huawei phone was released last year). Today Leica announced a new long-term global strategic partnership in mobile imaging with Xiaomi (previously rumored here) and their first smartphone is expected in July.

For the Japanese market, Leica is still rumored to announce a new Leitz Phone 2/Leitz LUX smartphone.

Additional informtion:

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What’s next for Leica?

After the Leica Q2 Monochrom “Reporter”  announcements, here is an updated list of rumored/expected Leica cameras and lenses (see the previous lists here):

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Topaz Labs Gigapixel AI and Exposure X7 updates

Topaz Labs released Gigapixel AI version 6.1 with a new Face Recovery AI (with Gigapixel AI you can enlarge and enhance images up to 600% while improving the textures and details). For a limited time, Gigapixel AI  is $20 off (use code RUMORS15 on any Topaz Labs product for an extra 15% off).

Exposure Software Spring Sale: save 40% on the new Exposure X7 and all other products in the online store through May 24. The new Exposure X7 version has a new masking tool that makes it easier to separate a subject from the background with just a few clicks. Exposure X7 now also includes Workspaces, which reorganizes Exposure’s interface for a specific task, a unified crop and transform panel, defective pixel removal, and more.

Via PhotoRumors

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40th Leitz Photographica Auction catalog now available online

The catalog for the 40th Leitz Photographica Auction is now available online and at Live Auctioneers. The highlights from the upcoming auction can be found here –  Oskar Barnack’s 0-Series Leica camera is expected to fetch over $3M.

The upcoming auction will take place on:

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New Eddycam Easy elk leather camera straps (the softest camera strap available today)

Our sponsor EDDYCAM, the German elk leather camera straps manufacturer, has updated their EASY collection and released several new models:

  • EDDYCAM EASY II (99 euros)
  • EDDYCAM EASY plus II (129 euros)
  • EDDYCAM EASY color (149 euros)
  • EDDYCAM EASY black-nature (169 euros)

The EDDYCAM camera straps are the softest straps I have ever seen. Here are some hands-on pictures from the blue EDDYCAM Edition 35mm:

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It seems that the Leica CL/TL systems are now officially discontinued

I have been reporting for a while about Leica discontinuing the CL/TL product lines and it seems that this is now officially confirmed by Leica AG according to this forum post (you can still find the Leica CL in stock at Amazon):

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ON1 Photo RAW 2022.5 is coming in June with Leica M11 support

ON1 announced Photo RAW version 2022.5 with added support for the new Leica M11 camera. The new version will be released in June. This is a major update that includes several new features and enhancements including the full integration of ON1 Resize AI into Photo RAW (see the full list of improvements here).

15% off TopazLabs products with code RUMORS15
10% off ON1 products with code NIKONRUMORS
$10 off Skylum products with code PHOTORUMORS
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