Interview with Dr. Stefan Immes on the new Opema Jena Biotar lenses with rangefinder coupling

Dr. Stefan Immes, who revived the Meyer Optik brand of German lenses three years ago, has launched a new lens company called Opema Jena, which for its first project is bringing back the Biotar 75/f1.5, a lens originally produced by Carl Zeiss. Oprema launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Biotar last week. Very soon they will announce a new Oprema Jena Biotar 58 f/2 lens that will also be available for Leica M mount with rangefinder coupling:

Update: the new Biotar 58 f/2 lens for Leica M will initially not have a rangefinder coupling on Kickstarter but it will have it later when it goes to serial production.

What makes this lens exciting for Leica users is that, unlike other lenses that Immes has produced at Meyer Optik, the new Biotar will have rangefinder coupling. We talked to Immes about how this new project came about:

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Giveaway: one year of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography membership

I have a new giveaway where you can win one year of free Adobe Creative Cloud Photography membership.

This giveaway is valid also for existing Adobe Creative Cloud members (Adobe will give you an extra year on top of your current subscription).

Here is how to win:

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Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 lens gets smashed in checked luggage


Posted by Leica Rumors on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In case you missed my Facebook post from three days ago - this smashed $10,995 silver Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 lens should be your reminder to never check-in your camera gear when flying:

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New Angelo Pelle half cases, neck and wrist straps for the Leica S, Leica SL

Angelo Pelle announced a new half case for Leica S medium format cameras together with new neck/wrist straps designed for the Leica S and SL models.

The new products are made from high-quality leather, the inner finishing is done with an extra soft suede leather. A removable backdoor is included in each case.  All cases are hand stitched.

The cases and straps can be purchased directly at

Additional pictures:

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Update: Leica SL Typ 601 camera is not even close to being discontinued

A quick update on my previous post: Today I got a confirmation from Leica Camera USA that the SL Typ 601 is not even close to being discontinued anytime soon (see also this related post from last month). I have been reporting for years when Leica products are listed as discontinued at various retailers and sometimes those listings are simply a mistake that gets fixed after a few days. The recent SL price drop was a strategic price adjustment (just like some other recent Leica offers), not an indication of an imminent release of a new SL model.

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Leica SL Typ 601 listed as “expired” and “no longer orderable” at Swedish retailer

The Leica SL Typ 601 mirrorless camera ($5,995) is listed as "expired" and "no longer orderable" at ScandinavianPhoto (authorized Leica dealer).

Update: the page was removed but you can still access it on Google cache.

In the US the price of the Leica SL recently dropped by $1,455.

In the next few months Leica is rumored to announce a new mirrorless camera with TL-mount and EVF. I have not heard any rumors about a new SL version.

Update: Leica SL Typ 601 camera is not even close to being discontinued.

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The new Oprema Jena Biotar 75/1.5 lens for Leica M-mount comes with rangefinder coupling

As I already reported, the new Oprema Jena Biotar 75/1.5 lens for Leica M-mount will have rangefinder coupling. The lens is already listed for funding on Kickstarter. The full press release can be found on

Additional information:

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