What to expect from Leica at Photokina 2010 (*updated*)

Photokina is the biggest photography equipment show in the world and it takes place every two years in Cologne, Germany. For Leica Camera AG, this is their “home turf” – Solms is 150km/100miles away from Cologne. As Rudi Spiller mentioned on the last financial report, Leica has used Photokina to make some major announcements in the past: in 2008 for example, they announced 9 different products:

  • Leica C-Lux 3
  • Leica Dlux 4
  • Leica M8.2
  • Leica S2
  • Leica Noctilux 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH
  • Leica Summilux 21 mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Leica Summilux 24 mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Leica Elmar 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH
  • and the digital projector Leica Pradovit D-1200

Here are the current speculations/rumors/expectations on what Leica will announce at Photokina 2010 (of course some of the listed products may get announced at a later date, others may be completely wrong):

  • Leica D-Lux 5: this is a given, considering previous release patterns and the fact that Panasonic already announced their LX5 version. I do not expect another point and shoot camera from Leica, since the V-Lux 20 was released just few months ago.
  • Leica M9 update (maybe M9.2): similar to the M8.2 update, the M9.2 will probably offer sapphire glass and few other minor improvements. Update: the M9 update could actually be a titanium limited edition.
  • Leica S2: if the rumors are true, an updated Leica S2.2 is expected (no idea what could be included in this update ).
  • Some new M lenses: here the speculation can go wild, basically everything is possible.
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