The latest Leica rumors

Those are the latest Leica related rumors I have been receiving:

  • I already mentioned that the next lens to be announced by Leica will be a new 50mm f/2.0 Summicron-M ASPH. A l-camera-forum member recently discovered a new lens code in the latest M9 firmware that is probably designated for the new 50mm Cron:

"Since I had already coded the lens as code 53, I tried the other frame lines. Guess what, code 53-3 (110101 with frame 50/75) brings up a new lens called 50/2. The current 50 summicron (VI and V) and previous version (III) already have codes 33 and 23. So, is this new 53-3 code for an upcoming, new 50 summicron which has been speculated about?"

  • Leica M10 will have live view, announcement at Photokina 2012.
  • Possible Leica lens price increase at the end of 2011. No surprise here since Leica has been raising prices in the last few years. The 50mm Summilux is one of the lenses that will probably get a price increase (current US price: $3695).
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