Is Leica impacted by the recent developments at Kodak?

Several readers asked me about the future of the M9 and S2 cameras since they use Kodak sensors and the company recently filed fot chapter 11 bankruptcy. First, last year Kodak sold their sensor division and Leica can still get their sensors from the new owner Platinum Equity. Second, I believe that Leica will go with a Sony CMOS sensor for the M9 replacement at Photokina and the old Kodak sensor may be needed for just few more months of M9/M9-P production.

For all film users: Kodak's film division is still profitable.

In conclusion, I basically do not see Kodak's bankruptcy filing to impact Leica's business in any way.

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