What to expect from Leica next week: M9-M, X2, 50mm Cron lens (updated)

This is an update to my previous post on my expectations and rumors for the Leica announcement in Berlin next week.

Leica M9-M Monochrome rangefinder:

  • All black camera body with no red dot or any other markings on the front, there will only be a Leica Monochrome engraving on the top plate (similar to the M9-P). The M9-M will  basically be a M9-P but with a monochrome sensor.
  • The price of the new M9-M will be slightly higher than the M9-P ($8000) - my guess is $8,500 or $9,000.

Leica X2:

  • Probably with a new 16MP or 18MP sensor (I assume APS-C, not full frame).
  • The new X2 is rumored to have a Summilux 35mm f/1.4 lens (the X1 had a 24mm Elmarit f/2.8 lens).
  • The price is expected to be $1000 more than the current X1 (or around $3000).
  • Update: the Leica X2 may have an optional EVF. Expected also: improved AF and better LCD screen.

Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-M lens:

  • The new lens is expected to cost $1000 more than its predecessor (or around $3,300.00).

Leica V-Lux 40:

  • Next week Leica may also announce the V-Lux 40 which will replace the current V-Lux 30 point and shoot model. My only concern is that a point and shoot camera introduction will not fit with the other three new products.

There is again some talk about two new Hermes Limited Edition kits - the first one will have 1 camera + 1 lens, the other one will have 1 camera + 2 or 3 lenses and will probably include a silver Noctilux with a price tag of €40.000. I don't think those will be announced next week. Update: I've heard also that buyers may have to sign an agreement not to sell the unit within 2 years of purchase.

The Leica M10, S3 and the new mirrorless solution will all be introduced during the 2012 Photokina show in September.

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