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Peter Karbe, head of the optical development department at Leica Camera AG, explains the reason behind the "slow" lens of the Leica X Vario camera:

"The design and construction of any lens is an attempt to create harmony among a number of sometimes contradictory requirements. It’s not good enough to optimize one single property of the lens; it’s much more a matter of achieving an equally high standard in many areas. I like to use a metaphor from the world of sports, comparing the process with the modern pentathlon, where only the best in all five disciplines can win."

Amateurphotographer reviewed the Leica X Vario camera:

"Initially it is hard not to be frustrated by the relatively small maximum aperture of the camera's fixed zoom lens, especially when many of its competitors have fixed f/2 lenses or larger. However, the camera handles very well and produces great images, and for most types of photography that the Leica X Vario will be used for the f/3.5-6.4 aperture shouldn't be an issue. Overall, the Leica X Vario is an enjoyable camera to use, but it does come at a very high premium."


The quiet revolutionary design classic at BBC:

"Many of the world’s great photojournalists have used Leica’s evergreen range of 35mm rangefinder cameras for their most memorable work, among them Robert Doisneau – who can forget his 1950 shot of two young Parisian lovers kissing in front of the Hotel de Ville? – Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rene Burri, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt and Sebastiao Salgado. And, of course, there was that image of Che Guevara – the Heroic Guerilla – which Alberto Korda said he took with a Leica M2, and which has been reproduced on millions of t-shirts, posters and coffee mugs ever since."

Check out the leicaimages.com Hall of Fame.

Leica M9 Titanium for sale
The Leica store in SoHo still has a Leica M9 Titanium for sale (listed at $34,995).

The 45th annual LHSA meeting will be held in San Francisco on October 29 - November 3, 2013.

Stone Leica M3 sculpture outside of Arrow Camera in Yotsuya, Tokyo.

This large Leica camera is at the entrance of Leica Camera facility in Porto, Portugal.

Leica M vs. Contax G series video:

Inside the Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles:

Watch Alfred Schopf, CEO, and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Majority Shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, explain Leica Camera's heritage and the next steps into the brand's development against the backdrop of the Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles, which opened its doors on June 20, 2013.

This Walter SD card holder is designed to look like a mini M:


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  • Che Guevara a heroic guerrilla? Nothing like ruining a great read with faux pas like that.

    What next? Rasputin, murderer or royalty, or misunderstood cleric?

  • camaman

    I guess marketing had to threaten the poor guy and force him to come out an help explain the slow lens situation.
    Desperate attempt and very dubious reason is given…

  • Joe Marti

    “Che” Guevara the ‘heroic guerilla’ who personally executed innocents for Marxist sport and the noble North Vietnamese napalmed by the evil Americans. Still waiting for that multi-party democracy in Indochina from them. A good read ruined, indeed. But alas, it is the wretched BBC.

  • James Donahue

    So my question is, does this or any Leica Botik have all the latest camera and lenses and accessories for immediate sale. Cash and carry as they say in dixie.

  • Salesdeplata

    “Robert Doisneau – who can forget his 1950 shot of two young Parisian lovers kissing in front of the Hotel de Ville? –” Funny thing, that picture was taken with a Rolleiflex…

    • Yadda

      And it was posed.

  • pooh

    I remember very clearly what they said on justifying the M8’s need for UV/IR filter, which was echoed by some “avid users”. Just to get slapped in the face three years later.

  • Charlie

    Hmmm, referencing photographs from 60 years ago in order to justify and sell a modern camera. Please at least reference an iconic photograph taken with a Leica within the past 5-20 years! In principle I agree that camera design is a set of compromises defined by the laws of physics and technology at the time, but the fact is that modern users expect to be able to take photos in very low light (which other cameras offer) – wasn’t that once one of the main selling points of a Leica (M)?

  • Karim Ghantous

    Leica made the right decision in preferring image quality over aperture width. If you want a bulky zoom, CA, soft edges and distortion, by all means pass on this camera. A lot of people – usually inexperienced and not yet appreciative of the depth and range of photographic styles – are obsessed with aperture size. I am not. YMMV.

    • If you ask me, anyone who goes for any zoom is “usually inexperienced and not yet appreciative…”. YMMV.

      • Karim Ghantous

        There are some truly good zooms, especially cinema lenses. You must do your homework, though, and not take the word of someone who just got a Canon EF 24-70/2.8 for Christmas.

        • Take a look at the lenses I’ve used before asking if I have done my homework Lol

          What you haven’t done is understand optics: A prime can always be made better than a zoom with the same amount of effort.

    • Clint

      Ahh yes…….those who desire faster apertures are just inexperienced and ‘not yet appreciative’….OK…..way to defend a poorly spec’d lens. On the other hand…maybe people want a camera that can take photos in something besides bright light or lugging a tripod.

      By the way…zoom lenses and quality are not mutually exclusive. The Fuji 18-55 is a good example of a nice balance between image quality, size and speed.

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