All Leica Photokina announcements in one place

60 years Leica Photokina 2014
Many new products were released in the past 24 hours. Here is the recap:

Pre-order options:

New Leica products:

Other announcements:

Firmware updates:

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With just few small exceptions (Leica M-E upgrade) my previous "predictions" were spot on, especially on the Leica M Edition 60 which I first reported back in 2012. As previously reported, a new Leica Monochrome camera is still to be announced in the next few months.

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  • nanoscrew

    Any information on what the new Monochrom updates will be? My ideal Monochrom would be LCD-less like the M Edition 60.

    • Simon

      Agreed. What are your moles saying? How far away is it?

      • After Photokina – that’s all I know for now.

        • John-F

          What about the possibility of a monochrome version of the Leica M 240 ?

          BTW, is the Leica M-P 240 using the new Maestro II used in the Leica S Typ 007 ?

          • manufacturer2

            That would be a winner. M240 Monochrom.

          • John-F

            I think so too. A new Leica M (240) monochrom would bring the very best out of Leica M lenses (and force Leica to upgrade a few oldies).

            All in all, I think this Photokina has been one of the most disappointing in recent years. Nothing really new in the Leica M camera line, nothing really interesting in M lenses (we have yet to see technical specs PDFs for those new Summarit f2.4 BTW).

            Ok, a new Leica S with CMOS sensor (but with the same Mpixel count…) and an updated version of the Maestro chip, although we don’t have any real details yet from Leica.

            For info on the new Maestro II from its co-developer Fujitsu, see:

            A reminder that the Maestro ASIC chip is built upon Fujitsu’s Milbeaut platform, which is also shared with Nikon’s own EXPEED (among others).

            And not much new or exciting from other companies either. Have a look at Thom Hogan’s comments on Photokina 2014 from the mirrorless point of view:

            Oh well, PMA/CES 2015 is just around the corner. Come on Leica, a new Leica M 240 monochrom …

          • Ironymous

            Well, to be fair to a small company like Leica, they need a longer period to recover R&D costs. So I would expect about 3 product iterations without major changes, around 5-6 years. See the new S2 as an example.

      • After Photokina – that’s all I know for now.

    • Taking the lcd out of digital is like putting offroad wheels on a lambo. The main benefits that digital offers are the ability to see the photo that was taken immediately and to be able to manipulate it heavily in post. If you don’t want a lcd because you’re so sure about your shooting skills, why do you need to be able to heavily manipulate it?

      Your “ideal monochrome” sounds like a film camera with b&w film. But with film, you’re not limited to a tiny 35mm format… you can get better image quality and shallow DOF at the same time.

      • nanoscrew

        Digital offers many benefits beyond seeing photos right after you take them. Two of my favorite benefits are the metadata attached to the digital images, and the lack of a need to scan the negatives to get them on my computer.

        I actually prefer not to do much digital post- work on photos, so digital’s benefits do not include heavy manipulation for me personally.

        I shoot my current “ideal monochrom” exactly as you say, a film camera w/ b&w film. Image quality’s not an issue, but workflow is, and I’m excited to try out the Monochrom which people have been falling in love with, but I’m also patient enough to wait for my ideal if it’s coming in the next few months or even years.

        • Of course… that’s why I said “the main benefits…” instead of “the only benefits…” 😉

          Actually, the not needing to scan part is being able to see the photos right away. If it doesn’t have a LCD on the back, all you need to do is plug it in to a laptop/PC, for which you don’t need to wait for a day or hours.

          Also, if you were shooting a film format larger than 35mm, the benefits of a LCD-less digital camera aren’t straightforward.

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