Leica digest #152

AstrHori announced a new and upgraded 28mm f/13 periprobe lens with a 360° rotating base for Leica L-mount.

The next Leicapalooza will take place at Tamarkin Camera in Chicago from July 12 – 14.

→ Another Leica APO-Telyt-R 1600mm f/5.6 lens report by Juza Photo.

→ The new Luminar mobile app for iPhone is now available for download. You can get 20% off with code MOBILE20.

→ The WANDRD camera bags summer sale is going on right now – you can save 40% on the Yuma Tan and Sedona Orange models, 20% on all other PRVKE colorways, and 20% on all ROGUE Sling colors and sizes.

→ The new Panasonic S9 camera for L-mount will be in short supply because of high demand.

→ Interesting interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufmann by Profifoto:

“ProfiFoto: In October 2011, the US investment company Blackstone acquired a 44% stake in Leica Camera AG from ACM. Investment companies like Blackstone usually do not hold on to investments for ten years, but sell them on. What is the outlook here?

Dr. Kaufmann: You have to ask Blackstone that question. Our collaboration has been extremely successful so far, and we are confident that we can continue to be successful together. Looking to the future, we will make the best possible decision in the interests of the company and everyone involved.

ProfiFoto: What is your opinion on the option of taking Leica Camera AG public again? Is the expansion of the brand line-up a preparation for this step?

Dr. Kaufmann: The expansion of our brand line-up to include products such as watches, eyeglass lenses, a cinema TV and the cooperation with companies such as Xiaomi and Sharp in the smartphone sector are part of our strategy to expand our product range around the company’s core competencies such as optics, mechanics, design, software and electronics. These steps are aimed at making Leica future-proof and more versatile, while at the same time opening up new market opportunities for us.”

→ This ultra-rare Leica MP2 black paint camera was auctioned for €1,560,000 (around $1.68 million) at the latest 44 Leitz Photographica Auction in Leitz Park in Wetzlar.

→ The results from the Ostlicht Caera Auction are also out: a Leica 250 GG camera with Leica-Motor MOOEV No.10006 sold for €1,100,000.

→ Shinjuku Kitamura camera store to open a new Leica boutique in Tokyo.

→ Red Dot Forum Camera Talk: show us your Leica kit.

Wetzlar Camera Auctions: Leica MS (October 12th, 2024).

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