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Curiosity Factor: Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 gets completed review, samples (some RAW) and hands-on previews, January 9, 2014
The new Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 micro four thirds prime lens was announced as a product (finally going beyond the development announcement) at CES 2014 and it cannot be accused of being vaporware. The lens has already picked up... Continue

Official: Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f1.2 DG Noctictron M43rds lens [with preview and samples], January 6, 2014
It is not just a sea of fixed lens camera announcements. Panasonic+Leica wants to drill a hole in your wallet as they have officially announced the new Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f1.2 DG Nocticron ASPH PowerOIS prime lens for Micro Four... Continue

New Sinar p-MF-L for Leica S-cameras, December 12, 2013
The Leica and Sinar marriage had a baby! The new Sinar p-MF-L offers View camera features on Leica S-series medium format cameras. Details via Photography Blog and Capture Integration and Fotointern.ch and Photoscala.de (computer translated). Continue

M&A: Leica Buys Sinar, November 26, 2013
Leica's resurgence, both in financial and photographic terms, perhaps gave it the extra liquid $courage$ to get the deal done, they have now purchased Sinar! Medium format did not become a "hot" field during the digital revolution, and remained a... Continue

Lives of the Rich and Famous Cameras: gold-plated Leica Lexus II hoping to get at least $1.6 million USD in auction, October 25, 2013
It's a new episode of "Lives of the Rich and Famous Cameras". A rare gold-plated Leica Lexus II (no relation to the Toyota cars) is going to be auctioned in Hong Kong and the auction insiders are confident it will... Continue

Panasonic M43rds developing two Leica Primes (15/1.7 and 42.5/1.2) and compact 35-100mm with GM1 in mind, October 17, 2013
Panasonic officially announced that they are developing a new 15mm f1.7 micro four thirds lens, with the blessings of Leica, the Leica DG Summilux tags along the lens. Also coming up 42.5mm f1.2 Leica DG Nocticron and a Panasonic-only 35-100mm... Continue

New Leica 45mm f2.8 Medium Format lens, October 2, 2013
Leica has announced a new medium format lens, the 45mm f2.8 ASPH S-Elmarit. It will be priced somewhere between a used Honda Civic and a used Honda Accord. Press release parade at dpreview and Photography Blog and Photoscala.de. Leica also... Continue

New Leica C Type 112 compact with RAW is a Panasonic LF1 cousin, September 9, 2013
One step short of sending Leica a bag full of money is buying their "interpretations" of Panasonic digital cameras with 2X to 3X the original price. So if you feel compelled to send Leica a bag of money, you may... Continue

New Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f1.2 DG Noctictron M43rds lens, August 1, 2013
It's not just raining new cameras in the world of Micro Four Thirds, it is also raining new lenses! Today Panasonic announced via press release the new Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f1.2 DG Noctictron stabilized M43rds lens. The spartan announcement is... Continue

Leica announces G-Raw D-Lux 6 luxury edition of the D-Lux 6 (which was a luxury edition of the Panasonic LX7), June 19, 2013
Leica-Leica-Leica, an integral part of the history of photography, but also a poster child of the ridiculous. Leica got a lot more ridiculous street-cred today when they announced the new G-Star D-Lux 6 luxury limited edition. This is a luxury... Continue

ISO comparison: Leica X Vario T107 vs Nikon A vs Ricoh GR vs Canon G1x vs Leica X2, June 17, 2013
Pixel-peeping time! Wipe the monitors clean, fire up the kettle/coffeemaker/vending-machine, Focus Numerique has published their standard ISO comparison for the Leica X Vario Type 107 with featured comparisons between it and the Ricoh GR, Nikon A, Canon G1x (the closest... Continue

Curiosity factor: Leica Vario X reviews and samples (also: in-stock for $2850), June 17, 2013
Leica bucked the trend of "Big Sensor Primes" by launching the new Vario X, an APS-C camera with a zoom lens glued to its front and a half-an-M price of $2850. The camera is already in-stock and shipping from Amazon... Continue

The Carl Zeiss name is replaced by just Zeiss on the Touits, June 16, 2013
Fotointern.ch (computer-translated) made an interesting observation. Carl is gone! "Carl" from the "Carl Zeiss" is absent from the Zeiss Touit lenses. It is just Zeiss. However, some of the early production lenses still have the "Carl Zeiss" name on them.... Continue

New Leica Vario X with 16mp APS-C sensor and glued-in zoom lens, June 11, 2013
The teasers are over, the new Leica Vario X is now officially announced as a 16mp APS-C digital camera with a glued-in 28-70mm f3.5-6.4 "equivalent" zoom lens. In an era where APS-C primes are the norm, it is perhaps a... Continue

Leica Mystery Camera: 16mp samples with Leica's blessings, June 8, 2013
Photographer Jono Slack published a handful of real-world JPEG samples taken with the Mystery Leica Camera (to be revealed June 11 in 2013). The samples are around 16-megapixels. The photographer says that he should be able/allowed to post some RAW... Continue

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