All many of us want is the Leica CL back. If you’re like me, it was one of the cameras that you cut your teeth on and loved to death. It was beautiful: small, took M mount lenses, and pretty affordable. And those days really need to come back or be recognized in some way.
From what a new report states though, the company is instead working on a brand new interchangeable lens camera system that will be built by Panasonic. Granted, Panasonic is part of the Micro Four Thirds consortium. What this could mean is that Leica is either working on some sort of Micro Four Thirds camera or they’re taking the ideas behind their APS-C point and shoots and giving them interchangeable lenses.
At this point though, we’re wondering who the product will be targeted at. And we hope it isn’t just a rebranded GM1.
Leica and its special editions … if during the production cycle of a Leica product there aren’t at least a dozen special editions made, it’s not deserving of the branding ‘Leica’. Or so seems to be the consesus among Leica’s product managers. And since there hasn’t been a special edition of the M Monochrom yet, they probably felt it was about damn time to create one! Hence the Leica M Monochrom ‘Ralph Gibson’ was conceived, featuring the signature of the US photographer of the same name, whose work mainly consists of monochrom images.
The camera, which comes in silver chrome instead of black chrome, is clad in a unique vulcanite leatherette and comes with both a custom strap and a silver Summilux-M 35mm f1.4 lens. The first M Monochrom ‘Ralph Gibson’ will be handed over to Ralph Gibson himself on December 11th at the Leica Store in Lisse, the Netherlands. Overall, no more than 35 pieces of this special camera will be made. Whether or not they’ll be sold exclusively via the Leica Store Lisse is currently unkown, but probable.
Despite Leica sometimes seemingly overdoing it with their special editions, we have to say this particular one looks mighty fancy.
Danny Schaefer, more than many other current young street photographers out there, is someone that we consider to be a well kept secret of a shooter. When I met Danny earlier this year on a photo walk with Eric Kim, I discovered a very humble, smart, and artistic man that would soon be leaving the New York area to go all the way to the west coast. We’ve chatted a bit since until he recently showed off his latest portfolio of work to me on Facebook.
Danny possesses a special skill that is tough for others to attain: he can not only capture excellent images but also carefully select and curate them for a portfolio that he keeps on Tumblr. And did we mention he is only 20 years old? Not many people have this much clarity at an age like that. In fact, Danny is now the West Coast Social Media Consultant for Leica.
Daniel Sawyer Schaefer is a photographer and cinematographer, born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of writers and filmmakers. His interest in photography began while documenting live theater and moved to street photography, documentary, and portraiture, where his drive to create images that capture narrative naturally unfolded. Featured at 18 by the LA times Framework photoblog, now twenty, Schaefer has studied in New York City at Parsons school of design, and now SACI Florence as the recipient of the International Consortium Scholarship. Schaefer works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer, studio lighting specialist, on top of being the social media consultant for Leica Los Angeles.
Danny had the time to answer a couple of questions about street photography and about having a vision.
In a totally unexpected move, Leica Camera AG has just purchased the Swiss large format camera maker Sinar. The details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but the press release states that the companies will collaborate in digital technologies, distribution and customer service. Sinar Photography AG’s headquarters will remain in Zürich, Switzerland, but Leica will henceforth manage the distribution of Sinar products.
Sinar covers the complete range of large format products, including camera bodies, digital backs, lenses, shutters as well as workflow software. The largest format camera that Leica is currently offering is the S medium format system. Leica’s acquisition of Sinar now raises the question whether we’ll see Leica-branded digital large format products in the future, which would only make sense considering that large format photography is both a niche and premium market–exactly what Leica is trying to serve.
A while ago we told you about a one-off Leica M Typ 240 desined by Apple’s Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson, the guy who styled the Pentax K-01 camera. We didn’t think that this unique Leica was considerably pretty back then. Well, now the camera has been sold at Sotheby’s, and guess what the final bid was … Oh right, we already gave it away in the title. So there you have it. An incredibly ugly Leica M that will be technically obsolete in a couple years was sold for almost two million dollars.
But consider this: it was a charity auction, with all proceedings going directly toThe Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. So whoever placed that final bid will be reminded of their good deed each time they pick up their new camera. That is, unless it’s going to be put in a safe so nobody can steal it. Which we think would be a really good idea, because you wouldn’t want to be seen with that ugly brick in your hand.
About three weeks ago, Leica Rumors spotted an official document by Taiwan’s National Communications Commission, mentioning a new Leica camera going by the name “T (Typ 701)”. Back then, we didn’t immediately pick up on it because we wanted to check back with Leica first, to hear whether there’s anything to it. Unfortunately, the company won’t comment on speculations. But considering that the NCC is a government institution that officially licenses new electronic devices, it seems pretty certain that this is an actual new Leica camera model.
Now, it is absolutely unclear as to what kind of a camera this is going to be. There are a couple clues, however, as Leica Rumors points out, and we have a fuzzy idea of what we’re going to see in this model. Leica’s CEO Alfred Schopf mentioned in a recent interview with Australian Camera magazine that his company would definitely come up with a compact system camera of some sort, possibly sporting an APS-C sensor. Parts of the camera and/or lenses might come from Panasonic, according to LR, and it will probably not be a rangefinder camera.
As long as there is no official statement from Leica, however, this is all just speculation and to be taken with a grain of salt. We’re pretty sure, though, that a Leica T is coming. We just don’t know when, and what it’ll look like. Yet.