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The New Leica M11 – A Legend Reinvented



The new Leica M11 combines the experience of traditional rangefinder photography with contemporary camera technology, delivering a maximum of flexibility to every photographer. Featuring an exclusive triple resolution sensor, expanded ISO range, dual memory, extended battery life and a streamlined and intuitive menu system, the Leica M11 represents a new benchmark in digital photography and the most flexible M-System camera in Leica’s storied history.

At the heart of the new Leica M11 is a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor with Triple Resolution Technology. Raw image files in DNG format and JPEGs can be recorded at 60, 36, or 18 megapixels, always using the full sensor area. The 60-megapixel options delivers unprecedented image quality and detail resolution, exploiting the full optical potential of Leica’s latest APO Lenses for the M-System – whereas the lower resolutions enable faster camera performance, extended burst lengths, and smaller files.

A special IR + UV cut filter – comprising of two extremely thin, cemented layers of glass – achieve an especially effective correction of even the most oblique rays of incident light. Thanks to a new color filter array, the camera also offers an improved, more natural color reproduction.

While maintaining the iconic look of a traditional Leica M, the carefully optimized design of the Leica M11 is focused on efficiency and ergonomics. The controls have been arranged in a unique layout around the new, 2.3 million pixels, high-resolution touchscreen. The menu structure of the M11 remains consistent with that of the Leica SL2 and Q2, unifying the acclaimed interface for a more user-friendly experience.

The Leica M11 has a sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 50,000; it records a 14-bit color depth and has a dynamic range of up to 15 stops. With its Maestro III processor, the Leica M 11 offers a fluid and responsive operation, even at the highest resolution and image quality. With the optional electronic shutter featuring a shutter speed of up to 1 / 16000 of a second, photographers are empowered to work with wide open apertures, in bright light – without ND filters. The M11 marks the first time multi-field metering in rangefinder mode will be available, affording photographers a valuable tool to curate light.

The black-finish variant of the Leica M11 features a top plate made of high-quality aluminum with an especially scratch-resistant coating, resulting in a body that is approximately 20% (100 grams) lighter than its silver-chrome counterpart. By comparison, the silver chrome M11 feature a classic brass top plate and weighs in at 640 grams.

Unique to the M11 is the deliberate omission of the traditional base plate, offering photographers easy direct access to the battery and SD card. In addition to the SD card slot, the Leica M11 is equipped with a generous internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes. As a result, the M11 is the first M model to save image files simultaneously onto two different storage media. The 1800mAh battery stores 64% more energy than before, and combined with the camera’s more efficient operation, allows for considerably longer shooting sessions with a single charge. In addition, the newly added universal USB-C port also serves to charge the camera’s battery, using most USB-C chargers.

Upgraded connectivity features of the Leica M11 will be available through a new firmware version in the second half of 2022. This will enable the new M11’s advanced connectivity capabilities that will elevate users’ mobile workflows and enhance the Leica FOTOS app with the possibility to embed location data, access images via Bluetooth connection, and allow increased transfer rates. Moreover, the Leica M11 is already an Apple “Made for iPhone and iPad” certified accessory and as such, offers unique abilities with the included Leica FOTOS cable.


Leica Ultra-Robust Product Variant with Kevlar Armor Available Now



On November 4, as part of the Celebration of Photography in Wetzlar, Leica Camera AG announced a product variant of the full-frame compact camera Leica Q2, available as of now. The Leica Q2 Report continues a long tradition of Leica cameras that are specifically geared towards the challenging working environments of reportage and press photographer – offering maximum precision and reliability even in the most adverse conditions.

Instead of the traditional leather trim, Leica Q2 Reporter is equipped with a ‘body armor’ made of Kevlar, a synthetic material widely used in the production of high-grade protective clothing. This is perfectly complemented by the camera’s matte-green finish, achieved with a particularly scratch and abrasion resistant paint. The result is an exterior that is both hard-wearing and discreet.

The Kevlar trim, which is characterized by a distinctive weave pattern, effectively protects the camera against mechanical, chemical and thermal hazards. Although the fabric is initially near black, exposure to UV rays will gradually change its tone, until it closely matches the camera’s paint finish. In addition, the Kevlar fibers become slightly more raised over time, which further improves the photographer’s grip on the camera.

The camera’s overall design shows that a strong emphasis has been placed on an unobtrusive appearance: the red Leica logo on the front has been omitted; the engravings and operating elements are discreetly inlaid, so that neither their purpose – nor the camera’s true value, are immediately apparent.

The Leica Q2 Reporter is now available at specialist retailers.


Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee Edition



Leica Camera AG has teamed up with two stars of the skateboarding scene – the fashion label Vans, and the skater, musician and photographer Ray Barbee: an extraordinary camera that encapsulates the spirit and lifestyle of skateboarding culture. Ray Barbee summarizes the venture’s core emotion: “The joy is in capturing the journey.”

Vans has been creating skate shoes and clothing for more than five decades – staying true to its underground essence whilst gaining global renown. The multi-talented Ray Barbee not only counts as a pioneer within the skateboarding scene, but is also known as a successful musician and Leica photographer. “I am very honored tone working with both Vans and Leica – not just to respective fields. The coming together of these two brands represents a truly special collaboration.”

The Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee Edition is covered Vans’ iconic checkerboard pattern. The top plate of the camera features Ray Barbee’s signature, as well as the Vault logo – a sub-brand which Vans reserves for particularly high-end products and exclusive collaborations. The set includes a specifically designed carrier strap and matching dust bag, both in petrol blue. One side of the bag is adorned with Barbee’s quote, “The joy is in capturing the journey,” which has become the motto of this joint venture and its resulting products. The other side of the dust bag shows the famous words of Ernst Leitz II: “Icon entscheide hiermit: Es bird riskiet” (“I hereby decide: the risk shall be taken”) – which marked the go-ahead for the production of the Leica I in 1924.

The limited-edition Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee has the same technical specifications as the serially produced model, distinguished by a large Micro Four Thirds sensor and fast zoom lens with a full-frame-equivalent range of 24-75mm. Vans complements the collaboration with specially designed T-shirts as well as shoes (including a petrol-colored model with red eyelets and checkerboard lining) adorned with the afore-mentioned quotes by Ray Barbee and Ernst Leitz II.

The Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee Edition is priced at € 1495 incl. VAT.


Leica Camera and Sharp Corporation Partner in Smartphone Photography



Leica Camera AG and Sharp Corporation announced the establishment of a long-term technology partnership and presented the first AQUOS R6 Smartphone ‘co-engineered with Leica’ for the Japanese market. Both companies are working in close collaboration in the field of optical engineering and the development of innovative solutions for the achievement of best possible imaging quality in the smartphone photography segment.

The AQUOS R6 ‘co-engineered with Leica’ has been developed exclusively for the Japanese market. This smartphone impresses with an exceptionally large 1-inch sensor. In combination with integrated Leica lens technology, this not only ensures excellent picture quality on the end-device, but also enables the production of outstanding quality prints.

Since its founding in 1912, Sharp has been responsible for continuous innovation in numerous product categories. With cutting-edge technologies and absolute commitment to highest standards of quality and design, the products manufactured by Sharp stand for best entertainment, maximum convenience and new perspectives.

For more than 100 years, the Leica brand has been synonymous with photographic excellence, best image quality and the finest German design and engineering. The company manufactures premium quality cameras and lenses and its precision tools continue to impress both professional photographers and new comers in all areas of photography. An integral part of the Leica brand culture is the diversity of activities the company undertakes for the achievement of photography – since the beginning, this long-established company has promoted both established photographers and up-and-coming young talent from around the world.


Leica Releases New Universal Zoom Lens and Launches Two Lens-And-Camera Sets



Leica Camera AG is expanding the Leica SL lens portfolio with another powerful zoom lens. The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH is equally suited to reportage, travel, studio, architectural and landscape photography, as well as portraits, close-ups, and video productions. With its extensive focal range and consistently high light sensitivity of f/2.8, the new addition is the quintessence of a universal lens. Thanks to its excellent price-performance ratio, it also represents a perfect opportunity to upgrade to the SL-System. The two new lens-and-camera sets are also aimed specifically at newcomers to the SL-System, and are therefore very favorably priced.

The elaborate lens design, comprising 19 elements in 15 groups, ensures an outstanding optical performance. A total of three elements feature aspherical surfaces on both sides. Nine specialist-glass elements with anomalous partial dispersion provide excellent chromatic correction across the entire focal range. The internal focus is based on a single, light-weight lens element, and utilizes a quiet stepper motor to deliver a fast and precise autofocus. With it robust metal body and ingress protection against water spray and dust, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASPH can even be used in harsh environmental conditions.

The compact dimensions of the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASHP are made possible by the absence of in-lens optical image stabilization. When the lens is mounted on the SL2 or SL2-S, the camera’s suspended image sensor provides highly effective image stabilization. This applies equally to still photography and video recordings. The aperture of the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70 f/2.8 ASHP comprises of 11 blades – facilitating a harmonious, circular bokeh. The minimum focusing distance is just 18 centimeters from the sensor plane (at the shortest focal length) and 38 centimeters (at the longest focal length) ensures exceptionally high-quality images even when shooting at close range.


Leica Camera Released APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH Lens



With the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH., Leica Camera releases yet another M-lens whose optical performance can hardly be bettered. As with the successful APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., the designers were given just one brief: to achieve maximum imaging performance without compromise – the only difference being that this time, the lens in question has a moderate wide-angle focal length of 35 mm.

The result is a lens whose sharp detail rendition will challenge not just current, but also future image sensors; in addition, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. Is the only M-lens with a closest focusing distance of just 30 centimeters, which – in conjunction with the high light sensitivity – opens up a host of new compositional possibilities.

This exceptional performance capability is made possible by the elaborate lens design, combined with the high-precision manufacturing processes at the Leica production plant. The ten lens elements are divided into five groups; three elements feature aspherical surfaces (one of them on both sides). Six elements are made of glasses with anomalous partial dispersion, which not only reduce chromatic aberrations to almost zero, but also provide apochromatic correction – a quality that is rarely found in lenses of this focal length.

The APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. also delivers outstanding results at close range, thanks to a floating element that ensures a consistent performance at all distances. The focus ring has a particularly large throw of 300°, enabling precise focusing at all times despite the extended closest focusing distance. Via the rangefinder, the lens can be focused at a distance as close as 70 cm – at which point a slight resistance can be felt on the focus ring. At distances between 70 and 30 cm, the photographer can optionally focus via the camera’s display screen in Live View mode, the Visoflex electronic viewfinder, or the Leica FOTOS app.

The innovative construction of the lens hood, in combination with highly effective anti-reflective coatings, makes the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. extremely resistant to any type of stray light – allowing the photographer to shoot into the sun or other sources of light. Optical flaws such as chromatic aberration and distortion are almost entirely corrected. This – together with the extremely high, edge-to-edge contrast rendition – facilitates an especially pronounced bokeh at open aperture. Seeing as the aperture is almost circular (thanks to the use of eleven blades), this effect is also retained when the lens is stopped down.

Even more than any other M-lens, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. only has to be stopped down for compositional purposes – never for exposure control. The rendition quality at the centre and edges of the image is already so outstanding that there is no scope for further improvement by stopping down. Despite its exceptional performance, the APO-Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH. is both compact and light-weight. With its classic reportage focal length, this is a lens for every photographic situation that can be used on any current and future model of the M series, as well as the Leica SL2 and SL2-S.


Insta360 ONE R 1-Inch Edition Available in Leica Stores Now



Leica Camera AG and Insta360 announced their strategic partnership in January 2020. The start of the partnership coincided with the launch of Insta360 ONE R, an adaptive action camera that uses a unique interchangeable camera module to combine the creative freedom of 360-degree capture with the precision and resolution of traditional single-lens shooting.

From the beginning of August 2020, interested customers have the chance to purchase Insta360 ONE R 1-Inch Edition camera in Leica Stores around the world and from the Leica Online Stores. Thanks to the 5.3 K 1-inch sensor, it enables content creators to achieve previously unrivaled image quality and dynamic range for an action camera. The action camera also features Insta360’s already familiar FlowState Stabilization.

The 5.3 K wide-angle lens can be quickly and easily exchanged for a dual-lens setup that simultaneously captures the action in all directions and unleashes a whole range of creative techniques possible only with a 360-degree field of view. The 1-inch wide-angle module for Insta360 ONE R is the first result of Leica and Insta360’s shared vision and innovative powers in an age in which cameras play a more central role in culture and communication than ever before.

An overview of the Leica Stores around the globe can be found on the Leica Camera website www.leica-camera.com in the section ‘Stores & Dealers’.


Leica Presents the New Leica M 10-R Camera



Leica presents the new Leica M 10-R, the 40-megapixel variant of its legendary rangefinder camera.

With the new Leica M10-R, Leica Camera AG introduces a high-resolution variant of the company’s legendary rangefinder camera. The M10-R’s newly developed sensor offers a resolution of over 40 megapixels, which represents a considerable increase compared to the M10. As a result, the the M10-R delivers a significantly enhanced rendition of details.

The new sensor of the M10-R opens up a host of possibilities that are unprecedented within M photography. Along with the clear visibility of even the finest details, the sensor provides extensive performance reserves for cropping and larger formats. In addition, the contrast-rich rendition of subtle structures leads to an even lower risk of moiré patterns. The M10-R is therefore well suited for landscape and architectural photography.

Despite its high resolution, the M10-R offers significantly reduced image noise as well as a wider dynamic range. The M10-R completes the Leica M10 family, which also includes the M10, M10-P, M10-D and M10 Monochrom.

The M10-R’s base sensitivity of ISO 100 and goes up to ISO 50000. The maximum exposure time has been increased to 16 minutes, enabling extraordinary night-time shots with the user of a tripod. The Leica M10-R is equipped with the same shutter as the Leica M10-P. It is not only exceptionally quiet (allowing for an unobtrusive way of working) but also operates with minimal vibration. This reduces the risk of camera shake.

The Leica M10-R is best able to reach its full potential when paired with Leica M lenses. Equally, the camera has the capacity to fully utilize the outstanding imaging performance that distinguishes this legendary lens range. Particularly in combination with the newest generation, such as the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH, the M10-R delivers photographs of a truly exceptional quality. At the same time, the camera emphasizes the distinctive characteristics of older M lenses cherished by photography enthusiasts all over the world.

The Leica M10-R will be delivered worldwide as of July 20, 2020.


Leica Introduces the Ettas Camera Bag



With the new Ettas camera bag, Leica Camera AG presents yet another accessory suitable for numerous Leica models. The universal shoulder bag is available in two color combinations: red-and-black, or khaki-and-black.

A specialist coating on the robust canvas fabric, along with a rubberized zipper, provides optimal splash protection. The compact bag is suitable for the Leica V-Lux, the Leica Q2, or the system camera CL, TL2 and M with a mounted lens of up to 90mm focal length.

An interior pocket with fastener accommodates additional batteries, SD cards or filters. With its broad shoulder strap, the Ettas bag provides utmost comfort while ensuring that the camera is always readily at hand. A special clip on the back of the bag provides the option of attaching your camera straight to your belt.

The new Leica Ettas Bag is available now at Leica retailers and Leica Stores worldwide.


Leica Presents D-LUX 7 Black Compact Camera



Leica Camera AG presents a new color version of the Leica D-Lux 7 compact camera. The new Leica D-Lux 7 black with a discreet black body and lens, is available now. The classic look of the compact camera makes it the perfect companion for any occasion, capturing unique moments in stunning image quality.

In its technical specifications, the Leica D-Lux black corresponds to the existing series model and impresses with the same extensive equipment package, versatile functions and intuitive operating concept. The powerful compact camera is equipped with the fast zoom lens Leica DC Vario-Summilix 10.9-34 mm f/1.7-2.8 ASPH (equivalent to 24-75 mm in 35 mm format) and, in combination with the four-thirds sensor, delivers outstanding image quality in all shooting situations. Features such as touch screen, Bluetooth or charging via USB make it an extremely flexible camera that offers photographic freedom and captures every special moment.

By simply connecting to the Leica FOTOS App, the D-Lux 7 can be remotely controlled from the smartphone to transfer the photos to iOS and Android devices. Photographers can then make use of numerous options for sharing their pictures directly in social media or after processing them with an image editing or post-processing app.

As perfect complements to the classic looks of the Leica D-Lux 7, its users can choose from a collection of equally stylish and practical accessories such as exquisite cases, high-quality carrying straps and a practical handgrip.