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Leica Camera Introduces New Leica SL2



Building on the foundation established in 2015 with the visionary Leica SL-System, Leica Camera proudly introduces the Leica SL2, the storied brand’s new icon and next evolutionary step towards building the perfect all-purpose camera. In addition to a technical marvel of pure performance and unmatched build quality, the Leica SL2 is also a joyous experience to use with improved ergonomics and more comfortable grip married to the well established, simplified three-button control layout, further unifying the Leica design language across multiple product lines.

While cutting-edge new features such as in-body image stabilization unlocks newfound potential from legendary Leica M-Lenses, it simultaneously augments the growing selection of SL-Lenses which are some of the finest optics Leica has ever produced. The Leica SL2 is the natural evolution of the innovative Leica SL, serving as a groundbreaking embrace of the future of digital photography and videography while paying homage to its respected history and lineage.

The Leica SL2 offers an innovative user interface whose efficient design allows photographers to focus their attention on the creative process. The design alignment with the existing M and Q systems makes the adjustment even easier for existing Leica photographers.

The main recording parameters can be viewed on the rear display and adjusted quickly and easily with a simple finger tap. A click wheel, a joystick and three strategically placed, individually configurable buttons also contribute to a straightforward operation. Thanks to two dedicated status menus for stills and video recording, the parameters for either shooting mode can be adjusted entirely separately from each other.

The SL2’s IP54 certification ensures an elevated weather sealing for more rugged situations, while a new option to turn off noise reduction during long exposures allows for more hands-free shooting.

The unprecedented resolution of the SL2’s CMOS image sensor in full-frame format results in an unparalleled level of detail rendition and image quality. Enormous dynamic range, a color depth of 14 bits per RGB channel and a sensitivity of up to ISO 50,000 enable outstanding image quality in all lighting conditions.

The new Leica Object Detention AF ensures a fast and reliable AF. In addition to an array of modes and features, including face recognition, the SL2’s high-performance AF system also automatically detects whether a subject is stationary or in motion, and subsequently switches between motion and focus priority.


Leica Introduced the Leica V-Lux 5 Camera



Leica Camera AG introduced the Leica V-Lux 5, one of the most versatile and multifaceted cameras in its product portfolio.

Its bright and clear OLED electronic viewfinder and a fully articulated touchscreen panel on the back make composition easy and efficient. Thanks to fast autofocus and a high continuous-shooting rate the camera reliably captures every detail, while innovative exposure modes like Focus Stacking and Post-focusing enrich its wide range of functions.

The addition of modern and ground-breaking connectivity features – in conjunction with Leica FOTOS App – makes the Leica V-Lux 5 a universal, high-performance camera for all photographic needs.

In combination with the camera’s 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor, the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146 mm f/2.8-4 ASPH lens of the V-Lux 5 (equivalent to 25 to 400 mm in 35 mm film format) delivers outstanding imaging performance throughout the entire zoom range, whether shooting with macro, wide-angle and extreme telephoto settings, maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800 and an integrated optical image stabilizer, the camera is ideally equipped for capturing best, shake-free still pictures and video in low ambient light, even without using a tripod.

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers optimum tools for composing and assessing subjects: With a resolution of 2.36 megapixels and OLED technology, its newly developed electronic viewfinder brings a higher contrast ratio and improved color depth – while simultaneously consuming less power.

In addition to the EVF, the back of the camera features a fully-articulated 3” touchscreen panel. The is not only ideal for reliable assessment of images before and after exposure, but also makes it easy to shoot from unusual angles.

The Leica V-Lux 5 offers a multitude of powerful functions, but not only for photos – it is also the idea camera for capturing highest quality video footage. The ability to capture true-to-life video in 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at frame rates of 24, 25, or 30 frames per second or full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second offers enormous scope for the realization of creative ideas in editing and post-production.

The Leica V-Lux 5 is the first model of the V-Lux line that an be used with the Leica FOTOS App. Photos and videos can be quickly and easily transferred for post-processing or sharing in social networks at any time.


Leica CL ‘100 Jahre Bauhause’ is a Special Edition



Leica Camera AG celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with a special edition Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus.’

The set comprises of a silver version of the Leica CL, a matching Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH lens in silver and a carrying strap. The leather trim of the camera and the carrying strap are embossed with the Bauhaus logotype. This was created by Joost Schmidt, one of the earliest students of the school, who defined the distinctive typology of the Bauhaus more than any other, for the title of the quarterly magazine of the same name.

A further special feature of the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ is the restrained execution of the Leica logo in black on the camera body. Together with the subtle Bauhaus-embossing, the special edition ideally reflects the concept of plain and simple design advocated by the Bauhaus school in accordance with the principles of ‘form follows function’.

The Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ is on sale from May 27, 2019. The edition is strictly limited to only 150 examples.

The Leica CL is a synthesis of iconic design and advanced camera technology. As a compact system camera, it stands as a versatile tool for photographers who appreciate faultless image quality and an outstandingly intuitive handling concept. A 24-megapixel sensor, fast autofocus and a continuous shooting rate of up to ten frames per second make the Leica CL the ideal companion for spontaneous photography.

Its outstanding features include an EyeRes electronic viewfinder with latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels that offers its users numerous advantages. As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.

The Leica CL impresses not only as a still picture camera, but also with a video function with a resolution of up to 4K. Thanks to seamless connection to the Leica FOTOS App, pictures can be quickly and easily sent to a smartphone and shared in social media networks.


Leica SOFORT Camera Now Available in Black



Leica announced the latest edition of the Leica SOFORT camera. Alongside the models in White and Mint, Leica is now offering the camera in matte black finish with the same popular features and functions of the existing models.

Created by the Leica Design Team, all versions of the Leica SOFORT share the same unmistakable looks. The special highlight of the black version is that the product name SOFORT is picked out in white lettering around the camera body.

In addition to the modes Automatic, Party & People, Sport & Action, Macro and creative programs for multiple and time exposures, the Leica SOFORT also offers a program for self-portraits with a self-timer with two different delays. To ensure best results every time, the camera automatically adapts parameters such as the exposure time and aperture to the program the user selects.

Flash triggering can either be left entirely to the automatic flash function of the camera, or users can turn it on or off, depending on the pictures they want to take. To make things easier when shooting self-portraits, the Leica SOFORT also features a rectangular mirror on the front.

The focusing distance of the Leica SOFORT can be set separately, regardless of the selected program mode. Depending on the choice of the close-up or long distance setting program mode, this means that the camera offers even more creative freedom when making pictures.

A comprehensive range of accessories is also available for the Leica SOFORT. A black-and-white film is now also available alongside the color film. Both film types are available in packs for ten exposures. The color film is also available in double packs for twenty pictures.


Leica Expands Leica APS-C System with the Leica CL



Leica Camera AG has expanded its APS-C System product portfolio with a new camera that unites innovative technologies, extremely easy handling and iconic design: The Leica CL. Its ideal balance between state-of-the-art technology, mechanical precision and compact construction makes it the perfect everyday companion – especially for spontaneous and discreet pictures.

One of the outstanding features of the Leica CL is its electronic viewfinder with EyeRes technology developed by Leica especially for this camera. With a latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels, the EyeRes viewfinder offers an impressive viewing experience and numerous advantages. As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.

In combination with the high-resolution, 24 MP, APS-C format sensor of the Leica CL, a Maestro II series processor and fast autofocus with 49 metering points guarantee maximum picture quality in all photographic situations. The Leica CL is not only an impressive still picture camera, this also applies to moving pictures captured with its video function at a resolution of up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The Leica CL is also equipped with an integrated Wi-Fi module. Pictures and videos can be sent by a wireless connection to smartphones, tablets or computers and quickly and easily shared by email or in social networks with the Leica CL App for iOS or Android. In addition, the remote function of the app lets mobile devices be used as an off-camera viewfinder or for altering exposure parameters – for example when shooting with the self-timer function or from unusual angles.


The Leica M-D is Simplicity Personified



Leica M-DLeica has revealed the Leica M-D. It is described as a camera that offers no more and no less than the most important features. It also represents a state-of-the-art digital rangefinder.

The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is the first serial production model of the digital M family to be made without a monitor screen. The usual location of the screen on the back of the camera is now taken by the ISO sensitivity setting dial – one of the few, but essential, features of the camera.

Although the Leica M-D embodies the entire range of technical advantages perfected over decades in the Leica rangefinder system, it intentionally omits all but the most essential technical features. It has been radically reduced to the most important parameters required for photography – shutter speed, aperture, distance, and ISO sensitivity. This purist style helps the user focus his or her concentration on what is most essential: the picture.

The Leica M-D expresses purely functional, formal clarity and features design characteristics such as a top plate in brass with a step at the end citing the design of the Leica M9. The Leica red dot logo has been omitted from the front of the camera in favor of its unobtrusive appearance.

In addition to it’s purist looks, the hardly audible shutter of the Leica M-D guarantees maximum inconspicuousness when shooting. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is particularly quiet in single exposure and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.

The Leica M-D is now on sale. The camera package also includes a real-leather carrying strap in full-grain cowhide.