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Panasonic + Leica Camera: Greater and Stronger Technological Cooperation in the Digital Camera Field from Oct.2014 to Sept.2019

Fri September 19, 2014

Yoshiyuki Miyabe, President of AVC Networks Company, an internal company of Panasonic, stated: “It is a great honor to be able to strengthen our bonds with Leica as a strategic partner. Panasonic will continue to incorporate Leica’s century-worth of optical technologies and camera traditions into the DNA of Panasonic’s digital cameras to further expand our business.”

This video presents Leica Lenses (English) from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Every Leica lens is hand-crafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect. In the age where technology almost inevitably means mass manufacturing, Leica products are still made with exacting precision by the hands of highly-trained technicians.

  • This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship and making of Leica lenses in the production facilities of Leica Camera AG.

Alfred Schopf, Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera, said: “The signing of this agreement is significant for Leica as we seek further growth in the digital imaging sector. Strengthening our cooperative relationship with Panasonic is essential to Leica’s continued growth.”

This video presents Panasonic Takes Part in #Photokina2014 – the World’s Leading Imaging fair.

PRESS RELEASE

Sep 19, 2014

Panasonic Corporation
Leica Camera AG

Panasonic and Leica Camera Expand Partnership Agreement in
the Digital Camera Sector

Osaka, Japan /Wetzlar, Germany (September 19, 2014) – Panasonic Corporation and Leica Camera AG today announced they have extended their partnership agreement and agreed to expand and strengthen their technological cooperation in the digital camera field.

The agreement includes the extension of license agreement for use of Leica’s trademark on Panasonic’s digital camera products as well as expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation between the two companies.

Based on this agreement, Panasonic will be able to commercialize digital camera products with Leica lenses over the next five years, from October 2014 to September 2019 while Leica will be able through the expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation to utilize Panasonic’s digital technology in its own product development. The agreement will allow both companies to boost product competitiveness by combining Leica’s optical technology and Panasonic’s digital technology.


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Gentec International: Knog’s New QUDOS is the World’s First Hi-Powered Action Video Light

Thu September 18, 2014
Qudos Action in Bullet-Proof Silver

Qudos Action in Bullet-Proof Silver

Highlight your night adventures with the help of Knog’s new Qudos Action video light, a lighting accessory that’s compatible with GoPro 2, Hero3/Hero3+ and Sony action cams.

  • Whether you’re surfing or riding trails after dark, the Qudos delivers a mighty 400 lumens of light from its three powerful Cree LEDs and weighs only 150 grams.
  • The Qudos has multiple modes to adjust brightness and beam angle, allowing users to control their shots in any scene or location – whether deep underwater, high in the sky, or anywhere in between – helping adventure seekers capture great footage no matter where they are.

The Qudos Action is available in two colours, Bullet-Proof Silver and Midnight Black and retails for $149.95 and will be available in Canada in October 2014.

Also offered is a Qudos Action Batteries Pack, including LiPo Rechargeable Battery, USB Recharge, Micro USB Extension Cable, which retails for $49.95, and Qudos Action Mount Pack which retails for $24.95. These will be available in Canada in October 2014.

For more information, please visit the Knog brand page.

This video presents [qudos] action.

Surfing after sunset. Riding at midnight. Diving to new depths: the immaculately designed [qudos] action will highlight the night.

Qudos Action in Midnight Black

Qudos Action in Midnight Black

PRESS RELEASE

REVEALING QUDOS ACTION: THE WORLD’S FIRST HI-POWERED ACTION VIDEO LIGHT

TORONTO, ON., September 18, 2014 –  Gentec International, announces the exclusive Canadian distribution of Knog’s Action video light, the Qudos. Surfing after sunset. Riding at midnight. Diving to new depths: the immaculately designed Qudos action will highlight the night.

Qudos Action in Midnight Black with GoPro Mount and Hero 3+

Qudos Action in Midnight Black with GoPro Mount and Hero 3+

Offering unprecedented freedom for nocturnal thrill-seekers, the [qudos] action seamlessly partners the GoPro 2 and Hero3/Hero3+, as well as Sony action cam or any action camera with GoPro conversion mounts. Delivering a mighty 400 lumens of light from its three powerful Cree LEDs and weighing only 150 grams, the Qudos has multiple modes to adjust brightness and beam angle, allowing users to control their shots in any scene or location – whether deep underwater, high in the sky, or anywhere in between.

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Olympus Update September 17, 2014: The OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 Upgrade (Pre-Installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver Body) is Now Live

Wed September 17, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Olympus OM-D E-M1 now in Silver with Firmware 2.0 that adds Tethered Shooting Capabilities.

Following the recent OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade announcement, Olympus has made an update to the firmware upgrade availability.

The release originally stated that the Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade would be available on September 24th at 10:00pm EST.

Please note the following update: as of today, September 17th, the OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade (pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver body) is now live.


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New Leica S (Type 007): Medium-format Camera Provides Increased Image Quality and Higher Speed, Full-HD Video Recording; To Be Launched in 2015

Wed September 17, 2014
Leica S (Type 007)

Leica S (Type 007)

PRESS RELEASE

11/09/2014

New: LEICA S High Speed, Video Recording and Optimum Image Quality – Combined with Perfect Handling

With the Leica S (Type 007), Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents the new top model of the Leica S-System. As a logical development of its predecessors, the new Leica S features a multitude of radically new components – like the Leica CMOS sensor and the Leica Maestro II image processor – and now opens up new dimensions in the field of medium-format photography.

For the first time, the combination of the highest burst rate, extreme sensor sensitivity and comprehensive capture modes for still pictures – and now also video in exceptional quality – provides photographers with the opportunity to exploit the superior imaging capabilities of medium format for productions that demand maximum mobility and drive. The Leica S significantly accelerates and simplifies the photographic workflow with a multitude of features that are unique to medium-format photography – and some of them not only there. In addition to the new body, a new lens also expands the capabilities of the S-System. With regard to speed and imaging quality, the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. telephoto portrait lens represents a new benchmark. Finally, the Leica S-System also welcomes the new Leica S-E (Type 006) as a lower-priced entry-level model.

In the words of Stephan Schulz, head of Professional Photo at Leica Camera AG, ‘The logical expansion of the system is further confirmation that the dedicated digital concept of the S-System sets new standards in the world of medium-format photography while achieving the speed and handling of a 35 mm SLR. Viewed in terms of its rugged resilience, reliability and versatility, the new Leica S is the first choice for photographers who refuse to make compromises.’


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New Leica V-LUX: Digital Compact Camera for Travel, Wildlife and Sports Photography

Tue September 16, 2014
Leica V-LUX (Type-114)

Leica V-LUX (Type-114)

PRESS RELEASE

11/09/2014

New: LEICA V-LUX The universal compact camera for travel, wildlife and sports photography

With the Leica V-Lux, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents the next generation model of the Leica V-Lux product line. The new digital compact camera combines a high-performance lens, superior imaging qualities and high speed in a compact and handy form. Its Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1–146 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. super-zoom lens offers an enormously broad spectrum of capabilities from macro to extreme telephoto photography and, in combination with its versatile package of features, makes it the ideal all-round camera to take along wherever you go.

For travelling, sports or other outdoor activities, the Leica V-Lux is simply the ideal camera for every situation. Thanks to its zoom range of 25 to 400 mm (equivalent in 35 mm format), time-consuming lens changes and the weight of additional equipment are now a thing of the past. It covers every photographic situation from wide-angle, standard and telephoto photography to macro close-ups down to a distance of only 3 cm from the subject. With initial apertures of f/2.8 (wide angle) and f/4 (telephoto), its Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1–146 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. lens enables sharp and finely detailed exposures, even of distant subjects. Also in unfavourable light and at high ISO settings, the large 1″ sensor of the Leica V-Lux guarantees exceptionally bright and clear pictures and this, in combination with the high speed of the lens, considerably expands the creative scope offered by the camera.

Its fast autofocus system provides even greater versatility, responds immediately to changes within the image frame and makes it possible to reliably capture fast-moving subjects – for example, the action at sporting events. Users also benefit from this when shooting continuous sequences, as the V-Lux can capture up to 12 frames per second at full resolution.


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New Leica S-E: Entry-level Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera for the Leica S Medium-format System

Tue September 16, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

11/09/2014

New: LEICA S-E The entry-level model for the Leica S medium-format system

With the new Leica S-E, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, offers an ideal entry-level model for Leica S medium-format system. The camera provides practically all technical advantages of the Leica S (Type 006) and presents an attractive alternative within the Leica S-System. The new colour scheme, with a top deck in anthracite grey paint and a silver anodised shutter speed dial, adds even more to its attraction.

The S-E (Type 006) offers photographers access to the entire portfolio of lenses, technical equipment and accessories available for the Leica S-System. Owners of a Leica S-E can also enjoy the benefits of S-System service and extend the warranty for the camera body to three years with the optional Leica Protection Plan.

Proven advantages of the S-System

The Leica S-E possesses all proven quality characteristics of the S-System. These include the large 30 × 45 mm Leica Pro Format sensor and its micro-lens layer that guarantees consistently uniform brightness from corner to corner. The camera is extremely ruggedly built and sealed against environmental influences like dust and rain – just like all S-Lenses. The system’s unique dual-shutter concept offers photographers the choice of using the camera’s fast focal plane shutter with speeds up to 1/4000 s or the electronically controlled central shutter of the CS lenses that allows flash sync at shutter speeds up to 1/1000 s. The ten currently available Leica S-System lenses (six of which are also available with a central shutter) offer photographers all important focal lengths and a first-class tilt/shift lens. The latest member of the family to be launched by Leica is the Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH., a lens particularly suitable for portrait photography. At the same time, numerous third-party medium-format lenses can be mounted on the Leica S-E by means of adapters. For instance, the Leica S-Adapter C allows the use of Contax 645 lenses and the Leica S-Adapter H provides full compatibility for all functions of Hasselblad H lenses, including autofocus, central shutter control and automatic aperture control.


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New Leica X Camera: Features a New Fast Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens & Large APS-C-format CMOS Sensor with 16.5 Megapixels (Effective 16.2 Megapixels)

Tue September 16, 2014
Leica X, silver

Leica X, silver

PRESS RELEASE

11/09/2014

LEICA X – brilliant picture quality made in Germany

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a further model in the Leica X line: the new Leica X – made in Germany. Featuring a new Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. prime lens and a sensor that is particularly large for this camera class, it captures exceptionally brilliant pictures. Its versatility is further expanded by a video function for moving pictures in full-HD quality. Together with an extensive range of setting options and an intuitively simple handling concept, the Leica X unites everything that defines the art of photography in an iconic Leica design statement: the joy of seeing unforgettable moments in a particularly personal way.

As is the case with all cameras in the Leica X line, the Leica X features a professional APS-C-format CMOS sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels) that, in combination with its fast Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, ensures maximum imaging quality and pictures with natural colour rendition and the finest reproduction of details. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35 mm film format. The angle of view of the lens of the Leica X is therefore equivalent to that of a 35 mm in full-frame format – one of the classic prime lenses – and makes it extremely versatile and ideal for reportage photography. Thanks to a very fast initial aperture of f/1.7, the Leica Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. creates exceptionally beautiful bokeh. It is almost completely insensitive to flare and ghosting effects and delivers bright, clear and incredibly sharp photos – from infinity to its closest focusing distance of 0.2 metres.


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New Leica D-LUX: Compact Camera Features a Fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. Zoom Lens & Large Four Thirds Sensor

Tue September 16, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

15/09/2014

New: LEICA D-LUX – fast lens meets elegant camera design

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a new model in the Leica D-Lux line. The high-performance Leica D-Lux compact camera features a fast Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. zoom lens with a very fast initial aperture and an extremely practical zoom range equivalent to 24 to 75 mm in 35 mm format. In comparison to the previous model, it offers a larger Four Thirds sensor that, in combination with its lens ensures superior picture quality in all shooting situations. The familiar, extensive package of features, with automatic mode, manual setting options and improved video capability, now includes an integrated electronic viewfinder with 2.8 MP resolution and a Wi-Fi module. Together with its intuitive handling concept, the Leica D-Lux in classically elegant camera design is an ideal companion for capturing unique moments in pictures of impressive quality with a high level of creative freedom.

The Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34 mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. zoom lens of the Leica D-Lux is perfectly matched to the camera’s large sensor. With an impressive maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600, the D-Lux guarantees pictures with natural colours and exceptional quality above all when used for available-light photography. In addition to this, its versatile zoom lens makes it an ideal camera for almost all genres of photography – from portraits to landscapes, architecture to macro, and reportage photography, the classical domain of Leica cameras.

The camera’s video capability adds even greater versatility and allows the recording of moving pictures in 4K, the high-definition, digital video format with four times higher resolution than full HD.

The Leica D-Lux is also the first camera of the D-Lux line to offer an integrated Wi-Fi module that allows remote control of the camera from a smartphone or tablet – a particularly useful feature, for example, for shots with the self-timer function. The Leica Image Shuttle app required for this function can be downloaded free of charge and installed on iOS or Android devices. The camera can also transfer still pictures and videos via a WLAN connection. An integrated NFC (Near Field Communication) module quickly and easily sets up a Wi-Fi connection with an NFC-compatible smartphone when the phone is held close to the camera.


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New Leica X-E: Compact, Lightweight Camera with a Large APS-C-format CMOS Sensor with 16.5 Megapixels (Effective 16.2 Megapixels)

Tue September 16, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

15/09/2014

LEICA X-E – compact quality and elegant design made in Germany

With the Leica X-E, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is expanding the Leica X family with a new camera model made in Germany. The particularly compact and lightweight X-E has all the features that characterise a Leica camera: an outstanding fast lens, the best materials and a premium finish. The camera also features an unmistakable design that, in the case of the X-E, is further emphasised by special details – like the titanium look of its body and control elements matched to its silver lens. Leather trim in the colour metallic rounds off its elegant looks.

With technical specifications based on the X2, the Leica X-E has a professional APS-C-format CMOS sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels) that ensures maximum picture quality, natural colour rendition and richly detailed pictures. Its CMOS image sensor is unusually large for a camera in this class. Despite its high resolution of over 16 megapixels, each individual pixel on the sensor is very large and therefore gathers more light. The benefit of this is low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35 mm film format. This means that the Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens of the LEICA X-E becomes a universal reportage lens with an effective equivalent focal length of 35 mm in 35 mm film format. This is considered to be a classic focal length amongst prime lenses and has captured innumerable iconic images. The moderate wide-angle character and natural rendition of dimensions by the high-performance lens of the X-E open up a broad spectrum of different options for capturing those decisive moments in outstanding authentic and richly detailed picture quality.


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New Leica M-A: Compact, 35 mm Rangefinder System Camera with a Mechanically Controlled Shutter

Tue September 16, 2014
Leica M-A in silver chrome finish

Leica M-A in silver chrome finish

PRESS RELEASE

15/09/2014

The pinnacle of mechanical technology: LEICA M-A The precision tool for lovers of decelerated photography

With the Leica M-System, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is one of the few manufacturers still producing both analogue and digital cameras. In this, the company can draw from decades of experience in the construction of the finest precision-engineered cameras. Now – 60 years after the first Leica M rangefinder camera, the M3, left the factory to significantly change the world of photography – we have chosen the occasion of this anniversary to present a new analogue model: the Leica M-A.

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As a purely mechanical rangefinder camera, the Leica M-A stands for a return to photography in its most original form. Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons. Because, with a camera reduced to only essential camera functions, users of the M-A can now concentrate entirely on the essential parameters of subject composition – namely focal length, aperture and shutter speed – and on capturing the decisive moment.


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New Leica M Edition 60: A Commemorative Limited Edition Camera

Tue September 16, 2014

This video presents The Unboxing of the Leica M Edition 60 from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Watch the unboxing of the new limited edition Leica M Edition 60 introduced at photokina 2014.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of this legendary camera, Leica Camera presents a commemorative limited edition: the Leica M Edition 60. The set consists of a Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240) and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both in special versions created by Audi Design that pay homage to the essence of photography and carry it back to its origins.

PRESS RELEASE

15/09/2014

The essence of photography: the LEICA M Edition 60 Special edition for the 60th anniversary of the Leica M rangefinder system

This year, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is celebrating two special anniversaries. At photokina 2014, the focus of the celebrations will not be exclusively on 100 years of Leica photography, but also on the 60th anniversary of the legendary Leica M rangefinder system.

The first Leica M-Camera to possess the unique characteristics of the Leica M-System was the Leica M3, presented in 1954. A camera distinguished by absolute mechanical and optical precision and a focus on the essential parameters needed for photography. A camera with functions that clearly placed the skills of the photographer in the foreground rather than any special features the camera offered. Continuously perfected over six decades, these unique characteristics, today in combination with the latest technological innovations, still differentiate the current Leica M models from other cameras.

And now, on the 60th anniversary of this legendary camera, Leica Camera AG presents a commemorative limited edition: the Leica M Edition 60. The set consists of a Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240) and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both in special versions created by Audi Design that pay homage to the essence of photography and carry it back to its origins.


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Leica Announces Availability of Leica M-P: A Rangefinder Camera with Greater Buffer Memory 2 GB for Professional Photographers

Tue September 16, 2014
LEICA M-P (Type 240), black paint finish

LEICA M-P (Type 240), black paint finish

PRESS RELEASE

16/09/2014

Leica M-P / The next generation of the Leica rangefinder camera for professional photographers

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a further model in the Leica rangefinder camera segment. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the Leica M-P offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features, for example an enlarged buffer memory. The ‘P’ in the name of this camera indicates the particularly discreet and enduring design concept with which the Leica M-P joins the line of Leica M-Cameras conceived especially to fulfil the needs of professional photographers.

The buffer memory capacity of the Leica M-P has been increased to 2 GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. This guarantees that the Leica M-P is immediately ready to shoot in almost all situations. This is a particular advantage when shooting pictures in rapid succession, as the image data needs to be buffered directly after the shutter is released, before writing to the SD memory card. This means that users can now react to events with even greater spontaneity to capture the decisive moment in almost every photographic situation.

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