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Leica To Announce Full Frame Fixed Lens Camera June 11th

By Anthony Thurston on June 3rd 2015

Sony’s RX1 made some waves when it was first announced, but things have died off considerably now that the A7 full frame interchangeable lens cameras are on the scene and offer much more versatility for less money and only a little larger size.

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Well, it soon looks as if Sony will have some competition in the full frame fixed lens camera space, as Leica is set to announce a new fixed lens full frame camera in about a week. According to the rumors, the new camera will feature a 24MP sensor, 28mm Summilux f/1.7 lens, built-in EVF and image stabilization. It is expected to look like a mini-Leica Monochrome.

[REWIND: Sony RX1R Review]

The interesting thing here is that Leica saw a market worth going after. As Sony’s full frame mirrorless gains in popularity, with a size that is not much larger than something like this, one has to wonder about the appeal of a fixed lens full frame camera. That said, it is a Leica, so that alone will command some brand fanatics to pick up the new camera.

It will be interesting to see how Leica prices out this new full frame fixed lens camera. So far we have no idea on the camera availability or pricing, but given the red dot that will be on this camera, I wouldn’t expect it to be any cheaper than the RX1 – if anything, it could be twice as expensive.

What are your thoughts on this new fixed lens full frame camera that is rumored to be coming from Leica next week? Do you see yourself adding something like this to your kit? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

[via Mirrorless Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Yankel Adler

    Dot Dot

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  2. Brian McCue

    Cha-ching

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  3. adam sanford

    Fixed-lens? Sure, some folks are only walkaround/travel/simplicity-loving shooters. The ‘I want a Leica but I’m not a gearhead’ crowd is certainly out there. 28mm is a fine call, too. There’s a reason why every cell phone on the planet (and most other fixed lens cameras) settled into a 24-35mm decision: it works for far more things than it doesn’t.

    But an EVF instead of OVF? Seems odd given their rangefinder legacy, and it will burn through batteries. Why ditch the sweet optical goodness? For size reasons, perhaps?

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    • La Vida Leica

      Several reasons. Size, weight, cost, complexity (and being subject to going out of alignment)… And the fact that for those that prefer an OVF – there’s the M.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      “But an EVF instead of OVF? Seems odd given their rangefinder legacy, and it will burn through batteries.”

      The X, T, D, V, and C are all EVF cameras. Only the M and S have OVF.

      Basically this s a full-frame X camera. Burn through batteries? Not any more than any other camera that uses an EVF.

      And like LVL points out, you want optical go for the M. Also not going with an OVF on this model keeps the M at the top of the pile.

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  4. Pentafoto Tm

    Because the Sony R1x was such a huge success !

    People are buying Leica mostly because of their glass, with their sensor choice and camera electronics not really to par with the rest. Why would anyone buy this, unless a collector, is beyond me.

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  5. Rob Harris

    There are those who will buy a fixed lens Leica, just like there are those who will buy a convertible car when living in Colorado. It can’t be used all the time, but the times it can be used – oh boy!

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  6. J. Dennis Thomas

    “given the red dot that will be on this camera, I wouldn’t expect it to be any cheaper than the RX1 – if anything, it could be twice as expensive.”

    Keep in mind that it’s not the “red-dot” that raises the price. It’s the higher cost of manufacturing. Leica doesn’t roll them off the assembly line like Sony does. They have a more hands-on approach and those people get paid well because they are meticulous. They make smaller batches of cameras.

    It’s like Sony is Samuel Adams beer and Leica is your local high-end craft brew. Sure Sam Adams is a premium beer that has kind of craft beer vibe and taste, but it’s not made in the same hands-on way as a true craft beer.

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    • adam sanford

      Because nothing says ‘lovingly crafted by hand’ more than an EVF. :-P

      But I hear you. I’ve briefly shot with an M9, and it’s a near-spiritual experience — I didn’t feel worthy of the swiss watch hand-built symphony of movements in my hands. They are technical marvels that are so far removed from the common camera.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      The EVF/OVF is just a small piece of the equation. Things like hand testing and finishing the lenses and even the fact that the engravings are injected with paint by hand are the things that make the Leica more expensive. Does it matter to the average consumer if a computer or a person does the work? Nope. But it does to me. Why? It’s hard to explain.

      As a bit of an example I have a 1959 Gretsch guitar. For Gretsch guitar owners this is the holy grail of guitars. I love my ’59 and when I pick it up I know that 56 years ago a human being in Brooklyn NY glued the neck into place, shaped and set the mother of pearl pieces painstakingly into the headstock which was routed out by hand, etc. It makes me feel good knowing that I hold in my hands something that wasn’t rolled off of a CNC machine, that someone paid careful attention to every detail. I can buy an EXACT replica of my 1959 Gretsh today and I have one, but I don’t feel the same pride and attachment to it. It’s like a hammer or a wrench. (I know Keith Richards feels the same because he refers to his vintage Telecasters by the names written in the neck pocket by the person that made them).

      I feel the same way about my M9-P and my vintage lenses. I like knowing that a human being pored over every detail to make sure it was perfect when it reached my hands. I love my vintage Leica lenses for the same reason I love my ’59 Gretsch. There’s an intangible feeling I get when using my Leica. I know that many people don’t feel the same way and some cannot understand the feeling. Does the Leica take better photos than most cameras out there? Technically no. But it makes ME take better photos.

      My Nikon DSLR’s don’t have the same feeling. Again, they’re hammers and wrenches. My Df, while it looks like it has mojo holds no special place in my heart. I love the IQ, I have grown used to the quirks of working with it, but when it breaks I’ll buy another. It’s just a camera made by some machine.

      Most people are content to get the best they can for the least cost. There’s nothing

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Edit (accidentally hit submit): There’s nothing wrong with buying the best gear for the least amount of money if that’s your path in life. But don’t denigrate others because we have a different mindset about weird thing like the manufacturing process of things…

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    • adam sanford

      J Dennis, I hear you. I didn’t mean to wind you up.

      Kai occasionally gets insightful when he isn’t being a goofball:
      https://goo.gl/k22jha

      (Play = 8:50 – 9:25 and I’d imagine you’d bop your head in agreement)

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      You didn’t wind me up. I was just trying to help others understand that some people have different types of connections to different things for reasons others don’t understand.

      For instance, I’ll NEVER shop at Wal-Mart, but millions of people do. I don’t understand it.

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  7. La Vida Leica

    La Vida Leica posted the full specs on this camera nearly a month ago here:

    http://lavidaleica.com/content/leica-q-type-116-coming-next-month

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  8. Thomas Horton

    As interesting as a new Ferrari model coming out. Nice to dream about, but I know that I would never be able to afford one (and would probably not spend the money if I could).

    But still nice to window shop. :)

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