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Leica Goes Nuts, Announces 13 New Cameras & Lenses Today

By Anthony Thurston on September 16th 2014

It’s not every day that a company announces 13+ new products at the same time, let alone a prestigious brand like Leica. Nevertheless, this is what occurred this morning as Leica unveiled 13 cameras and lenses – more than Canon, Nikon and Sony combined so far at Photokina.

I guess let’s start with the new cameras, and work our way into the lenses. Due to so many announcements, I will not be going into a ton of detail on any one item, but will try and highlight the main features of each. You can learn more details by clicking the pre-order links.

Leica Camera Announcements

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This morning Leica announced the new XE (type 102) which is based on the Leica X2. It features a 16.5MP APS-C sensor, a high-contrast 2.7″ LCD, and a fixed Elmarit 24 mm F/2.8 lens. It could be said that this is essentially a Leica X2 with some slight updates at a lower price. The New Leica XE will run you $1795, and is available for pre-order at B&H.Leica-X

In addition to the new XE, Leica announced the new Leica X (type 113). The X also features a 16mp APS-C sensor, a simple yet powerful video recording mode, and a Summilux 23 mm F/1.7 . The new X (type 113) will run you $2295, and is available for pre-order from B&H in both black and silver.

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Leica also announced their new S (Type 007) flagship model which features a 30×45 sensor and as Leica puts it, brings “new dimensions for medium format photography” with the new Maestro-II image processor. The new S also features Wifi and GPS, not something seen on Medium Format cameras usually. If you are interested, you can pre-order the new S from B&H for $25,400.

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Staying in the medium format realm, Leica also announced the new SE (Type 006), which is virtually identical in specs to its predecessor, the old Leica S-Class, but is being released at a nice savings of about $8,400. If you are interested in that, you can pre-order from B&H here for $16,900.

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In a very interesting move, Leica announced the new M-A today. A new minimalist camera if there ever was one, this body features nothing except the essentials for film photography. It’s an interesting proposition, and if you are interested, you can find more details and pre-order information here.

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Finally, to round out the camera announcements, Leica announced their new V-LUX and D-LUX. The V-Lux features a 1-inch sensor with 20 megapixels and with stabilized 16x zoom from 25-400mm F/2.8-4, and can be pre-ordered now for $1350. The D-Lux features a 12-megapixel sensor in Fast-FT-format zoom lens DC Vario-Summilux F/1.7-2.8 24-75 mm lens and a high resolution (2.9million dot) viewfinder, and can be pre-ordered for $1195.

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Leica Lens Announcements

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On the lens front, Leica announced 6 new lenses in total, including 3 new Summarit lenses. The new Summarit will come in 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm flavors.  The three lenses range from $1,950 to $2,250.

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In addition to the Summarit lenses, Leica also announced a new Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4.  This lens looks to be one of the best 35mm lenses you will ever use. If you are interested in that you can pre-order it now for $5,450.

Leica also announced two new T lenses, the 11-23mm and 55-135mm. Both of which also look to be great additions to the Leica system.

 

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. Dre Rolle

    …..Welp guess they want everyone to have every of time to save up for that Christmas splurge.

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    Oh, to be a rich man.

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  3. mugur ic

    The photo-brand Leica for fans

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  4. J. Cassario

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the new Leica X 113, which is to obviously compete with the Fujifilm X100T. With Leica glass attached to it, with a wide aperture of 1.7, the test shots I’ve seen so far are pretty impressive.

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  5. Chris Bordeleau

    where’s that extra $25k I had around here…

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  6. Chuck Eggen

    I’m curious to see a review of the SE (Type 006). Wondering how it stacks up to the Pentax 645.

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    • Stan Rogers

      Depends what you’re stacking and why, Chuck. The SE is just the old S/S2 guts in the new S’s body shell (a rare moment of reusability among Leica parts). That means you get a relatively slow-reading CCD sensor with the usual CCD limitations (lots of cross-hatch-patterned noise that is difficult to clean up if you go north of ISO 800, and even 800 is starting to get a little ragged). At that level, it’s sort of comparable to the old Pentax 645D, if all you’re looking t is ISO range and image quality. But it’s also a lot more like a very slightly chunkier 35mm-format DSLR than the usual 645 large-cube-with-things-sticking-out format, and the control layout and viewfinder are second to none. Handling is a dream, especially if you need to be nimble. And there is a decent complement of leaf-shutter lenses to go along with the focal plane shutter (something Pentax really needs to address with their system, unless they think that high speed sync and speedlights are where location pros want to live, or really don’t have aims on that market niche). Is it worth the $10-11K premium over the 645D? That really depends on what you’re shooting and how you’re shooting it. Does it compete with the 645Z? No; that’s the new S (Type 007)’s turf. If leaf shutters that aren’t orphaned antiques are a necessary part of your game, it looks a little more reasonable; there, it’s up against the Hasselblad H5D-40 and the PhaseOne P40+ and Leaf Credo 40 backs on leaf-shutter bodies, none of which are priced as disposables, and all of which come with the traditional medium-format form factor. (There is very, very little chance that I’d ever by the Leica S, but I’ve handled one, and would gladly accept one as a gift or as payment for a moderately immoral act. It really is a nice camera, but it’s better suited to the editorial fashion crowd than to a studio slug like me.)

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  7. Daniel Jester

    For a couple of minutes, I thought the M-A was a DIGITAL camera in a film body, as kind of a gimmick. Would be an interesting experiment, no screen, no menu, no frills, just film style photography.

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    • Ryan Venedam

      I think the camera you’re looking for is the Leica M (Type 240) Edition 60. It’s the 60th anniversary release, and is basically an M, minus the screen, with only an ISO selection dial on the back.

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