The classic design of the Leica has rarely needed a makeover over the years, that is possibly up until now. Colorware are now offering snap-happy customers an endless list of customizable color options for 10 different components that make up the outer shell of the Leica D-LUX 6. In 21 ‘Solid Color’ or 25 ‘Pearlised color’ options. Take a look at some more of the many personalised options on offer over at Selectism.
Nearly two years after unveiling its custom design options for the Leica D-LUX 5 digital camera, ColorWare introduces the new customization process for the Leica D-LUX 6. Thanks to its revamped website, potential customers can now alter all aspects of the D-LUX 6′s appearance. Divided in ten parts, from lens face, thumb dial, to aperture ring, hot shoe insert, and even the lens cap itself, each comes with an option of either a solid color (from a selection of 21) or a pearlized one (from a selection of 25). For the final phase, which is ColorWare’s proprietary X2 liquid plastic coating to protect both the camera and the new paint work, you can chose from either a matte or glossy finish. With both custom colors and camera combined, the package retails for $1200 USD and is available now through ColorWare’s online store.
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To some Leica is the epitome of a perfect camera and New York City just got its first flagship store in SoHo. The grand opening took place during the highly energetic New York Fashion Week in February 2013, drawing all types of creatives from all walks of life. Inside the store, the wide range of Leica products sits inside glass cabinets, waiting for its next owners. An inviting retail store, which will be filled with Leica aficionados at any given time. If you have yet to venture inside the spacious store, scroll down the page to preview the store in their video recap of the opening reception.
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To commemorate the opening of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Leica store, a new model, the Leica X2 White, is being released as a limited run of 100 units. Based on the popular silver body of the premium compact digital camera Leica X2, this version is seen with a supple white leather exterior and a camera strap in the same material. The quality of this model remains as great as ever, with an APC-C size CMOS sensor and the outstanding quality the single focus lens provides, which has led Leica to the hallowed reputation it maintains today. The camera will drop into the Osaka Leica boutique on March 13th.
“A Leica is forever,” the motto that once was the brand’s selling point nearly became the brands downfall. After failing to keep pace with the digital revolution, in 2004 the German company almost went bankrupt. Then investor Andreas Kaufmann stepped in, and brought Leica back from the brink. Since then, Leica has invested 80 million euros in research and development. And in 2009, Leica achieved profitability once again.
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If you have a passion for photography then you’re probably already familiar with Leica cameras. With technology growing exponentially by the day, can a camera that costs up to $20,000 survive the digital era?
When asked what makes Leica’s technology different, Alfred Schopf–the company’s CEO–said “It [Leica] teaches you how to see.”
Does anyone own a Leica? Or at least is familiar with the brand? We’d love to hear your opinion in the c-section below.
At Leica’s special event last night, company owner Dr. Andreas Kaufmann revealed that they’ve got a very special limited edition version of the new Leica M camera planned — one that’s designed by legendary Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive.
In addition to its upcoming flagship digital rangefinder, dubbed the Leica M, Leica has also taken the covers off the M-E, an entry level M-series model that appears to be a stripped down version of the Leica M9. It packs an 18-megapixel full-frame CCD sensor, an ISO range of 160-2500, a 0.68x magnification viewfinder, and a 230K dot 2.5-inch screen. Unlike the M, the Leica M-E offers neither video functionality nor Live View, but it does have the sort of manual focusing and exposure features that are sure to make traditional rangefinder shooters feel at home. Priced at $5,450, the Leica M-E is scheduled to land sometime this month at participating retailers.
- 18-Megapixel KAF 18500 CCD Full-Frame Image Sensor
- ISO 160 – 2500
- 3.5-Inch TFT LCD Display with 230,000-pixel Resolution
Release Date: September 2012
The Leica M, unveiled as the successor to the brand’s M9 model, is the first Leica to feature a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor, capable of a sensitivity range of IS0 200 to 6,400 (expandable to 100). The Leica M keeps the classic M-series styling but is now equipped with a 920k-dot 3-inch LCD screen with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass for added durability. Other key improvements: the ability to record 1080p full-HD videos with 24/25p frame rate, plus Live View functionality on the embedded screen with an optional EVF. Additionally, the M can mount Leica’s legacy R glass with a new adapter (available separately). Look for it to launch in early 2013.
- 24-Megapixel Leica Max Full-Frame CMOS Image Sensor
- Leica Maestro Image Processor
- ISO 100 – 6400
- Live View and VISOFLEX Electronic Viewfinder
- 3-Inch LCD Display with 920,000-pixel Resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass Screen Protector
Release Date: Early 2013
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The world famous Leica M-series is joined by an all-new model called simply the Leica M. The monomental follow up to the M9 sees the German camera-smith’s first 24 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, and even more exciting for some, the camera can mount Leica’s legacy R-series glass (with an adapter). Further features include 1080p HD video, a 3-inch display with Gorilla glass protector, live view, “splash-proof” body and optional EVF.
Leica is launching the new Leica M in early 2013 (for about $7000), while a stripped-down M-E model – with the M9‘s 18-megapixel full-frame sensor – will be available this month at about $5500. Whether or not anyone can afford these is another story but it can be said that you’re looking at an exceptional piece of engineering.