The Latest Innovation from Leica

Leica held a press conference on May 10th in Berlin Germany to announce the newest entries into the Leica family of cameras and lenses. They updated the X1 and the V-Lux 30 with a new X2 and V-Lux 40. Also introduced was the new M Monochrom, S-Adapter H and the APO-Summicron 50/2 ASPH. Lets start with new hardware first.

Leica M Monochrom with APO-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPHThe Leica M Monochrom is the world’s first full frame black and white digital camera. Featuring a black and white sensor, the camera produces images in a sharpness and brilliance never before attained.

The Leica M Monochrom features the following:

  • New monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 million pixels
  • 100% sharper imaging thanks to direct processing of raw data with no interpolation
  • Extremely low, fine-grain image noise up to ISO 10,000
  • Raw data histogram and parameter clipping warning
  • Various tones programmable
  • Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software supplied in addition to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Exclusive access to the Leica Monochrom Print Service in cooperation with Whitewall
  • Original fiber barite print of a Magnum photo from the Leica M Monochrom campaign by J.A. Sobol supplied

With its full, native resolution of 18 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom delivers 100% sharper images than with color sensors. The fact that its sensor does not “see” color means real brightness values are available for each individual pixel. That is to say, the sensor of the M Monochrom produces a “genuine” black-and-white image directly. In combination with the brilliant imaging performance of Leica lenses and the perfect matching of the sensor to the M system, this creates pictures of outstanding sharpness and natural brilliance, with no need to sharpen the image in post-processing. The result is incomparable picture quality, such as would normally only be expected of a medium-format camera. The impressively low noise level of the monochrome CCD sensor delivers an extremely clean image, even at the highest ISO settings. The Leica M Monochrom will be available in North America August 2012.

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPHThe LEICA APO-Summicron-M 50 mm/f2 ASPH was designed like all Leica lenses with the aim of maximizing both contrast and detail even at full aperture. That aim is met in an incomparable manner. The latest milestone in the history of the M-system delivers previously unattained performance levels in terms of all technical parameters. The MTF curves, which describe the sharpness of the image, remain all the way to the edges, even with the aperture open, over 50% contrast. This level of performance has never been achieved previously and demonstrates the exceptional quality of the lens. This allows extremely sharp imaging in all scenarios, with optimal definition right into the corners, even for close-ups.

This lens has an apochromatic correction feature which is a highly complex and sophisticated method of color error correction. It minimizes color fringing at sharp edges, so ensuring that all details are naturally depicted. This is achieved, among other means, by skilfully integrating glasses with anomalous partial dispersion into the lens design. All these qualities allow photographers to get the best possible image quality, especially for large prints.

The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm/f2 ASPH particularly in combination with high-resolution cameras such as the new Leica M Monochrom will offer photographers the opportunity to produce fine-art photography of a quality never before attained. The new lens will be available from August 2012.

The Leica S-Adapter H will allow S2 customers to use the Hasselblad H-System lenses with the S2 or S2-P.

The Leica S-Adapter H will allow the Hasselblad H-lenses the following functions:

  • Leica S-Adapter HAutofocus and manual focusing with focus indication
  • Automatic diaphragm
  • Central shutter up to 1/750s

The Leica S-Adapter H will allow Hasselblad lenses to have an extended scope of application with the S-camera due to the integrated focal plane shutter of the camera body. This will allow the photographer to shoot with the Hasselblad lenses, as well as, with central shutter or without central shutter by using upto 1/4000s with the focal plane shutter of the camera.
The Leica S-Adapter H supports the following H-system lenses:

• HCD 4 / 28 mm
• HC 3.5 / 35 mm
• HC 3.5 / 50 mm II
• HC 2.8 / 80 mm
• HC 2.2 / 100 mm
• HC macro 4 / 120 mm II
• HC 3.2 / 150 mm
• HC 4 / 210 mm
• HC 4.5 / 300 mm
• HCD 4-5.6 / 35 – 90 mm
• HC 3.5-4.5 / 50 – 110 mm

The Leica S-Adapter H will be available in North America from late May.

The Leica X2, featuring the latest sensor technology in combination with the fast 35mm Leica Elmarit lens. Available in black and silver, the X2 which is made in Germany will be available in North America at the end of May 2012.

Leica X2Differences between the Leica X2 and Leica X1:

  • Newly developed sensor which provides high image quality especially at low light and optimized auto focus speed.
  • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder.
  • New touch and feel of the operating elements, new leather trim and surfaces.
  • New pop-up flash with latch trip.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, latest version.

Leica V-Lux 40The V-Lux 40 is a 14.1 MP compact digital camera that boasts a high-performance 20X super-zoom lens with focal length range of 24 to 480 mm, the Leica V-LUX 40 is ideal for almost any photographic situation. The Leica V-LUX 40 is available now.

We have also noticed that the delivery of some product has improved. Consequently, we have some unique items in stock at this time, such as the highly sought after Noctilux-M 50/0.95 ASPH and the Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH in silver chrome.

Also worth mentioning is the $150 Gift Card promotion on the V-Lux 3. Simply purchase a V-Lux 3 and receive a $150 gift card.