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Thursday, April 28, 2016

LEICA ANNOUNCES M-D (TYP 262): DIGITAL M WITH ANALOG FEEL




Leica M-D

By Josh Lehrer 

Today, Leica Camera has announced the Leica M-D (Typ 262), a full-frame digital M rangefinder camera with no rear LCD screen, live view, video or electronic viewfinder compatibility. The camera features similar specifications to the M (Typ 240) with a finish in black paint, brass construction (same 690 gram weight as the M240), a 1GB buffer and 3 frames-per-second continuous shooting. However, it does have a quieter shutter mechanism like the recently released M (Typ 262).

The M-D (Typ 262) follows the limited-edition M Edition 60, which was the first Leica digital M camera to have no rear LCD screen. Like the M60, the M-D (Typ 262) has a beautifully finished metal ISO dial on the back of the camera in place of a display, putting all three exposure controls (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) right at your fingertips. A welcome addition not found on the M60 is a rear thumb dial to adjust exposure compensation. Unlike the M (Typ 262), the M-D is styled more like the M-P (Typ 240) with no red Leica dot and the classic white Leica script engraving on the top plate.

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Since the announcement of the M Edition 60 at the last Photokina, many users requested a non-special edition M that would have a similar design philosophy, one that would reduce the camera down to the bare essentials of rangefinder photography. With the release of the M-D (Typ 262), Leica shooters looking for the pure M experience who still want the benefits of Leica’s latest digital technology now have their wish granted.

The camera is priced at $5,995. For full specifications or to place an order, you can check out the M-D at Leica Store Miami here: Leica M-D (Typ 262). First deliveries of the camera are expected in early May 2016.

The full press release, from Leica:

Reduced to the essentials both in features and design, the Leica M-D (Typ 262) embodies the essence of rangefinder photography. For features, it has setting options for ISO values, aperture and shutter speeds. Design wise, the camera excludes an LCD monitor, menu controls and Leica red dot logo. It features the classic step at the end of the top plate.

The images from the Leica M-D (Typ 262) are characterized by outstanding contrast, exceptional detail resolution and low image noise. It is ideal to shoot with available light.

The Leica M-D (Typ 262) features a shutter cocking system that is quieter than that of its sister models the M and M-P (Typ 240). In single exposure mode, the shutter release frequency is up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the Leica M (Typ 262) has the same burst rate as its sister models and shoots up to three frames per second.

The discreteness and compact size of the camera allows photographers to not only get close to the action, but into the heart of where it’s happening.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LIMITED EDITION ‘OBERWERTH FOR LEICA’ CAMERA BAG SET ANNOUNCED




By David Farkas 

Today, Leica Camera has announced a collaboration with high-end German camera bag designer and manufacturer Oberwerth. The ‘Oberwerth for Leica’ set has been made exclusively for Leica and is limited to 800 pieces worldwide. Each set consists of a camera bag, removable insert, matching camera strap, and cases for a battery and the EVF 2 or Visoflex 020.

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The ‘Oberwerth for Leica’ is handmade in Germany from black leather and black Cordura nylon with red edge stitching. With inner dimensions of 9.5″ x 7″ x 3.5″ (24 x 18 x 9 cm), the bag is ideally sized for M, T, X and Q camera systems. You should be able to comfortably fit an M with three lenses. Like other nylon/leather hybrid Oberwerth bags, this case should be very lightweight yet sturdy and stylish. The ‘Oberwerth for Leica’ was awarded the prestigious RedDot European design award.

The set is now available for pre-order through Leica Store Miami for $995. As the set is limited to 800 pieces worldwide, quantities will be limited.

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Here is the Leica Press Release:

Leica Camera is pleased to introduce the camera bag set, ‘Oberwerth for Leica’. Limited to 800 units worldwide, each set consists of a camera bag, removable insert, camera strap, and cases for a battery and EVF 2 or Visoflex. This system case is made exclusively for Leica Camera.

‘Oberwerth for Leica’ is handmade using the finest leather and Cordura® in Germany. It is ideal for the M, T, X and Q cameras. The compact bag comes with a removable camera compartment. The outer dimensions of the bag are 10.6 x 8 x 4.3 inches while the inner dimensions are 9.5 x 7 x 3.5 inches. This systems case is lightweight yet sturdy thanks to the combination of leather and Cordura.


The ‘Oberwerth for Leica’ was awarded the prestigious RedDot European design award.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

THE OTHER COMPANIES AT LEITZ PARK





 
Photo by Marlies Amling

Several of the photographs of the new Leica Camera AG headquarters at Leitz Park in Wetzlar show two other buildings and many might have wondered what the companies are in such close proximity of Leica.

The building immediately to the left of the Leica Camera AG hedquarters is Weller Feinwerktechnik and the company of Viaoptic GmbH to the left of it.

The location of these two companies so close to the Leica Camera headquarters is no accident.  They are both closely connected to Leica Camera.  Their Chairman of the Supervisory, Board Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, bought both companies through his capital management company ACM.



Weller Feinwerktechnik

Uwe Weller Feinwerktechnik develops designs and produces premium mechanical products in the company’s state of the art production facilities.

With their own galvanic surface technology and assembly operation, they are able to offer their clients from the strategic fields of precision optics, medical equipment and transportation sophisticated solutions from a ‘one-stop shop’.

In 1994, Uwe Weller took over Leica Camera AG’s machining division, thus laying the foundations for the company in its present form.

In 1997, the business then merged with his father’s company, Günther Weller Feinwerktechnik, which specialized in precision turned parts for the automotive supplier industry. The merged operation subsequently moved into the production facility on Wilhelm-Loh-Straße.

In 2005, the mechatronics division of Leica Microsystems in Weilburg was integrated into the business, followed in 2006 by the machining division of the Zeiss-Hensoldt Group in Wetzlar. Both operations were at that time manufacturing their products in leased premises in Wetzlar.

In early 2009, by relocating to the new facility at Am Leitz Park, the company was able to combine every manufacturing division and technology ‘under one roof’.

In May 2009, the new surface technology division began operations at the site on Wilhelm-Loh-Straße.


Uwe Weller Feinwerktechnik GmbH
Am Leitz-Park 3
35578 Wetzlar
Germany

Phone:+49 6441 90190


 
Viaoptic GmbH

Viaoptic is a leading supplier of plastic optical and mechanical components, technical injection molded parts and injection molding tools.

They are optimally equipped to react to customer requirements in development, tool design, injection molding, surface coating and assembly.

Viaoptic has over 30 years of experience and history.  Viaoptic in its current form has been situated in Wetzlar since 2002.  They moved to their brand new building «Am Leitz-Park» in the beginning of 2009, which offers greater opportunities for growth in the future.

Their customers are specialized in automotive industry, optical sensors, telecommunication, medical industry, lightning and optical industry. Their products are used in several different applications for light optics and imaging optics. Typical products include e.g. barcode scanner, LED illumination optics etc..

Viaoptic is an independent medium-sized company, supported by a broad-ranging network of partners.

Both companies are not just financially connected to Leica.  They do a large amount of work for Leica camera.  Especially Weller Feinwerktechnik does almost all mechanical preproduction work for Leica Camera as well as Leica Microsystems.


Viaoptic GmbH
Am Leitz-Park
35578 Wetzlar
Germany

Phone:+49 6441 90110



CW Sonderoptic GmbH

Also located at Leitz Park is CW Sonderoptic GmbH.  They currently are in the same building as Viaoptic GmbH, but will relocate to their own building planned as part of Leitz Park III once it is finished.  CW Sonderoptic was founded in 2008 to design, manufacture and market Leica-branded cine lenses for film, television and commercial production. The “CW” stands for “Cine Wetzlar”, a reference to both the company’s mission and legacy.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority owner and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, started CW Sonderoptic to design and develop what became the Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C cine lenses. The concept behind these lenses was originally conceived by photographer and filmmaker Christian Skrein along with Hollywood rental house owner Otto Nemenz.

The dream for the set of Leica Summilux-C lenses was for them to be the most advanced cinema lenses yet created in regards to size, performance, mechanical precision, and optical tolerance. To create such a design they brought in legendary cine lens designer Iain Neil. Together they determined the specifications and features of the lenses and began production with the first sets delivering in early 2012.

Under the guidance of Managing Directors Gerhard Baier and Erik Feichtinger, CW Sonderoptic continues to develop and manufacture new and innovative products for cinematographers all over the world.


CW Sonderoptic GmbH
Am Leitz-Park 1
35578 Wetzlar
Germany


Phone:+49 6441 90110


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