What all of you have been waiting for…the big Leica announcements! Let’s see if my crystal ball was correct!
The Limited Edition Titanium M9
Talk about a DREAM Digital M! The big one has arrived! The king of digital rangefinders… YES! The Titanium M9 special edition. Only 500 made and will come with a matching 35 Summilux ASPH (new version). This is an all new design of the M9 which is pretty damn sexy in some ways, and in others not. The cool thing is the LED frame lines, very cool! I am confident these will make their way to an M10 but probably not until 2013. This is a very nice camera but I know I will never buy one as it is just so damn expensive so I probably wouldn’t anyway, but I am guessing these will sell out without a problem. There are plenty out there who can afford it, and WILL buy it. BTW, the M9 was re-designed by Volkswagen designer Walter de Silva. Just looks so…different.
So here it is, anywhere $22k-#27k for the set. The Titanium M9! This official pic looks much nicer than the one I had up yesterday.
The Black Leica X1
I actually saw this camera MONTHS AGO while in Mexico and chatting with Stefan Daniels. Looked sexy and sleek. I liked it alot and think it was a great move to produce an all black X1 though it appears the new Fuji may steal some of the X1’s thunder (though the Fuji is almost 2X as big as the X1) – Yes, the X1 is sleek, sexy and more discreet in black. The innards are the same, this is only a cosmetic change and a change to black with the black M9 covering as well. The X1 is a proven image quality machine and you cant deny it looks pretty damn good in black 🙂
Looking good in all black! In fact, I REALLY DIG THE BLACK.
The D-Lux 5
It has landed! The one many of you guys have been waiting for and this is a version of the Panny LX-5, same camera. We all know these are made by Panasonic but the Leica will offer you a longer warranty, better software and the firmware and cosmetics are different. The D-Lux 4 was a huge hit for Leica, so I will take a guess here and say the D-Lux 5 will be an even bigger hit. I hope to review this camera soon…if Leica will honor my request and send me one to review!
The Leica V-Lux 2
A 25-600 ZOOM! Yes, this is one of those big powerhouse zoom cameras that some people really get into. Usually the quality sucks with these cameras, and again, this is another “made by Panasonic camera” with the better software, longer warranty and much more attractive appearance (IMO). Another superzoom V-Lux. Not my cup of tea really as these usually do not offer the best IQ, but hey, its anther option for those who want this kind of camera or those who want a small-ish camera with huge zoom capability.
So there you go! No “R” EVIL camera as I mentioned. Just a special edition for the wealthy, an update to the X1’s color, the V-Lux 2 and D-Lux 5.
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