According to Leica Rumors, Leica will announce a new full-frame mirrorless camera around June 14th. LR suggests that the camera will to will called the Leica C-M (or CM). No final confirmation yet.
The new Leica full-frame camera is supposedly a “link between the CL and the SL models.” That makes me wonder if they’re making their newest offering more compact like Sony’s full-frame mirrorless line. Well, I certainly hope they’ll make it sleeker than both the CL and the SL lines. The Leica 24 SL may pack a lot of features, but it looks boring. Leica’s Dr. Andreas Kaufmann even admitted to boredom in an interview with Luminous Landscapes. “The design, we decided to be a little bit on the brutal side,” he said. “But it will become a little bit more elegant in the future.”
Well, we certainly hope that the future you’re talking about is on June 14th, Dr. Kaufmann!
On that same date, Leica is supposedly introducing five new mirrorless lenses as well. So we can expect a few surprises if this rumor happens to be true. We are definitely desperate for some good news from Leica since they discontinued the M7 a few days ago. I just hope they’re not planning to kill off the entire analog line in the future. The Leica brand is all about legacy, and they’ll lose that if they drop their film cameras.