It looks like Leica cameras are seeing another price increase. After already raising the prices earlier this year, some Leica gear has now become even more expensive.
We’ve seen all sorts of interesting Lego cameras: from miniature replicas to working DIY cameras. And if you’re a fan of vintage gear – you’re going to love this one! The 1914 Ur-Leica, or the “original Leica,” could soon become a Lego kit. But, it needs your help to get from an idea to reality.
You can find all sorts of treasures at garage sales and thrift stores. A 16-year-old boy Tyler B. went to a local church sale and stroke a deal that would make all film photographers green with envy. He bought a 7,000 kit consisting of a 1960s Leica M4 and a couple of lenses – for only $15.
We’ve seen some limited edition, incredibly expensive stuff Leica launched in collaboration with various artists. But the latest one is downright weird. Teaming up with MediCom Toy Inc., we now have a Leica Bearbrick teddy bear. Yeah, you read that right. What makes it even weirder is that the toy costs like an actual Leica camera, but there’s an important differece – it doesn’t take photos.
Leica is something like Ferrari in the world of cameras. And just like the famous Italian supercar – not everyone can afford one. So, how do photographers justify the extra buck they paid for it? And why do they love their Leicas so much? In this parody video, Samuel Lintaro Hopf and his friends sum up all the sh*t things Leica photographers say, so let’s see if you’re familiar with any of them.
The idea of Leica with image stabilisation, built-in EVF, WIFI, 2 card slots and endless more features, may seem like a very foreign concept for legacy Leica shooters. However, this is exactly what Leica has made. And while the Leica SL2-S is very easy to glance at and think “well, it’s just an overpriced Panasonic”. Or maybe even from the other side – “it’s just an SL2 with an outdated sensor to drop the price by a grand”. These impressions are definitely accurate. But the way I see it, and I’m sure Leica has thought of as well, is a camera to bridge the gap of old style, to new. Film shooters that have no need for high-resolution images, and have already had their fulfilment of M, this is another perfect option for them! Let me explain…
It’s no secret that Leica cameras are pricey and that most of us can’t afford one. But hey, we can at least take a consolation prize – and perhaps a wooden Leica is a great one. This wooden camera is a Leica M3 replica, it looks beautiful, each piece is unique, and it will only set you back $89.
Leica has released a smartphone. Well, technically, Japanese multinational conglomerate, SoftBank Group has released a “new” smartphone with Leica branding. But for all intents and purposes, it will obviously become known as “the Leica smartphone”. If the name sounds familiar, SoftBank is the company with which Leica invested $121 million in Light in 2018.
While Leica has lent its name to camera modules in various devices from Huawei and others, this is the first time that Leica’s name along with the famous red dot will be front and centre on the device as a whole. Leica has been expressing a desire to make their own smartphone since at least 2017, so the device shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
It looks like Leica cameras are expensive even when they’re completely unusable. A fire-damaged, broken Leica M4 was recently sold at an auction for £1,200 (~$1,700). With premiums and taxes, it reached the final price of £1,488, which is around $2,100.
Leica has now officially unveiled the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-70mm f/2.8 ASPH lens and, well… it looks like it’s basically the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens in a different housing. The specs of the two lenses are virtually identical, except the one with Leica written on it is more than two and a half times the price at $2,795.
The number of elements, groups, minimum focus distance, magnification factor, everything is basically the same. The only real difference seems to be that the Leica uses a metal housing instead of Sigma’s carbon-composite housing. What other changes there may be internally are unknown. But it almost certainly seems to be using Sigma’s optics.