Leica V-Lux 40 Compact Camera

V-Lux 40

The Leica V-Lux 40 is a new compact camera that follows the V-Lux 30 in the point and shoot lineup.  The V-Lux 40 sports a 15.3MP CMOS image sensor and a 20x zoom lens (24-480mm equivalent).  The camera captures full-HD video and sports a built-in GPS module.

The Leica V-Lux 40 ships with Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10.  Priced at $699, the V-Lux 40 is available here at B&H Photo.

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Leica M Monochrom Black & White Camera

M Monochrom

The Leica M Monochrom is a new 18MP, full frame, black-and-white-only digital camera.  The sensor was designed from the ground up as a black and white sensor.

Per Leica, “As the sensor does not ‘see’ colors, every pixel records true luminance values – as a result, it delivers ‘true’ black-and-white images that are significantly sharper than comparable exposures from a camera with a color-sensitive sensor.”

The Leica M Monochrom should be available in July 2012 for $7950.  Check B&H Photo for availability.

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5 New Leica S System Lenses

Leica S System Lenses

Leica has unveiled five new S system lenses for the S2 medium format camera, all of which are now available in a CS version with a central leaf shutter.

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Leica S-Adapter H Enables use of Hasselblad H Lenses on the Leica S2

Leica S-Adapter H Front

Leica has unveiled a new adapter for the Leica S camera system.  The adapter allows Leica S system users to mount Hasselblad H-system lenses on their cameras.

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Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm F/2 ASPH

APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2

Leica has introduced the a new 50mm M-mount lens, the APO-Summicron-M 50mm F/2 ASPH.

The new lens should be available in July 2012 for $7495.

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Leica V-Lux 3

Leica V-Lux 3

The Leica V-Lux 3 is a new point and shoot superzoom camera featuring a 12.1MP CMOS image sensor and a 25-600mm equivalent zoom range.  The V-Lux 3 is capable of RAW image capture and can capture full-res stills at 12 fps or 60 fps at 3.5MP. The V-Lux 3 also captures 1080/60p AVCHD video.

The V-Lux 3 is bundled with Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements licenses.  The V-Lux 3 should be available in January.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

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Leica V-Lux 30

Leica has unveiled its V-Lux 30 point and shooter, which sports a 14.1MP sensor, a 16x optical zoom (24-384mm equivalent) and the ability to capture 1080i AVCHD video.

The Leica V-Lux 30 is essentially a clone of the Panasonic Lumix ZS10. Other than the cosmetic differences in the two cameras, the only thing separating them is about $400.  The V-Lux 30 retails for $749, while the middle-class Panasonic ZS10 retails for $399 (although the street price is now under $350).

Check availability for the V-Lux 30 on Amazon.com if you’re really itching to pay twice as much for a Leica logo.

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Leica X1 in Black

Leica announced at Photokina 2010 the availability of the X1 in all black, starting in October 2010.

The Leica X1 is an APS-C format camera, which has a 1.5x crop factor, and features a 2.7″ display and a fixed 24mm f/2.8 lens.  The all-black X1 will carry an initial retail price of $1995.00.  Check availability on Amazon.com.