Leica announces new products for 2012

Leica today has announced a wide range of new products being released this year. Leica's 2012 lineup including the world’s first full frame black and white digital camera, the Leica M Monochrom, the 14MP Leica V-LUX 40, the 16MP Leica X2, the APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH lens, and a new adapter for the Leica S2 that allows for the use of Hasselblad H lenses.


Leica M Monochrom

  • Newly developed monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 million pixels
  • 100% sharper imaging thanks to direct processing of raw data with no interpolation
  • Extremely low, fine-grain image noise up to ISO 10,000
  • Raw data histogram and parameter clipping warning
  • Various tones programmable
  • Top cover and bottom plate in black chrome finish
  • New leatherette body covering
  • All-cowhide carrying strap
  • Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software supplied in addition to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Exclusive access to the Leica Monochrom Print Service in cooperation with Whitewall
  • Original fiber barite print of a Magnum photo from the Leica M Monochrom campaign by J.A. Sobol supplied

Pricing and Availability:
The Leica M Monochrom will be available in August 2012 at an estimated price of $7,950


Leica V-LUX 40

  • Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.3 – 86 mm / f 3.3 – 6.4 ASPH ( 24 – 480 mm equivalent) zoom lens
  • Newly developed 14.1 MP 1 / 2.23" CMOS sensor
  • Simple and intuitive handling, plus manual setting options for more ambitious users
  • Fast burst shooting and 3-D photo feature
  • 3" touch screen display with a resolution of 460, 000 pixels
  • 1080 p-AVCHD full HD video and internet friendly MP4 storage format
  • GPS module for the registration of geographical data for the location of every shot including detailed maps on separate DVD
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 – the software package for image an video processing, archiving and display.

Pricing and Availability:
The Leica V-LUX will be available mid-May 2012 at an estimated price of $699


Leica X2

  • Newly developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with an effective resolution of 16.1 MP
  • Leica Elmarit 1;2.8/24 mm ASPH (35 mm equivalent: 35 mm)
  • Simple operation and manual adjustment possibilities
  • High quality materials
  • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder for new photographic perspectives
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the comprehensive solution for modern digital photography
  • Made in Germany

Pricing and Availability:
The Leica X2 will be available Late-May 2012 at an estimated price of $1,995

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH lens

  • High speed standard lens delivering outstanding imaging performance
  • Supremely soft rendering of blurred image areas (Bokeh)
  • Integrated lens hood, extendable by rotating
  • Product package includes milled brass lens front cap
  • Exclusive presentation packaging box

Pricing and Availability:
The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH lens will be available in August 2012 at an estimated price of $7,195


Leica S-Adapter H

  • The Leica S-Adapter H will allow the Hasselblad H-lenses the following functions:
  • Autofocus and manual focusing with focus indication
  • Automatic diaphragm
  • Central shutter upto 1/750s

The Leica S-Adapter H supports the following H-system lenses:

  • HCD4/28mm
  • HC3.5/35mm
  • HC3.5/50mmII
  • HC2.8/80mm
  • HC2.2/100mm
  • HCmacro4/120mmII
  • HC3.2/150mm
  • HC4/210mm
  • HC4.5/300mm
  • HCD4-5.6/35–90mm
  • HC3.5-4.5/50–110mm

Pricing and Availability:
The Leica S-Adapter H will be available late-May 2012 at an estimated price of $1,950