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Singer Seal Spotted with Mysterious Leica, Possibly an Upcoming Digital MP

Last week The Daily Mail published some photographs of British singer Seal passing through LAX airport with his family. While at first glance it might look like the camera hanging around his neck is a Leica MP film rangefinder, look a little closer and you’ll see that it’s not — it doesn’t have a battery compartment, a film reverse lever, or a film advance lever…

Here’s what a Leica MP looks like:

There are also rumors swirling around that Leica is planning to announce a digital version of the MP sometime in June (possibly called the Leica M9-P). Leica Rumors thinks the camera will be unveiled at a product announcement scheduled for June 21st, 2011.

(via Leica Rumors)


Update: Leica Rumors has some higher-res pics here. Apparently the new camera will cost about $700 more than the M9, but the only changes are cosmetic. (Thx Phil!)


 
 
  • Redfernphoto

     Isn’t that just a Leica M8 or M9?

  • http://twitter.com/Martin_Q_Blank_ Phil Lowe

     http://leicarumors.com/2011/05/16/close-ups-of-seals-leica-m9-p-camera.aspx/  Guess that ends that mystery

  • ranger9

    Are you SURE it wasn’t just one of those iPhone 4 “look-alike” skins advertised on Petapixel?
    :-)

    Okay, seriously… Lacking an advance lever, what would be the difference between an “MP” M9 and a regular M9? I know, the rumors said either a cover over the rear LCD or no rear LCD at all… but that doesn’t seem enough to justify a separate model. (Then again, Leica is no stranger to cranking out near-identical ‘editions’ to separate over-rich enthusiasts from their money…)

  • Hobby Photographer

    Do Leica give their test-cameras to celebrities instead of photographers? 

  • http://twitter.com/i_am_softlad soft lad

     You think that’s bad, Microsoft spunked a small fortune on Dizzee Rascal and for what? -> http://goo.gl/HrW7W  “I might get a camera now!” FFS.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jimmy.cg Jimmy Gunawan

    I have a feeling that’s just the FujiX100 camera. But, it could be Leica too if celebrity indeed gets it.

    People on the street has been asking me if my FujiX100 is Leica camera :)

  • Pete

    Seal has been a Leica photographer for a while now. Not because he’s a celebrity, because he’s a photographer.

  • Hobby Photographer

     Thanks, Pete. I didnt know that. Thanks again.

  • Anonymous

    Psh, why would anybody have a film Leica?

  • ranger9

    Well, there are a lot of Leica users who DON’T get to test pre-production cameras. Being a celebrity certainly doesn’t hurt…

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Trololololol

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    I’ve been getting that too.
    But that is clearly not a X100. Flash is in a different location and it doesn’t have the VF lever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656060939 Fran Purdy

    Seal posts his photos here: http://seal.picortwo.com , along with his wife, and Rankin.  You can sometimes see a Leica in shot.   I’d be interested to see other people’s opinions of his photos…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656060939 Fran Purdy

    Seal posts his photos here: http://seal.picortwo.com , along with his wife, and Rankin.  You can sometimes see a Leica in shot.   I’d be interested to see other people’s opinions of his photos…

  • Charlie

     I dunno if anyone has thought of this or maybe im just being silly but Fuji X100 with lens hood attached ?

  • Charlie

     I dunno if anyone has thought of this or maybe im just being silly but Fuji X100 with lens hood attached ?

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  • Stanis42

    Yes, and Queen Elizabeth is a photographer too. Leica used too Regal her M-3. Unfortunately she wasn`t allowed to try it in East End to prove how  good she was to her objects/subjects.