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Leica 100th Anniversary Set Includes Both Analog & Digital Cameras and Some Glass

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Leica has come out strong in 2014, showing off and releasing some impressive gear — both on their own and in collaboration with third-parties — in the first and second quarters.

And they should be, as this past March was the 100th anniversary of their camera manufacturing, albeit not technically in mass production.

Looking to capitalize on the opportunity of their century-long endeavors, though, Leica has auctioned off 100 rare items from throughout its history through the WestLicht Photographica Auction*. Among the pieces of the German company’s history auctioned off was the very first copy of what is a new, limited-edition Leica M ‘Edition 100’ set.

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Unique to this set is the inclusion of both an analogue and digital camera in the same purchase. The digital variation of their M-line to make it into the set is the silver variant of the Leica M Monochrom camera, and the analogue is a brand new Leica M-A film camera (the first in a decade for the high-end camera manufacturer. Joining those two bodies are three drool-worthy Leica Summilux-M lenses: a 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, and 50mm f/1.4.

As pointed out over at Imaging Resource, you may notice the Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 and the silver variation of the M Monochrom are two unreleased pieces of gear from Leica. While the silver M Monochrom is said to be sold separately, it’s unknown whether the new glass will be as well.

You may also notice this is the third limited-edition announcement from Leica this year, the Leica S ‘Edition 100’ and the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition 100’ being the first two. Who knows what else Leica has up their sleeve for the remaining two quarters. But it’s probably safe to assume they’re not done milking the extra promotion out of their centennial celebration.

(via Imaging Resource)


 
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  • nw_guy

    It is all stainless steel not the normal chrome monochrom that was announced

  • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

    you pervert.

    chromed monochrome would be just insane.

  • devtank

    uh hundred years.. hundred grand?

  • http://www.flyingsuicide.net/ Oj0

    One hundred billion dollars
    /end Dr Evil voice

  • James Donahue

    I have a used fuji x10 for sail with 3 extra batteries a wrist strap a shoulder strap plus a slotted lens hood. do I hear 25 g’s

  • http://www.sin3rgy-creative.com/ David Liang

    Whatever the price ends up being, I gotta say Leica know’s how to put together an enticing package. They’re marketing team is top notch.

  • http://IEBA.com/ Anthony

    I agree. Down to the kick-ass Rimowa briefcase too.

  • Bewar3them00n

    Mmmmmmm…… Drool …. !
    Now back to reality! If only Canon would get their heads out of their collective arses and give us a digital Rangefinder!!!!! I have the Canon P, which I picked up for around £110, it must be the most well built camera ever, a wonderful piece of engineering and built like a tank.
    Why, when Nikon, Fuji, olympus! have looked to the past and done well ( not too sure about the Nikon yet, but at least they tried) have Canon not give us something really new and exciting? They had some classic rangefinders and SLRs that would surely raise eyebrows if given a digital resurrection? Instead we get more black plastic….
    Now we hear Canon Australia have had a 90% drop in sales and had to lay people off. Maybe now they will start to take note of what the competition is doing?
    There still, is no competition for Leica in the affordable rangefinder market, the legacy is there, some stunning rangefinders that some say rivalled Leica.
    I’m sorry to say, I’m ditching my Canon DSLR, and picking up an Olympus OMD this week, just like countless others who are obviously realising big is not better,
    Come on Canon ditch the plastic!

  • Mike

    It’s special stainless steel, forged on the thighs of the finest virgins, from the best coal and iron picked by special iron seeking pigs, from the earth of ancient battlefields.
    For 10000$ more, you can have the camera painted with the blood of your enemies.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

    Canon’s too caught up in the video thing almost as if they’ve given up on making real progress in the stills.

    I started replacing my Canon DSLRs (both FF and APS-C) the moment Sony released the Nex line. At first it was difficult but came to the realisation that an APS-C in my pocket is a lot better than a FF that stayed at home. The smaller, do everything camera meant I could carry a cooler/higher quality film camera when I travelled instead of having to do everything with a boring DSLR that was neither small or the highest quality.

    Now I shoot with a Sony A7R and won’t get another DSLR unless one comes out with some radical image capturing method or something. The only Canon body I have now is an EOS 3. Also sold two of my ex-favourite Canon lenses recently… the 24L II and 85L II.

    Personally I recommend a A7/A7R/A7S than a microFourThirds. In addition to the massive difference in image quality, you can even use Canon lenses with AF and IS with an adapter.

  • powellt

    my Aunty Elizabeth
    just got an awesome yellow Toyota Sienna from only workin parttime on a home
    pc. more info here works77.ℂℴm

  • Timothy Jace

    Same here. I sold everything Nikon and didn’t care if it was a great loss. It was a great gain for me when i was able to bring a light camera (sony a7r) with great image quality everywhere with me!

  • Bill Binns

    I have a theory that Leica as it is now only exists so that camera shop owners have something to sell to the odd rich douchebag who comes in and demands “the best camera”.

  • Bewar3them00n

    As they say, the best camera is the one you have on you! I’ve been using my Ricoh GR everyday since I got it, an APS-C camera that really does fit in the pocket, it has it’s limitations, but it’s size and image quality has meant I’ve not missed a tele too much.
    I will have to have a look at the A7R, thanks for the heads up

  • hugh crawford

    Has it really been 50 years since the Leica CL 50 Jahre , Leica M5 50 Jahre, and Leicaflex 50 Jahre?
    checks watch..

  • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

    It’s still perverted. Chromatic (aka chrome) monochrome is chromatic aka non-colorless aka not black and white aka colored.