Leica Celebrates 100th Anniversary

“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.” Read more HERE

Technically, it will be another decade before Leica celebrates 100 years of camera sales, as mass production didn’t start until 1924. But be that as it may, the company has just auctioned 100 rare items from throughout its history — and even a little beyond. (The oldest item auctioned was a telescope built by Carl Kellner, founder of the company that would become first Leitz, and later, Leica.)

“And among the items auctioned was the first of a brand-new, 101-copy limited set dubbed the Leica M ‘Edition 100′, the company’s first to include both analog film and digital cameras together. Alongside a silver variant of the Leica M Monochrom, the M ‘Edition 100′ set includes the new Leica M-A film camera, the company’s first in over a decade. Based on a Leica MP film camera, the Leica M-A is also joined in the set by three Leica Summilux-M lenses: a 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4, and 50 mm f/1.4. The set follows on from S ‘Edition 100′ and D-LUX 6 ‘Edition 100′ sets that were introduced in February and March, respectively, again with limited availability.

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Also new are the Macro-Elmar 90mm f/4 lens and Macro-Adapter-M, both of which will have broader availability. The lens can be used alone as a compact 90mm telephoto, or mounted on the collapsible adapter for macro shooting. The adapter will also work with other M-mount lenses of 50mm focal length or greater.” Read more HERE

Check out these great Leica Links as well:

LEICA M-SYSTEM: Closer to the moment

The new Leica S

LEICA D-LUX 6: Inspired by the moment

THE LEGEND LIVES ON:  100 years of Leica photography

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