Leica announced the M Monochrom Typ 246 “Your Mark” Limited Edition set. Leica produced eighty of the sets exclusively for US distribution. If you want a “Your Mark” Monochrom M, you’ll need to buy it at a Leica store. The set includes a leather strap and a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens.
Both the body and lens are finished in black paint. Additionally, the retro lens design lens features red and white script and round removable lens hood. The camera is covered in Horween leather, sourced through Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
Leica’s Monochrom M features a 24MP sensor that only captures luminance values and creates black and white images only.
Leica claims the black paint on the body and lens as well as the Horween leather body covering will “age beautifully over time.”
Leica announced the Kyoto Edition of the Leica M Monochrom camera. Leica made ten of the camera sets to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Kyoto Leica store. The set includes a Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens and a leather strap in matching green to the camera body’s grip.
Leica announced the Q2 camera and it’s available from authorized retailers today. The camera is a significant leap forward from the Leica Q and features a 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The lens is a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH Summilux lens, but the camera features crop modes that correspond to 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm focal lengths. Notably, the body is weather sealed.
Additionally, the camera feature built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-FI, 10fps, and a 3″ touchscreen. Watch Leica’s product video below or read Leica’s press release here. The Leica Q2 costs $4995 US.
On March 4th, Flickr finally announced the roll out of a Yahoo independent login system. According to the folks at Flickr and SmugMug, users made cutting ties with Yahoo their priority request.
SmugMug and Flickr will roll out the updated login process to its users in the coming weeks. It is not clear when new users will be able to create Flickr accounts without a Yahoo login. We tried it this morning and are still required to use a Yahoo process for a new account.
Shoten announced the RF version of the SPEEDMASTER 50mm F0.95 III. The lens is currently available in Nikon Z and Sony E-mount versions. The RF version will be available in April. Follow the link to Shoten’s product page (in Japanese).
Meike announced the MK 85mm F1.8 lens for Sony E-mount. The full-frame, manual focus lens has nine elements in six groups, and a nine-blade aperture. It’s worth pointing out that the lens product photo features a Sony APS-C body, but according to Meike’s info, it is a full frame design. The lens is listed on Amazon, but without pricing.