Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold. ~W. Eugene Smith
The Leica M-A and M Monochrom in the M Edition 100 Set with 28/35/50 Summiluxes, Leica has announced a special twin pack of cameras to celebrate 100 years as one of the most respected names in photography. The Leica M Edition 100 brings together a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography -the Leica M-A- with a digital Leica M (Leica M Monochrom) in one set. ‘M’ stands for Messsucher -a German term for a combined range/viewfinder, which shows you action outside the actual frame. Both cameras stand as symbols for the origins of Leica photography and the present day. The Leica M-A, with technical specifications based on the currently available Leica MP film camera. Alternatively, the second camera, a Leica M Monochrom, is the contemporary variation of the theme composed a century ago by Oskar Barnack. A set that combines the best of both worlds -analog and digital.
Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH, This is the first time that stainless steel has been employed for the visible metallic elements of Leica products -a material that Leica says is extremely difficult to work with. The set also includes three premium Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50 mm and will be supplied in a black anodized aluminium case. Special engraving on the top plate of the body commemorates the centennial, as do the unique serial numbers that end with the four digits of the years between 1914 and 2014. Leica says the sets will be available from Leica boutiques June 2014, and none of the items contained in the sets will be available as separate items. It’s limited to just 101 sets worldwide, making each one a serious collector’s item for Leica Lovers. So tracking one down will likely be challenging, than there’s paying for it.
Berlin II by ONA in Vintage Bourbon, Created to celebrate 100 years of Leica photography, the Berlin II is a limited-edition ONA bag specifically designed for the Leica M-System. The Berlin II is handcrafted with full-grain leather that will develop a rich patina over time. The signature Leica red interior is fully customizable, padded with premium closed-cell foam, and can accommodate one Leica M-System camera, two to three lenses, an iPad and small personal items. The Berlin II also features a zipped organizer pocket, a convenient removable top-grab handle, antique brass buckles, one signature red rivet and a streamlined back pocket. Available early Fall 2014. Beautiful travel bag, as the M-Cameras are ideal partners for travel photographers and photojournalists.