Leica M10

Leica will increase its prices in the US starting May 1st

According to a report from Red Dot Forum by Leica Store Miami, Leica will increase the price of most of its products in the US starting May 1st. The site has published a list of the 66 products that will become more expensive next month, which includes most Leica M cameras and nearly all M lenses—for example, the Leica M10 with chrome finish will increase in price by $400, from $6,895 to $7,295.

You can check out the full list here, but according to the report you’ll pay:

  • $200 to $500 more for Leica M cameras
  • $100 to $600 more for Leica M lenses
  • $100 to $200 more for Leica S lenses
  • $45 to $245 more for Leica APS-C gear
  • $245 more for the Leica Q (Typ 116) black anodized model
  • $200 more for the Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • and a whopping $1,045 more for the Leica S (Typ 007), which will now cost $19,995.

You’ll notice the SL system, new Thambar 90mm and Noctilux 75mm lenses, and Leica CL camera are not affected by this price increase.

Per Red Dot Forum’s report, orders placed by April 30th will honor the current, lower prices—that includes items that won’t be in stock until May 1st or later. If you’re in the US and are interesting in purchasing a Leica product, you can browse the full list of affected products here.

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Mano a mono(chrom): the humbling of a color-only photographer

Taken in Kyoto, this is one of my favorite pictures from our recent visit to Japan, and one that I don’t think would work in black and white. My challenge on the trip was to start seeing – and creating – pictures that would.

Leica M10, 35mm @ F1.4, ISO 1250

Let me begin this article by explaining what it isn’t. This isn’t a review of the Leica Monochrom (specifically the Typ 246 but henceforth referred to simply as ‘Monochrom’ since life is short). We all know that the Monochrom is a strange and unique camera,1 priced and positioned in a way that puts it out of reach for most photographers, myself included. But that’s why it’s so fascinating, and why when I got the opportunity to borrow one for a recent trip to Japan, I jumped at the chance.2

Over the years, my ‘no black and white’ rule for personal work has become pretty firm

My relationship with black and white imaging is complicated. I started out in the late 90s shooting black and white film, but since switching to digital in the early 2000s I’ve worked entirely in color. Very rarely – if ever – do I convert an image into monochrome unless at the request of one of my friends who wants to class-up their online dating profile. Over the years, my ‘no black and white’ rule for personal work has become pretty firm.

This display case is full of urns of earth, collected from WW2 cemeteries across the world. The colors of the flags have faded almost to the point where this scene is monochromatic.

Leica Monochrom, 28mm @ F2.8, ISO 6400

Why such a rigid personal policy? Catch me on an especially bumptious day → continue…

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