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Fake Leica Meets Minecraft?

Exclusive! Back at the end of August, the "Fake Leica" sculpture by Chinese artist Liao Yibai that was at the Leica Store Los Angeles sold. It was the largest of several such "Fake Leica" sculptures, and was listed for $1M USD. No word on if it did fetch that much or who bought it - but we have an idea. You may have heard the name Markus Persson. No? He's the guy that created Minecraft. Turns out, he just bought a $70M USD house up in Beverly Hills. As you might expect, this mega-expensive bachelor pad comes complete with a raft of cars and art, including "a giant Leica camera." Doing the math, it seems this may just be where that sculpture ended up. One thing's for certain - it's got a sweet view of L.A. below.

Street Photographer Andre D. Wagner and his Leica

Brooklyn-based photographer, Andre D. Wagner, received a BFA in Social Work and Digital Media in 2010. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, he now focuses on his passion which is street and documentary style photography. Definitely check out the great video and his website - read more below!


Leica Announces M3D Film Camera

Leica has quietly released what they bill as a "new edition of a legend" some three weeks ago. The film camera M3D. Based off of the current Leica M-A, albeit with a "reverse panda" look - black with chrome dials. It's based on the original Leica M3D, which was a very limited set of customized cameras; only four were made - and explains the "-5" in the name/photo above. This time, only 16 will be produced. Furthermore, it will have a film counter reminiscent of the M2, and both a film rewind knob and smaller shutter speed dial, complete with a cutout for a Leicameter. The rewind, frame preview and film wind levers are the old style. There even appears to be a PC sync port out back, a Leicavit on the bottom and a special edition Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens. All in all, a rather accurate reproduction - "new edition of a legend" indeed. Read more below for more details.

Leica Raising Prices on M System and Lenses

It's that time of year again... Time for Leica Camera AG to raise prices substantially (3.28% to as much as 28.39%) on, well, almost everything in the Leica M system. The Leica X, T, D-LUX and V-LUX are not affected, and the price change will take effect January 1, 2015. So if you want to take advantage of the ongoing rebates on Leica M (Type 240) and lenses - you'd better hurry. Read more below for the new pricing scheme.

Craig Semetko: How to Use a Leica M Camera

Craig Semetko offers this video on "How to Use a Leica M Rangefinder..."

Leica T Firmware Update v1.3

Leica today has released firmware v1.3 for the Leica T (from v1.2 in September). Many interesting updates and improvements are included in this release, including significantly faster startup time, improved image processing, bug fixes and general performance tweaks. You can download the firmware and instructions from Leica. Read more below for the complete list and press release.