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Celebrating 100 Years of Leica Photography

Here's a pair of cool videos, celebrating 100 years of Leica photography from 1914-2014. Read more below for the second - and more info.

Customize Your (New) Leica

It's no secret, but not exactly well-known (or publicized in any way) for that matter - but you can opt to have your new Leica customized (for a fee, of course). Leica Store Miami recently posted the above picture as an example. It's a Leica M (Type 240) with the M9-P-esque "Leica" script engraving. Of course, you can also apply this to the M-E or M Monochrom as well. You can even choose the color (e.g. white or red). Not quite à la carte, but some options exist. Contact your local dealer (or Leica Store Miami) and ask about it. Of course, you can pimp your Leica in many other ways as well!


Helen Levitt: New York Streets Exhibits

From Jim Casper over on LensCulture comes word of an exciting exhibition; "Helen Levitt: New York Streets 1938 to 1990s". A remarkable retrospective of Helen Levitt’s street photography from New York is being shown now at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. The exposition spans seven decades of her photographs made mostly throughout working-class neighborhoods in New York. Another exhibit of her works will be at the Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA from April 25 to September 21, 2014. Read more below for additional info.

Leica Cameras on Display at Carl Benz Museum

Through Mercedes-Benz news channels, we have word of "100 Years of Leica at the Dr. Carl Benz Museum" (in German). The Auto Museum Dr. Carl Benz in Ladenburg, Germany will be featuring a special exhibition on the occasion of the Leica centennial. From May 1, 2014 you can see 50 different Leica cameras and accessories from all epochs of production, including the very special Leica I. Read more below for translation.

175 Years of Photography - Film Lives On

Over on Prophoto Online is an interesting historical look at something near and dear to our hearts - film! The piece "175 Years of Photography - Film Lives On" (in German) takes a look at film from its humble beginnings as dry plates, to color and instant films through today. Despite the unstoppable onslaught of digital, it's still enjoyed by many photographers... Its demise often foretold, but still not realized. If anything, it's arguably enjoying a resurgence these days. Read more below for translation.

ONA Announces The Astoria/Capri Lines

Not long ago, in fact a month ago - you may recall that we announced the new ONA "The Berlin" camera bag and review right here on La Vida Leica! Not ones to stand still, ONA is at it again and is announcing their newest products today, starting with "The Astoria" messenger bag (shown above) in waxed canvas with leather details that's large enough for a full Leica kit and a laptop such as the Apple MacBook Air 13". Also announced is "The Capri" tote, in both waxed canvas and leather versions... And finally, the "Leather Presidio" camera strap - alas, it won't work with our Leica cameras. Head on over to the ONA website to check 'em out!