New Gear: Leica Unveils New Lenses, Adapter, Film Camera

To celebrate 100 years of Leica, a new Macro Elmar-M 90mm f/4 lens and Macro-M, Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH, and the Leica M-A rangefinder have all been announced

leica m 100

leica m 100

New camera announcements are pretty common here at PopPhoto, but it's not very often that we hear of a new film camera, let alone one from as prestigious a lineage as Leica. Yet, with the company celebrating its 100th anniversary, today saw the announcement of not just a new, totally analog Leica rangefinder, but also two lenses and a mount adapter.

Two of these announcements are part of an extremely limited bundle. The Leica M Edition 100. Only 101 of these sets will be made, and each one contains the new Leica M-A, described as "a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography". The sets also include a new Leica M Monochrom in silver, as well as a trio of lenses: three Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50 mm. The 28mm f/1.4 is a new lens as well, having never before been shown by Leica. To top it all off, it comes in a black anodized aluminium case constructed by Rimowa especially for Leica, and with a few rolls of Kodak TRI-X 400 black-and-white film to start you off. None of these items will be available individually.

M mount shooters will also soon have more macro options at their beck and call, with Leica also unveiling a new macro lens and macro adapter. The Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 is a collapsible macro lens that also functions as a portrait lens for other uses. But its real functionality comes to light when combined with the new Leica Macro-Adapter-M. Here's how Leica describes it:

The Leica Macro-Adapter-M is designed to be mounted between the camera and the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4. Its integrated helical screw system allows a variable extension of the lens of between 18 and 30 mm and thus enables the variation of the reproduction ratio. When mounted on the adapter, the Leica Macro-Elmar-M 90 mm f/4 can also be used in its collapsed position for exposures up to infinity. Thanks to a new locking function, this allows photographers to set any distance from 41 cm (reproduction ratio 1:2) to infinity without having to dismount the adapter.

Both components are set to debut in June for an undisclosed price.