Why is Leica So Serious About Film Cameras?

Why is Leica So Serious About Film Camera

Leica remains the only major brand that still produces high-quality new 35mm film cameras, such as its MP and M-A editions, which are greatly appreciated within their niche market. Both of these were released in the 2000s, with the MP emerging in 2003 and the M-A coming out in 2014. A time when most camera makers were well past film device production. Impressively, Leica still services these models and will even repair decades-old Leica models from the mid-20th century for its loyal customer base. With all this in mind, speculation about a new camera from the iconic brand is always welcomed by fans. So what new is coming?

On August 31, twenty twenty-two, Leica Rumors reported that Leica would bring out a brand new M film camera that is said to replace the current Leica MP and M-A Models. Also, going through their previous rumors, one might think the M film camera might be a cheap offering from Leica, but we all know there’s no word such as “cheap” in Leica’s dictionary.

Recently Leica sent out an email newsletter with only the hashtag #filmisnotdead in the subject line…They even already have a new Leica film graphic that you are seeing right now, but when you see the enhanced view, it makes sense. It seems that we may really be getting close to the new Leica film camera announcement that has been rumored for a while.

The upcoming camera may very well combine features from the MP, M-A, and M7, but it might also include specs from other major Leica camera models, such as the incredibly powerful M11. This particular model is digital and packs a whopping 60 megapixels of full-frame resolution into a very compact body.

What the upcoming camera includes from these previous models or other Leica cameras will presumably be explained if it’s announced. The Leica press conference is slated for October in Germany, and it’s also very likely that other Leica products will be announced at the same event.

So that was some really slim but exciting news about Leica’s upcoming camera! What are your thoughts?

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Joe Pfeffer

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