I have red rumors about a new Leica T type 701 to be introduced soon. Can you shed some light on this?
These rumors have been floating around for quite a while now. The latest ones even included pictures and some information on a new line of lenses. A lot of it appears to be quite accurate. But rather than stirring the rumor mill, let's just wait until the end of the month when Leica will have an event in Berlin where they will introduce some new equipment. Then we will know for sure.
This morning I read about a new Leica S to be introduced at Photokina, supposedly with a 40 to 50 megapixel sensor. Anything factual about that?
As so often is the case, there is a lot of truth to some of these rumors. An increase to 40 or 50 megapixels would definitely make sense, especially in view of the fact that some of Leica's competitors in this field have introduced or will introduce cameras with similar resolution. Ove the relatively short time that Leica has been competing in this field with the Leica S line of cameras, they have gained over 25 percent of the market share. I am sure they will not take any chances of losing that position. As a matter of fact, a 50 megapixel Leica s would set itself apart from the entire competition simply by being the smallest camera available with that resolution.
Are you confirming that there will be a 50 megapixel Leica S?
No, my crystal ball is not that good. But I wouldn't be surprised. As I explained, it makes sense.
I see that you have scanned images of Barnack sketches; how do you know if these are real. Reason for the question... my father has quite a few of these. They seem to be of the same size and the sig looks the same. However can these be authenticated?
I used to own one of the sketches, the one with the word "Vorschaltblende." I obtained that one directly from the former curator of the Leica Museum, Dr. Wangorsch. The other one was given to me by a Leica collector who obtained it through the same channels. With other words, these are scans from authentic Barnack sketches.
Maybe I can scan a couple of them and email you? Let me know what you think
You are certainly welcome to do so. It would be interesting to see them.
info@ will work?
Yes, that is my main email address.
I like your new logo.
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Dear Sir, I discovered your blog few weeks ago and I find this very interesting, fascinating and a big resource for new discoveries inside the wonderful Leica world, my very best and sincere compliments to you and to those all that participate in the blog.Many years ago,I would say around 20, while browsing around I found the description of a very beautiful book about the Leica building inWetzlar, full of bw pictures. I was never able to buy it at the time and I never found any info onthe book since then, maybe you can help me with this issue. Thanks in advance and again my best compliments.Antonio M. fromRome
Dear Sir, I am not sure which Leica Building in Wetzlar you are referring to. A very well known one is Haus Friedwart, the former family residence of the Leitz Family. Then there are the production facilities right downtown in Wetzlar with the main administration Building which is now the City Hall of Wetzlar. The downtown production facilities are all used by Leica Microsystems now, the independent Leica branch that manufactures Microscopes.I also would like to thank you and let you know how much I appreciated your kind words regarding the LEICA Barnack Berek Blog. It is endorsements like yours which make the efforts I put into the blog all worthwhile.With best wishes,Heinz Richter