Saturday, August 26, 2017


V-Lux_Explorer_Kit_without_Box - RDF

It’s amazing what we don’t notice if we are without internet access for just a relatively short time.  As I mentioned on August 9, I am traveling for five weeks without regular access to the internet and thus this blog.  Today offered a welcome break and I have become aware of several things worth mentioning.   I have no idea if this is still news, but I feel it is definitely worth mentioning.

First is a report from David Farkas of Leica Store Miami, headlined …


Today, Leica has introduced the V-Lux (Typ 114) Explorer Kit. The new bundle includes a stock V-Lux (Typ 114), a black nylon ‘ONA for Leica’ Bowery camera bag and a LeicaRope Strap by COOPH in red. Earlier this year, Leica launched a similar Explorer Set for the D-Lux (Typ 109), although it didn’t include a camera bag.
While conventional wisdom says that limited edition Leica sets should cost more than a stock model, the opposite is true in this case. Some quick back-of-the-napkin math shows that at $1,350, the price of the Explorer kit actually represents a net savings of about $100 over purchasing the components separately. The camera also comes in a snazzy box.

V-Lux_Explorer_Kit_Box_Solo - RDF

Quantities of the V-Lux(Typ 114) Explorer Kit are limited to 1,500 sets worldwide. If you are interested in picking one up, head on over to Leica Store Miami, or give them a call at 305-921-4433.

Press Release

Leica Camera proudly presents the Leica V-Lux Explorer Kit which consists of a Leica V-Lux (Typ 114), a Bowery for Leica, Nylon, black system bag from the exclusive ‘ONA for Leica’ bag collection and a Leica Rope Strap designed by COOPH in red. There are only 1,500 Leica V-Lux Explorer Kits available worldwide to all Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers.

The Leica V-Lux series is ideal for all photographic situations – from wide-angle, standard, and telephoto photography to macro close-ups down to a distance of only 3 cm. The camera’s performance profile is complemented by a high-definition, 4K-resolution, digital video recording function that captures true-to-life memories in moving pictures. The ‘Bowery for Leica, Nylon, black’ system bag is distinguished by its style and functionality while the elegant strap features elements in Italian leather.

The technical features of the Leica V-Lux in the Explorer Kit is identical to the Leica V-Lux (Typ 114). The Leica V-Lux Explorer Kit is available immediately.

Probably more important is the news that Leica Camera AG named a new CEO to replace Oliver Kaltner who is leaving the company effective August 31.

The Leica Press Release reads as follows:

Wetzlar, 24. August 2017. The Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG has appointed Mr
Matthias Harsch (52) as the Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, as of 1

September 2017. He will be succeeding Oliver Kaltner, who will be leaving the company as of 31 August 2017. Matthias Harsch has been the Leica Board Member responsible for Sales, Retail and Marketing & Corporate Communications since April 2017. He previously led a successful turnaround as the CEO of LOEWE AG and spent many years at the helm of the Bizerba Group as a director. Before joining Leica, Matthias Harsch was a partner at Candidus Management Consulting.

We wish Mr. Harsch all the best with the hope that Leica's success will continue under his leadership.

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