The Leica X2 – Dressed to Impress

We all aspire to own something in sync with our own personal taste, something unique, something that evokes that question – ‘Where did you get that from?’

Leica has recognized this desire in many of us and has expanded its à la carte program. From vibrant and fashion forward to understated and discreet, Leica offers a selection of styling options for the Leica X2 compact camera.

In addition to black and silver, the X2 is now also available in an exclusive, titanium-colored, anodized finish. The color and texture of the camera’s leather covering can also be selected to further personalize your X2. This includes ten different leather trim options, with a diverse choice of colors. In addition, cameras can be personalised with engraving on the flash cover or the top plate. These options ensure that each Leica X2 à la carte model is absolutely unique.

The camera by the way, features an impressive APS-C format, professional CMOS image sensor with 16.5 megapixels. Combined with a Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, you have not only a stylish, colorful camera, but a high performance image maker.

Come see these unique image makers here at Camera West.

Unique Custom Designed Leica X2s

The Edition Paul Smith X2

Leica has announced two extra-rare editions of the X2 that certainly make a fashion statement. The Edition Paul Smith spices things up with a mix of black, green and orange that reflects the UK fashion designer’s love of stripes and wilder colors. There’s also now an à la carte X2 option to make your X2 uniquely yours. After picking from black, silver or new titanium colors for the main body, you can choose from a set of leather trim colors and get custom engraving.

The Leica X2 A la carte

The Leica X2 Paul Smith Edition and the Leica X2 A la carte are available exclusively through Leica Stores and Boutiques only.

Founder and CEO of Camera West Sean Cranor is in Cologne, Germany bringing you the latest news, updates and photos from Photokina 2012. Watch for these updated daily reports here on the Camera West Blog.

A Hands on Look at Leica’s New Cameras

Yesterday, our good friend and Leica rep Tom Brichta brought a pre-production M Monochrom and the new X2 with finder and grip for us to play with here at Camera West in Walnut Creek. These cameras have yet to be released to the public so it was great to get a hands on preview. Tom also shared with us some images he shot with the Monochrom out at Fort Point in San Francisco where he pushed the ISO to 10,000! See the image below and note how even at that high of an ISO, the highlights do not blow out and the deep shadows retain detail. The Monochrome should be available in mid August and the X2 in just a few short weeks.

Camera West customer Steven Foon tries out the new Monochrom

Hal Kam looks at his images on the new X2

Photo by Tom Brichta shot at ISO 10,000. This is an untouched file other than a reduction/jpeg compression.

Check out a few more images from the Monochrom at ISO 10,000 on Tom’s Flickr site :

Exciting News From Leica

Leica today announced a number of new products, including the Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’, the Leica M Monochrom, the X2, the V-Lux 40, the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2 ASPH lens, the S-Adapter H, and five new central shutter S lenses. 

Following the Leica MP and the Leica M7, this is the third in a line of premium special editions of the M-System to be created in collaboration with the well-known Parisian house Hermès. The Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ is being offered as a strictly limited edition. The limited numbers, unique product design and premium finishing with numerous extras make this a truly special edition in every respect.


The Leica M Monochrom main features :

  • 18MP monochrome CCD sensor
  • 100% sharper imaging due to direct processing of raw data with no image interpolation
  • Low, fine-grain image noise up to ISO 10,000
  • RAW data histogram and parameter clipping warning
  • Top cover and bottom plate in black chrome finish
  • New leatherette body covering
  • Free copy of Silver Efex 2

The Leica X2 main features :

  • Newly developed 16.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Fixed Elmarit 24mm f2.8 ASPH (35mm equivalent on a full frame sensor)
  • A connector for an electronic viewfinder
  • Free copy of Adobe Lightroom 4

The Leica  V-Lux 40 main features :

  • A 14MP CMOS sensor
  • 20X, 24-480mm equivalent zoom range
  • Built in GPS
  • The highest-res screen in the Leica range – a 460k dot 3.0″ LCD
  • Includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 10

The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f2 ASPH lens is a new milestone in the history of optical design that achieves previously unattainable values in all technical performance characteristics. For instance, there is practically no fall-off at the edges – even at full aperture – in the MTF curves for image sharpness. Even the finest details are rendered with more than 50% contrast – a previously unheard of value that confirms the exceptional properties of this lens.


Leica Camera AG presents a new accessory for the Leica S professional camera system: the Leica S-Adapter H. This adapter allows the portfolio of Hasselblad H- system lenses to be mounted onto a Leica S2 camera body with all lens functions, such as autofocus, central shutter control and automatic diaphragm, retained. The smart electronics of the adapter facilitate the complete integration of the lenses into the Leica S-System.


And finally, Leica Camera AG is expanding the product range for the Leica S professional camera system with five new central shutter lenses, available from October 2012. The new models are the Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. and Leica Summarit-S 35 mm f/2.5 ASPH. wide-angle lenses, the Leica Summarit-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH. standard lens, the Leica APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120 mm f/2.5 tele-macro lens and the Leica APO-Tele-Elmar-S 180 mm f/3.5 telephoto lens, all of which will also be available in a CS version with a central shutter. Designed and constructed exclusively by Leica, the central shutter available for all S lenses is not only especially compact and efficient, but also has a guaranteed service life of at least 100,000 shutter cycles, making it extremely reliable.