Seems there are a few surprises for Photokina 2012 after all... We kind of all expected the M10 and 28mm Lux. But you're not expecting this!
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"Can't stand the anticipation of what Leica has in store for us at Photokina 2012 - or their own special event "Das Wesentliche" in Cologne the night before? We have it on good authority through a few well-placed source on what to expect. This is a La Vida Leica exclusive! The new products for the M system will include...
Let's start with a new M10 body and a Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. Everyone naturally seems to be expecting the M10 and the Summilux was recently revealed through a firmware update which included the coding for it. The M10 will have a CMOS sensor - and therefore live view with an EVF port. And... Video! While it might be announced at Photokina, it won't be available until April. Another common rumor was a redesigned Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH. Turns out, this will remain a rumor - at least for now. Don't expect to see it at Photokina.
Pretty cool, right? Still want more? There will also be another body announced! The Leica ME!
It was hinted at by DSLR Magazine with more clues offered in interviews of Andreas Kaufmann by BJP and Stefan Daniels by Theme - but we can confirm it. This is NOT a rumor - and it's not what some of you are thinking.
The "ME" name however is subject to change. It is a real Leica, not a clone or a re-badge. It will cost less than the M9 and feature a regular VF (no EVF and not EVIL). In fact, it's more like the M9 than it is different - it's a scaled back M9 (M10?). M mount. So there it is - sorry EVIL fans. We're trying to confirm, but it should have a full frame sensor. Available shortly after Photokina.
Two cameras, two price levels. Same system... M!
Stay tuned for more details..."
New Leica Products at Photokina 2012