Leica renames last-gen cameras, makes them significantly more affordable


posted Monday, September 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM EDT


Fancy a Leica camera, but don't want to buy second-hand, and put off by the new camera pricing? If so, a couple of new Leica models might be of interest. You'll still need deep pockets -- especially if you want a DSLR -- but not quite as deep as was previously the case.

The Leica S-E (Typ 006) DSLR and Leica X-E (Typ 102) fixed-lens compact are the latest two models to appear as more economical -E versions, following in the footsteps of 2012's Leica M-E. Unlike that camera, however, these new models aren't feature-trimmed versions of existing cameras -- they're essentially identical to their predecessors.

The Leica S-E (Typ 006) DSLR.

The Leica S-E (Typ 006) takes the design of the earlier Leica S (Typ 006), and gives it a new name and pricetag. There's also a new finish for the top deck and shutter speed dial, both previously body-matched in black. It's the pricetag that's the really significant change, though, as the new model is a full US$5,050 more affordable than its predecessor, a savings of 23%. Read more about this model in our Leica S-E (Typ 006) preview.

The Leica X-E (Typ 102) fixed-lens compact.

And then there's the Leica X-E (Typ 102), which is even more closely-related to its predecessor. As far as we can see, the spec is again identical to that of the Leica X2, although there's only one color choice -- titanium with silver leatherette. (The X2 was available in a wide selection of customizable color combinations.) This model now comes in at around US$200 cheaper than its earlier incarnation, a 10% savings. Find out more in our Leica X-E (Typ 102) preview.