Leica has been teasing the launch of a new Leica Mini M later this month. Now details and pictures are showing up on the web in advance of the launch, purporting to be the details of the new camera. (I snagged this photo from Engadget.)
Is it real or is it Photoshop? I can’t say. But if it is real, all I can ask is, “what the hell were they thinking?”
I mean, plenty of people who don’t have a Leica M series camera would love to have one – me included – but they’re just financially out of reach for many of us. So a smaller – and presumably cheaper version would have great appeal.
But first off, rather than Leica’s interchangeable lenses, this one has a fixed lens – and a dark one to boot. 28-70mm and F/3.5 – F/6.4. Inside will be a 16 megapixel APS-C size sensor, which does make sense.
Here’s the kicker – the price, rumored to be 2,450 Euros, approximately US$3,150. Three thousand smackers for a lens that will spend most of its time at F/6.4? Who the hell will buy this, aside from Chinese billionaires who buy Leicas by the truckload just to impress their friends? Yes, it’s much cheaper than a Leica M – but apparently it will have little in common with that camera besides the red dot.
Anyway – there’s one thing about this photo that suggests it could be a fake and that’s the focal lengths listed on the lens. No one puts the full frame equivalent on the lens – they put the real numbers and leave you to work out the details on your own. I don’t think even Leica would put out a camera with a fixed lens that has a full frame equivalent of 42 to 100mm. It makes no sense.
Oh, by the way, someone has already reviewed it, even though no one knows for sure what it is. “So if you want a small light, extremely high quality, unobtrusive camera, look no further.”
Another web site asks, “Is this going to be the Mirrorless Leica System That Was Promised?” Am I missing something here? Is the Leica M a DSLR? Does it have a flip-up mirror inside?
In another 10 days, all questions will be answered.