Leica announces M9, X1

After a long line of rumors Leica today announced the M9 digital rangefinder camera along with the ‘beginners’ X1. An artful Leica M9 brochure was leaked.

DPReview has a preview of the M9, a brief preview of the X1 and a tour of the Leica Solms Factory. Luminous Landscape also has an article on the X1.

Gizmodo has a well-written article on the event and the phenomenon that is Leica. A quote about the press event:

“I’ll say—I’ve never gotten so many looks of pity for carrying a Sony DSLR as I did at the press event today. No one looked down on me; they just looked … sad.”

The announcement was – for some reason – done as a webcast:

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