(FT 4) UPDATED-> Leica to join the MicroFourThirds world with his lenses!

Two different sources confirmed us that Leica won’t make any MicroFourThirds camera…for now! But “it seems” ;) they made an agreement with Panasonic to develop special MicroFourThirds lenses. Both sources told us this lenses will be very expensive….surprise surprise :)
Do we have some timeline? Yes Q4 2009 or Q1 2010 you will see the first Leica MFT lens
Do we know wich kind of lens Leica will offer us at first? No! But you know we are working on it…

UPDATE: One more (and new) source confirms that Leica will make few (expensive) MFT lenses. (FT3) Timeline: between November 2009 and March 2010 Leica should release the first prime lens.

P.S.: This last update cost me a very good deal in ebay. I received the email from the new source 5 minutes before the end of the ebay bid. I have been so excited that I answered him but not quick enough to go back to ebay and place my offer :(

  • Interesting post, keep up with the great job 4/3 Rumors Team. More interested companies in the high-end digital compact cameras can bring fresh air into this new segment .

  • pinespree

    I hope this true – it would be really great news. I will be first in line for the 25mm summicron if it’s under us$1500.

    Thank you so much for your rumor work – this is a great site.

  • yoshitoshi

    Even though they will definitely still be expensive, this just gives the m4/3 development a major boost. Canon & nikon can’t say they have official Leica lenses. I would love to get a fast, wide lens for the e-p1.

  • Charles

    Now that is good news. I hope it’s true. m4/3s needs some stellar lenses. I don’t mind paying for them, but hopefully they are a bit less then M lenses. Nice small fast primes please!

  • The dpreview forum is not the primary source, it’s my post in the Leica Forum:

    I attended, filmed (and moderated) the session and what Stefan Daniel said was:
    No, we’re not going to make 4/3 cameras as there will always be a cheaper parallel model from Panasonic.

    AFTER THAT asked for lenses he said – “May be in the future” – but without a winking…


    • admin

      Thanks Andreas for your comment!
      The “rumor” is based on our own sources and not from your report. But your comment is a little confirm of our rumor ;)

  • widmerpool

    Can’t see Leica making any nice autofocus primes.

  • radis2

    I didn’t know that Leica is a HE…now I do :D

  • nana

    Do u have any news about new 4/3 lenses from leica? i’m still waiting for them T__T

    • admin


  • exe

    Everyone uses Ebay sniper, no point sitting in front of the monitor at 5am trying to catch a bid when your opponents enjoy sleeping.

    I think Leica lenses will fall into the sub 1000 range for the 25mm 1.4, just like the 4/3 counter part did. After all, it’s made in Japan.

  • Joachim

    Above we read, that Leica is not going to make 4/3 [or m4/3] cameras. But they may offer at the end of 2009 a compact camera like a digital CM with a sensor LARGER than 4/3.

  • Lu

    @admin: sorry for missing this auction!
    some times I forgot about auctions and hated this.

    @exe: but’s it’s a thrilling fun to actually place you bid in the last 10 seconds yourself ;-)

  • Stroncis

    I would be glad to see voigtlander in m43 market too :)

  • Thyl

    Or Carl Zeiss, which would of course effectively be the same thing ;-).

    Autofocus not necessarily required, but I would like to see focal length transmission and automatic aperture setting.

    And (I have no hope here) if Olympus would decide to expand the firmware by a function that would allow input of the aperture setting from the lens, like on the Pansonic LC-1 /Digilux 3, that would be great too.

  • Joachim

    I hope we shall get from Leica not only high-speed objectives, but also an additional pancake 2,8/35 mm (no OIS, no macro).

  • just visiting

    Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds Lens for Panasonic Digital SLR Cameras

    • admin

      That’s a classic four thirds lens!

  • Joachim

    The above “25 mm f/1.4 Micro Four Thirds Lens …” does not exist; Amazon means the classic Four Thirds Lens. Such nonsense is typical for Amazon: they offer also an E-P1 with 17-28 mm but do not mean a ( very interesting) new zoom, but the pancake 17 mm, 1:2,8.

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