Farewell 2011 and Thank You for a Great Year!

Dear Leica Readers and Friends,

Thank you for a great year! This will be the last blog post for 2011 and regular publishing will resume on Monday, January 2, 2012. The Leica Internet Team will be on holiday next week, but the wait will be worth it because we have a lot of great content in store for you, including an interview with Leica’s very own Krystian Maj, a Polish photographer and Leica distributor.

The Leica Camera online community continues to grow, surpassing 188,000 Leica photographers and enthusiasts this year across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VimeoFlickr and Foursquare. Together we explored the four corners of the earth with our Leica Explorers and their V-Lux 2 cameras. This year we announced our collaborations with Magnum Photos and Facing Change: Documenting America that will continue to feature more inspiring video essays in 2012. After the devastation that hit Japan in March, we were all deeply moved. Leica Camera customers raised 14,000 Euros matched by the company, so Leica Camera donated a total of 28,000 Euros as part of our “Help Japan!” campaign to benefit the Japanese Red Cross.

In May we rode through Cape Town with Danny MacAskill and fans voted on his bike stunts in our interactive video series before we revealed the Leica V-Lux 30 camera. Together we also discovered the #place2be spots in New York City with a glimpses of the Big Apple captured with the D-Lux 5 camera. In June the M9-P and the Leica Super-Elmar-M 1: 3.4/21 mm ASPH lens were revealed in Paris. October saw the launch of the limited edition D-Lux 5 Titanium and December saw the debut of the V-Lux 3 camera and the “Leica. My Life” series.

Leica Camera’s fantastic customers will continue to be a focal point for the company as we continuously strive to deliver the best products. This year customers were instrumental in product development for the M8 and M9 firmware update in June and helping overcome the SDHC card compatibility issue with the M9. We are constantly inspired and humbled by our customers’ support and want to thank you, especially the dedicated readers of this blog.

This blog would not be possible without the many talented photographers who offered their time, stories and photographs. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the blog this year: Adam Marelli, Adrian Storey, Alessio Pizzicannella, Alex Coghe, Alex Dani, Alex Majoli, Alvis Upitis, Alvise Zambon, Aminah Yusuf, Andrew Parsons, Andy Siddens, Annie Atkins, Antonella Monzoni, Arthur Meyerson, Baudouin Mouanda, Bellamy Hunt, Boulbar, Bruce Gilden, Carl Merkin, Caroline True, Charlie Kirk, Chris Anderson, Christopher Butler, Claire Atkinson, Claire Yaffa, Daisuke Takahashi, Damaso Reyes, Damien Basile, Dan Boulton, Danny MacAskill, Darren Soh, David de Rothschild, David English, David G. Spielman, David Kim, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Dina Gold, Dominic Nahr, Edmond Terakopian, Elias Plagianos, Eric Kim, Gael Turine, Gary Copeland, Gigi Stoll, GrEGORy Simpson, Guido Steenkamp, Hisashi Murayama, Hubert Hayaud, Iddo Genuth, ioulex (Julia Koteliansky and Alexander Kerr), Iouri Podladtchikov, Jan Grarup, Jeffry Plomley, Jens Frank, Jing Huang, John Amedick, John Bamber, John Lou Miles, John Ricard, John Sypal, John Wright, Jonathan Mannion, Josh White, Julia Kaganskiy, Junku Nishimura, Justin Guariglia, Kai Wiesinger, Kaushal Parikh, Kevin Boyles, Kevin WY Lee, Knut Skjærven, Kokyat Choong, Kristen McGinnis, Kyle Cassidy, Lara Platman, Lara Rossignol, Larry Busacca, Larry Godfrey, Lena Nußbaum, Makka Kesuma (id.L Member), Marian Nur Goni, Markus Hartel, Marcus Werner, Matt Borkowski, Matthew Grey, Max Malatesta, MayLee Weernink, Mayra Roffe Gutman, Misha Erwitt, Nasser Kalaji, Nic Rad, Nicolas Hermann, Otto Schulze, Paal Audestad, Paul S. Bartholomew, Paul Szynol, Peer Kugler, Peter Hoffman, Peter Earl McCollough, Phil Hill, Philip Bruederle, Pierrot Men, Piotr Wyszynski, Quinton Gordon, Radhika Gupta, Ralph Gibson, Rania Matar, Ray Scott, Raymond Phang, René Staud, Robert Callway, Roger Coulam, Romain Alary, Roy Samaha, Saulius Damulevicius, Sebastian Beck, Sebastian Wolf, Severin Koller, Stefan Daniel, Steffen Diemer, Steffen Pausch, Steve McCurry, Steve Unsworth, Tan Tien Yun, Taylor Davidson, Ted Grant, Thomas Hoepker, Thomas Schweigert, Thomas Struth, Tina Wiesner, Todd Courtney, Todd Korol, Varun Sharma, Victor Lazaro, William Palank, William Yan and Wolfgang Wesener (Wowe).

Happy holidays and see in you 2012!

-Leica Internet Team (JJ, Barbara, René, Helen, Biana and Jason)


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10 comments

  • 2011 has been an unforgettable year for me. Thank you for being a part of it by featuring my work on your blog. It’s been great to meet new faces offline through Leica Camera AG, and to those I’m still to meet, there’s always 2012!

    Happy holidays and merry Christmas to those who do celebrate!

  • Great blog, Leica Team! Look fwd to an even better 2012. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

  • I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. I think your internet team has done an amazing job at creating a compelling space, both visually and by written word. I very much look forward to the new images, posts and videos. Keep up the great work. As I journey around the world by human power, I look forward to capturing more images in 2012 with Leica gear.

    Warmly,

    Glenn

  • Yes, 2011 a great year! With the new x1 on the side of my m7 ! A good combination! And I would like to thank all the Team who made this interesting place, sure that in 2012 it will be even more interesting and exciting! Grazie 🙂
    robert

  • Hey…! Well, thank YOU, for making the best cameras in the world. The new year will hopefully bring me an upgrade from my M8 to an M9-P. Have a great 2012!

  • Great blog, great year. Thank you!

    In the new year, please consider removing any moving advertisement (such as jumping bikes) from the right hand side of your blog. This is not Leica.

    Best,

    Matt

  • Further to what Matt has suggested above, although I’m not too concerned about the jumping bike as some Leica cameras can record video, so maybe Matt needs to revisit his perspective on Leica.

    What concerns me is the adverts in the LFI iPhone app. I don’t recall if the app is free or premium, but regardless, it completely destroys the experience of viewing the featured Leica photos on the iPhone. It makes Leica look amateurish (I.E. we aren’t even sure how to present images professionally), greedy, and shows a complete lack of regard for the viewer.

    There is no point releasing a free app if the only way to balance the books is to splash animated banner adverts across the image display.

    I will happily purchase an advert-free version of the app.
    Sorry for the negativity, but this is the worst thing I’ve seen from Leica in my short experience of the company.

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