Leica: "We have a partnership with Panasonic, we have a cooperation with Fujifilm, but you have to make a choice with whom you partner up"

Leica VP of photo and technology, Stefan Daniel, holding a Leica SL3
(Image credit: James Artaius)

During my trip to Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany, to test the Leica SL3, I had the opportunity to talk to the company's VP of photo and technology, Stefan Daniel.

We chewed the fat about a variety of topics, including the new camera, but I was particularly keen to ask him about Leica's policy of technology-sharing with companies like Panasonic and Fujifilm.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.