Schedule of Events for 2018 Annual Meeting – Wetzlar, Germany

May 11, 2018  By Richard Rejino

Please note: the schedule is subject to change

Wednesday Oct 3, 2018

Arrival and Registration; registration will be at the arcona.  Shuttle buses will be running.

Informal evening gathering (arcona lobby)

Dinner on your own

Thursday, October 4, 2018

(all meeting locations are Leica AG unless otherwise noted)

8:30-9:00  “Leica on Loan.” There will be a significant amount of equipment available for trying out [details TBD]
Sensor cleaning drop off. (no cost)(limited to 50 per day)(repair form required) [details TBD]
9:00-9:30  Opening session: Introduction and Welcome
9:30-11:15  Tour of Leica Factory and Meet and Greet
11:30-12:45  Meet with Leica Executives: Invited: Stefan Daniel, Markus Limberger, Product Managers, others. This will include Q and A’s
12:45-1:15  Dr. Guenter Kisselbach (LHSA member in Wetzlar) will discuss photo opportunities in Wetzlar and area
1:30-2:30  Lunch at Leica AG Café (included)
3:00-5:30  LHSA Board of Directors Meeting
3:30-5:30  Walking Tour of Wetzlar (1) with local guide (depart from Michel Hotel – included) After the tour, you may also want to visit Lars Netopil Classic Cameras in downtown Wetzlar.
6:00-7:30  Reception for all (arcona)(included)
Informal Dinners on your own

Friday, October 5, 2018

8:30-9:00  Leica on Loan [details TBD]
Sensor cleaning (limited to 50 per day) [details TBD]
9:00-9:50  “Hidden Features of Lightroom and Photoshop” LHSA member Bill Royce
10:00-10:50 “Bridging Tradition and Innovation:” Peter Karbe, Head of Optical Development, Leica AG: 
11:00-12:00  “Reflections of a Leica Beta Tester” – Jono Slack
12:00-12:50  Keynote Address: Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica AG
Lunch on Your Own
3:00-5:00  Walking Tour of Wetzlar (depart from Michel Hotel – included). After the tour, you may also want to visit Lars Netopil Classic Cameras in downtown Wetzlar.
5:00-6:00  Visit Alter Friedhof Cemetery (graves of Leitz family, Oskar Barnack, Max Berek) conducted by LHSA member Doug Richardson (UK) (depart from Michel Hotel)
Informal Dinners on Your Own

Saturday, Oct 6, 2018

8:00-9:00  LHSA General Business Meeting and Election
9:30-3:30  (Optional) Bus tour to Marburg (detail below)
7:00  Banquet Dinner (arcona)(optional $65/pp)(alcoholic beverages available for purchase).LHSA Photographers Fund 2017 winner presentation and announcement of 2018 winner. (Dr. Andreas Kauffman will attend)

Sunday Oct 7, 2018

Morning Departure, or (Optional) All Day Rhine River Cruise (detail below)

Optional Marburg Bus Trip: Saturday Oct 6, 2018 

9:30 Buses depart from Wetzlar
10:15  Arrive Elizabethkirche (St Elizabeth Church)(first gothic in Germany (13th Century) for tour.
11:30-12:00  Walk (0.6 mi) to Lunch
12:00-1:15  Lunch at Bueckingsgarten Restaurant (included except alcoholic beverages)
1:15 -1:30  Short Walk to Landgraffen Palace
1:30 – 3:00  Self-guided tour/photo shoot of Landgraffen Palace and Regional Art History Museum
3:00 – 4:30  Walk to Marburg Central Markt; photo walk (including 16th century Rathaus or Town Hall)
4:30 – 5:30  Buses from Marburg to Wetzlar

Cost: $80 per person (includes lunch (excludes alcoholic beverages)). Lunch limited to 100 attendees; other restaurants are available in Marburg.

Optional Rhine River Cruise: Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

6:45  Buses depart from Wetzlar
8:30  Arrive in Koblenz
9:00-3:15  River Cruise with stops (lunch included) south to Rudesheim
3:15  Buses depart Rudesheim for Wetzlar
5:00  Arrive Wetzlar

Cost: $ 105 per person (includes lunch on the boat (excludes alcoholic beverages)

*Please note that exact Saturday and Sunday tour itineraries are subject to change as we get closer to October.


Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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