“A camel,” as an old adage goes, “is a horse designed by committee” – and the latest release from premium-segment German camera maker Leica-M is most certainly in same camp as thoroughbred equines when it comes to streamlined, understated form-and-function efficiency.
A triumph in the turning of complexity into elegant simplicity, the camera is functionally identical to a standard M-10R (think 40-megapixel colour sensor, active 24 x 36mm active area), but unlike its predecessor will – after years of telling others’ stories – tell its own personal one, its glossy black finish gradually patinate, revealing brass at the corners and edges. The exquisitely shaped dials and removal of the famous red Leica dot also enhance the minimalist effect.
Consider this, the latest offering from a brand which has added to photographers including Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliott Erwitt and Steve McCurry to its list of aficionados over the 100 years since its founding by one Oskar Barnack around a century ago, a potential investment: a black painted analog Leica M2 including Summicron lens and leather case recently fetched €96,000 at the Leitz Photographica Auction.
Available in Leica Stores, the Leica Online Store, and from authorised dealers for £7,500