Thursday, December 14, 2017

THE LATEST LEICA LIMITED EDITION - LEICA M TYP 262 RED ANODIZED FINISH






Some time ago Leica introduced a special version of the 50mm f/2 Apo Summicron ASPH.  Many Leica owners had asked for it after Leica CEO Andreas Kaufmann had shown this lens as a special addition to his camera.

Since then there has been the question if Leica would offer a red Leica M body with the same red finish.  Well, those wishes have been answered with a special, limited edition of the Leica M Typ 262 with the same red, anodized finish.

TOnly 100 examples will be offered of this limited edition, at a price of $6,995 not including the lens.  You can preorder the camera at your favorite Leica store or go to Leica Camera Miami.

        


The Leica press release reads as follows:

December 14, 2017 – Leica Camera presents a special new addition to the Leica rangefinder system – the Leica M (Typ 262) ‘red anodized finish’. The unique color scheme of this special edition camera takes the classic styling of the Leica M and couples it with the bold statement of a bright red hue. The top plate and baseplate of the Leica M (Typ 262) are machined from solid aluminum and anodized in red. This lends the camera a unique look that perfectly matches the color of the special edition Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. lens released in 2016. The exclusiveness of this striking edition is further underlined by the strictly limited number being made available: As was the case with the lens, the Leica M (Typ 262) ‘red anodized finish’ edition is limited to just 100 cameras worldwide, each with a unique serial number.

The technical specifications of the special edition camera are identical to those of the standard production Leica M (Typ 262). With its concentration on the functions essential for photography and intuitive handling, it is the perfect camera for experiencing the pure enjoyment of Leica M-Photography. The Leica M (Typ 262) embodies all the essential advantages of the Leica rangefinder system, while consciously eschewing extraneous features that can distract from the pure rangefinder experience. Its full-frame CMOS sensor is conceived exclusively for rangefinder photography and intentionally does without additional functions such as Live View and video recording. Its 24-megapixel resolution ensures exceptional imaging quality and extreme sensitivity to light, which also makes the Leica M (Typ 262) a perfect camera for photography in any available light situation. Supporting the sensor’s versatility to capture top-quality photographs in any situation, the camera’s Maestro processor guarantees fast processing of captured images and immediate readiness to shoot.

The handling of the Leica M (Typ 262) fulfills everything that discerning photographers expect from a Leica M. All controls and functions are logically and ergonomically located exactly where the photographer expects them to be. Just like every other M, it allows fast manual focusing with the coupled rangefinder and the focusing ring of the lens. It also offers a choice of manual or automatic aperture priority exposure. Due to the omission of Live-View and video capability, the menu is extremely lean and consists of only two pages. This ensures that all camera settings are easily and rapidly accessible at all times. This also applies to white balance, where the M (Typ 262) has a dedicated WB button on the back of the camera.


The Leica M (Typ 262) ‘red anodized finish’ will be available exclusively at Leica Stores and Boutiques beginning today, for the price of $6,995.00.


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THE MOST VALUABLE CAMERA IN HISTORY





A picture is worth a thousand words.  How often have we heard that old saying?  But does that make a camera worth over 2 million dollars?  Apparently it does, at least as far as the favorite camera of LIFE magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan goes.  He is best known for his war photographs and the intimate images of his friend Pablo Picasso.

The WestLicht gallery of Vienna, Austria a while ago auctioned off a Leica M3D which used to belong to David Douglas Duncan.  It sold for $2.19 million which is a record for a commercially produced camera.

 
Leica M3D with attached Leicavit

Suzy Banks, a writer at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which has Duncan's archive, explained:

By the time Duncan began photographing the war in Vietnam, he was shooting with Leica M3Ds (D for Duncan), which the company manufactured and designed especially for him, limiting production to four. The battle-hardened camera, curiously enough, also proved ideally suited for one of Duncan's subsequent and more intimate topics: Pablo Picasso and his family. With its soft-click shutter, this camera helped the photographer document the artist's private moments as unobtrusively as possible.

Here are some of Duncan's more iconic images from Vietnam...

 

 

 

...and of Picasso:

 

 

 

While the claim of this being the most valuable commercially produced camera in history is correct, the highest price ever paid for any camera is also for a Leica.  That title goes to one of the original pre-production Leicas, the so-called 0-Serie, which was sold for $2.79 million, also by WestLicht.

 
Leica O-Series Camera


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