A lot of Leica users prefer their M series rangefinder cameras to look as low-key as possible – you can buy a version that even deletes the famous ‘red dot’ badge. So how about an M camera’s that’s actually all coloured red?
If you’re not afraid to stand out in a crown, the limited edition Leica M (Typ 262) with a red anodised finish could be for you. It’s designed to match the red Summicron-M 50mm f2.0 ASPH Leica released in 2016 (also a limited edition) and you have to say it’s a pretty striking combination. Of course, coloured cameras have been around for a while, but a red Leica M is possibly something you thought you’d never see. The camera’s top and baseplate are machined from solid aluminium – rather than the traditional brass – and then given the dramatic red anodised finish. Under the skin, there’s the standard Typ 262 M with a 24 megapixels full-35mm size CMOS sensor and Leica’s ‘Maestro’ image processor. The rest of the camera is, of course, classical rangefinder with an optical viewfinder, manual focusing, centre-weighted average metering and the choice of aperture-priority auto or manual exposure control. No video recording and no live view which is just the way traditionalists like it.
If you fancy a red Leica M you’d better move quickly because the company is only building 100 examples for the entire global market. Given this exclusivity, the $10,000 price tag (body only) looks like a bit of a bargain. It’s available exclusively from the Leica Store in Sydney’s QVB centre. Visit www.leica-store.com.au