ITAL­IAN STYLE FOR LEICA M10 LIM­ITED EDI­TION

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TO CEL­E­BRATE THE com­ple­tion of its am­bi­tious Leitz Park com­plex in Ger­many (see our fea­ture, p18), Leica has in­tro­duced a lim­ited edi­tion ver­sion of its M10 dig­i­tal rangefinder cam­era, styled by Za­gato.

If you have a spare $31,300 ly­ing around, you could be one of the 250 own­ers of the M10 Edi­tion Za­gato which has been cre­ated by the fa­mous Ital­ian au­to­mo­tive styling house.

Founded in Milan in 1919, Za­gato has cre­ated coach-built bod­ies for Alfa Romeo, Lan­cia, Maserati, Fer­rari, Lam­borgh­ini, Fiat, As­ton Martin, Bent­ley and BMW. To­day the company is run by the founder’s grand­son, Dr Andrea Za­gato, who has cre­ated the spe­cial Leica M10 us­ing the company’s favourite ma­te­rial – alu­minium. The M10 Edi­tion Za­gato has alu­minium top and bot­tom plates, an alu­minium bodyshell and alu­minium ex­ter­nal con­trols. This all adds up to a weight sav­ing of 70 grams over the stan­dard pro­duc­tion M10. In­stead of tra­di­tional leather in­serts, the body’s grip sur­faces fea­ture very fine grooves made in the alu­minium which cre­ate quite a dis­tinc­tive look. Also dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard cam­era is the pro­vi­sion of an in­te­grated hand­grip.

The body is matched with a spe­cial ver­sion of the Leica Sum­milux-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH prime lens which has an in­te­grated metal hood and a re­designed fo­cus­ing knob which is shaped to echo the dis­tinc­tive Za­gato ‘dou­ble bub­ble’ roofline, a fea­ture of many of its au­to­mo­tive cre­ations. Ad­di­tion­ally, the lens has the ‘Za­gato’ logo marked around its front ring.

On the in­side, the lim­ited edi­tion cam­era is the same as the se­rial pro­duc­tion model, in­clud­ing a 24 megapix­els full-35mm CMOS sen­sor, con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at up to 5.0 fps and built-in WiFi.

Aus­tralian avail­abil­ity of the M10 Za­gato Edi­tion is via the Leica Store in Syd­ney’s QVB cen­tre. Visit www.leica-store.com.au

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