Le­ica Sees Red With Lim­ited Edi­tion M262

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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 that’s ac­tu­ally all coloured red?

If you’re not afraid to stand out in a crowd, 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, how­ever, 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

Only 100 red-an­odised Le­ica Ms will be pro­duced for the whole global mar­ket.

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