Leica announces the Leica M Edition 60 to honor sixty years of M rangefinders
|Leica M Edition 60|
It’s hard to believe, but Leica’s line of M rangefinders, which started with the M3 in 1954, has been around for 60 years. In celebration, Leica has announced the commemorative Leica M Edition 60 and matching Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. Unlike other M digital models, the M Edition 60 lacks one significant feature: an LCD screen.
With the M Edition 60, Leica has created a camera that encourages users to focus on photographic fundamentals instead of technical features. As such, the LCD screen on the back of the camera has been replaced by a giant ISO dial, giving the camera a very classic look.
If you want to wrap your hands around one of these stainless steel and leather bodies, take note — Leica only plans to make 600 of them worldwide.
The Essence of Photography: The Leica M Edition 60
New York, New York (September 16th, 2014) Honoring the 60th anniversary of the legendary Leica M rangefinder system at Photokina 2014, Leica Camera presents The Leica M Edition 60. Beginning in 1954 with the Leica M3, the M rangefinder system distinguished itself with mechanical and optical precision and a focus on the essential needs of photographers. Six decades of continued perfection combined with the latest technological innovations are distilled into the current Leica M cameras.
Leica Camera presents this commemorative limited edition set containing The Leica M Edition 60 and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens.
Both have been made in collaboration with Audi Design, paying homage to the essence of photography.
The Leica M Edition 60 is the first digital camera to concentrate exclusively on the purest functionality required for photography – shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity. The camera display has been replaced with an ISO selector dial. Exposures are saved as raw data in DNG format to ensure the highest quality files. Working with the Leica M Edition 60 demands the same care and attention as working with an analog model - only with the sensor and electronics of contemporary camera technology. Instead of the constant distraction of technical features and the checking of menu settings and controls, users enjoy the freedom to concentrate completely on their subject.
In addition to the unique features of the Leica M Edition 60, stainless steel has been employed for the visible metallic elements of the camera and lens. Resistant and durable in equal measure, this material lends the product a refined character. The premium look is further complemented by special anthracite leather trim applied to the camera body.
Strictly limited to 600 units worldwide, the camera and lens of the Leica M Edition 60 feature unique matching numbers between 001/600 and 600/600. The cameras also bear the engravings ‘Leica 60’ and ‘Leica Camera Wetzlar’. The special edition includes a camera protector, also created by Audi Design.
The Leica M Edition 60 will be available from Leica Stores and Boutiques starting October 2014.
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