Leica designs special cameras and the Leica M Monochrom (which was built to shoot just black & white imagery) is a really special camera. So, you can imagine the levels of exclusivity and anticipation when Leica launched a special edition of the Leica M Monochrom this week called the ‘Stealth Edition’ – a release that has really got people talking.
The limited edition camera, which comes with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens, has been designed by Marcus Wainwright, founder and owner of the New York fashion label ‘rag & bone’. And, while the general spec of the Leica M Monochrom (complete with the special black & white sensor) remains the same, it’s the styling and design where the Wainwright has really made his mark.
First up is the scratch-resistant, matt paint finish for the camera and lens, which is complemented by the matching leather trim in jet-black, which is made from extremely smooth full-grain cowhide.
But the really cool element of this special edition Leica M is the engravings on both the body and lens which feature special fluorescent paint that glows in the dark. Leica say this feature ‘enables faster setting of the aperture or distance on the lens in low-light situations – a unique feature that brings clear benefits in spontaneous situations. ’
Whatever Leica’s intention, you can’t argue that it makes for a very cool-looking camera and one that’s sure to be exclusive, too. Leica have committed to making just 125 sets of the Stealth Edition Leica M Monochrom and that’s for the whole global market.
Each of the 125 sets will come with a black fabric carrying strap, a metal front cap for the lens and a certificate of authenticity. The Stealth Edition goes on sale on March 20, and although no confirmed pricing information has been released, it is expected to carry a price-tag north of $15,000. You can watch a video about the Stealth Edition Leica M Monochrom here.. digitalrev.com