Leica’s cameras are well-known for their iconic design, stellar image quality, and, shall we say, “premium” pricing. But for wealthy camera connoisseurs looking for some extra style, Leica from time to time releases limited editions of its products, including an annual titanium version of a camera out of its lineup that the company has released for the last five years.
the solid titanium body reduces the weight of the camera by around three ounces
This year’s titanium offering is the Leica M-P, the upgraded version of the Leica M camera with 2GB of buffer memory, a sapphire crystal LCD cover, and a 24MP full frame CMOS sensor. The M-P Titanium shares the same hardware as the standard M-P, aside from the solid titanium construction that Leica claims reduces the weight of the camera by around three ounces (as well as giving the camera a rather nice-looking two-tone color scheme).
Only 333 Leica M-P Titaniums sets will be sold, with each kit including a Leica Summicron-M 28mm and Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm lenses that have been customized with a titanium-anodized finish to match the camera. The camera goes on sale in October 2016, and while pricing has yet to be announced, given that a standard Leica M-P starts at around $6,995 (without even factoring in lenses), its probably safe to assume that the old adage of “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it,” applies.