Today, Leica Camera has launched the first special edition of the M10-P digital rangefinder in the USA: the Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari,' along with a matching (but separately sold) lens: the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari.' The M10-P Edition ‘Safari' is limited to 1,500 pieces worldwide, and the lens to just 500 pieces. This is a break from Leica's past Safari Edition releases, which always included a silver chrome lens as a set. The most recent Leica M-P (Typ 240) Safari Set, for example, included a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH in silver chrome; there was no way to get the camera body on its own. Personally I welcome this change, because Leica is not forcing a lens on someone who might already have that focal length in their kit. With Leica's wide range of silver chrome lenses, there are many options available to suit your particular need.
M10-P Edition ‘Safari'
Painted in the classic Safari color, called “olive green” by Leica, the M10-P Edition ‘Safari' features silver chrome accents, silver rear buttons and a green leatherette body covering. The top plate prominently displays the classic Leica script logo in white paint, as with the standard-production M10-P models.
A minor, but nonetheless interesting change is the “MADE IN GERMANY” engraving on the back of the camera is not painted in a contrasting color, unlike the white lettering on the black M10-P, or black lettering on the silver M10-P. This is a small but appreciated touch which makes the camera just a bit more special. A brown leather carrying strap and SD/credit card wallet are included as well.
Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari'
If you do want to get your hands on a matching lens, the Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari' is the first ever M-system lens painted in Leica's olive green color. Based on the venerable and compact Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens, this is sure to be a future collectible (especially with only 500 pieces being produced). The focal length indicator and feet distance scale are both painted in contrasting red. If you already have a prior Safari edition Leica, this lens would pair perfectly, although I can't imagine it would look too good on anything else! Leica's press release below is a bit vague as to whether the lens barrel is brass or aluminum, but we'll be sure to update this post with the right specification when we have it.
Leica Camera is excited to announce new special editions of the esteemed Leica M10-P camera body and the renowned Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 lens, both being made available and sold separately in ‘Safari' Editions. The eye-catching special finish of olive green ‘Safari' cameras from Leica have a long and storied tradition, dating back to the early years of the M-System.
The Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari' camera body will be limited to 1,500 units worldwide and includes a carrying strap and SD/credit card holder in Brandy-colored leather. Availability will begin immediately. The Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari' lens marks the very first time in Leica's history that a Leica M-Lens will be offered in the legendary olive green enamel finish. Only 500 of these lenses will be made available, beginning in mid-February.
The first Leica cameras with this high-quality enamel finish in olive green were originally designed and constructed for military use in the field. What began in 1960 with the Leica M1 “Olive” manufactured for the German armed forces went on to become a story of legends in the camera world. While the subsequent olive green M3 and M4 cameras were manufactured exclusively for military use, 1977 saw the appearance of the olive green Leica R3 ‘Safari' camera in response to increasing demand from private customers.
This special edition was followed by a series of popular successors: the M6 TTL ‘Safari' in 2000, the M8.2 ‘Safari' in 2008 and, in 2015, the M-P (Typ 240) ‘Safari'.
The Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari' camera and the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari' premium lens, both finished in olive green enamel, represent a perfect symbiosis of functionality, legacy, and design. All visible metallic components of the camera and lens are elaborately machined from solid brass. The premium baked enamel finish in olive green makes the camera and lens resistant to handling blemishes and scratches and provides enduring protection against external influences such as chemicals and UV light.
Pricing and Availability
The Leica M10-P Edition “Safari” is priced at $8,450 and is available immediately. The Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition “Safari” comes in at $2,750 with deliveries expected to begin mid-February. You can order by clicking the relevant link below, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 305-921-4433.
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