Leica has announced a new version of their Monochrom (Type 246) camera. Perhaps inspired by a famous Rollingstones’ song, this limited edition camera is painted almost entirely in black. The only white details are the markings, and they glow green in the dark. The overall look of the camera is absolutely beautiful, but there’s only one flaw: it costs $15,750, twice as much as the “regular” Leica M Monochrom.
The “Stealth Edition” Leica M Monochrom has the same features as the regular model. These include 24MP full-frame B&W CMOS sensor, lack of color array or low pass filter and the same processor. You can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24/25 fps, and ISO ranges from 320 to 25000. The body is made of magnesium alloy, and the grip is replaced with smoother leather.
To be fair, there’s something else included in the $15,750 price. Leica M Monochrom costs $7,550, body only. The latest limited edition model costs twice as much, but it includes a $3,200 Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens. Of course, it’s also entirely black, with glow-in-the-dark markings. It sums up to $10,750 for the camera body and the lens, plus another $5,000 for… being limited edition. There will be only 125 “Stealth Edition” Leica M Monochrome cameras available.
So, if you are a passionate collector of Leica’s limited edition cameras, or have $15,750 to spare, “Stealth Edition” Leica M Monochrom will become available on 20 March 2018.