This is the Leica M-D Typ 262 camera

Leica M-D Typ 262 camera
I have been reporting about the new Leica M-D Typ 262 camera for a while now. Here are the first pictures of the camera courtesy of www.rangefinder.com.hk.

Here is what to expect from the Leica M-D Typ 262 camera:

  • The size and shape of the M-D will be the same as the M Typ 240/262.
  • The lack of a LCD screen makes it feel smaller in the hand but is physically the same size.
  • The top and bottom plates are rumored to be made from brass.
  • The official announcement is rumored for the beginning of May.
  • EU retail price: 5,940 Euros (around $6,700) - basically more expensive than the M Typ 262 model (currently priced at $5,195) even though the M-D will not have a LCD screen.
  • Same sensor as the M 262 model.
  • Strap lugs (the M 60 did not have it)
  • Thumb dial

Stay tuned for more information.

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  • why would the ISO dial be silver?

    • leica man

      Because silver on black is boss.

    • It’s like that on the M-A, too.

      • Oh, I thought all black film Leicas had black dials. The silver bothered me immediately.

        • Mk 1 Eyeball

          I’m with you on that. ISO dial should be black on black Leica. Stands out too much. Looks great on silver chrome though.

    • Ric Ricard

      Yeah, that is really ugly, and way too large.

  • Poki

    Wait, no exposure compensation button? Why not? The rangefinder should still be able to display the exposure compensation value, right? Apart from that, looks great! I guess my next Leica might be one without a screen, although probably the next generation one.

    • Exposure comp. wheel is at the upper right. I don’t like the exposure compensation wheel integrated on the back of my M7. I never use it and just shoot manual when it’s needed.

      • Poki

        On the 240, you had to press the button on the front at the same time as turning the wheel on the back in order to change exposure compensation. Seems like this way it’s the wheel only, which enhances the chance to change it by accident. I guess this won’t be a huge problem, but I still prefer the way this is handled on the 240.

        • CHD

          On the M240 it was changed with a FW update so you could change EC by just using the back thumb wheel without pressing the button. This is preferable for me as I use EC all the time (Aperture Priority).

  • A chimpless digital! Perfecto! Only Leica has the kahunas to make this happen. Now if they’d release the next one with the B&W sensor!

    • I agree, like it or not – Leica is trying something different. I happened to like this idea and yes, it will be expensive like everything else coming from Leica.

      • MdB

        Not really trying something different oconsiderign they’ve already tried it before, testing the waters with a limited edition first. But yes, it’s good.

  • an iPhone app would work perfect with the M-D in case you want to check your pictures, hopefully they will add Wi-Fi to this model

    • Poki

      I actually prefer it if there’s no way of checking pictures. I wouldn’t use it anyway, and it would one and for all get rid of the question “Could you show me the picture [on the back of the camera]?”. The only downsides seem that you loose the ability to set a custom white balance based on a grey card and the ability to format SD cards within the camera.

      • Was there a way to format the memory card in the M60?

        • John Görten

          No

      • I just checked the M60 manual and could not find any memory card formatting options: https://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/Leica-M-Edition-60/Downloads

        • Poki

          Yeah, I thought so. This indeed is a little annoying. But I guess you just have to make sure to always use the “import & delete” option in your RAW converter of choice, than this shouldn’t be a problem. Checking battery status should be possible through the finder I guess.

          • Yes, with few minor improvements (wi-fi, formatting, improved display that shows some basic info) this is not a bad idea.

          • MJr

            Lightroom actually removed that option. Only reason i can think of is because they don’t trust their own software, so they force the safe option on us.

        • Simon

          Never gone close to filling up a 64 GB card. You can get 128 GB or more now anyway. Normally want to unload the pictures ASAP. Plus it lets me play with the bottom of the camera when doing so. Yay.

          If this isn’t enough. unload to laptop when on the go then keep shooting. Assuming that is it lets you know when the card is full!!!

      • Walter Strong

        You don’t need the display to set custom wb. Could all be done inside the viewfinder, no?

        • Poki

          I’m not sure how much information Leica can display in the rangefinder. It’s all mirrored in after all. If the engineers at Leica find a way to mirror in pretty much any kind of information they want to then sure, it could be done without a screen. You’d still need a button to switch between Auto WB to custom WB though, and the M-D doesn’t seem to have any buttons at all.

        • fl

          Why even set WB? Do it later; raw.

          • Simon

            Agreed. With a white card no reason accurate WB can’t be achieved in post. Never understood the need for on-camera WB. Never used it. It’s basically a relic of cheap ‘n’ nasty point n shoots!

      • ck_dexter_haven

        I only shoot with film, and people still ask “could you show me the picture [on the back of the camera]?”

        Not having the LCD just means you’re going to have to explain why there’s no LCD on the back of a digital camera….

    • It actually works pretty good, on the Q.

      • yes, and your phone has a bigger screen than your camera

  • Ric Ricard

    I wonder if it has the 1Gig buffer like the M240 and M262. It’s really a shame the M262 didn’t get the 2Gig buffer of the M-P. I hit the buffer all the time on the M240 (even though it is a better buffer than the M9). Would be a shame to hit the buffer on this new model knowing Leica has made the SL and the Q with, relatively speaking, endless buffers.

  • Justtakethepicture

    I’m seeing any more information than has already been posted? The pictures are clearly not of the actual camera either. I quick look for the strap lugs in the second picture shows that.

  • Justtakethepicture

    I’m not seeing any more information than has already been posted. They are not pictures of the actual camera either. A quick look for the strap lugs in the second picture tells you that.

    I’d still take the standard 262 over this, and I’m not buying the “removing the display makes it feel smaller” line either. I like the concept, but there are too many limitations (already covered by others) once you remove the display on a digital camera. However, if they add wifi that at least may help.

  • Hogarth Ferguson

    But why more than the regular m262, this would be awesome just a Lil cheaper than the screen model.

    • FountainHead

      Because, Leica.

    • wen rui

      It’s a niche product within an already niche product. Not very difficult to understand.

      • Hogarth Ferguson

        When you put it that way, I now feel like an idiot for not seeing that. Thanks.

  • etr_brony

    really interested in this camera but the rumoured price is a bit high for me. i was hoping this would be the cheapest M mount.
    well done to Leica, i love how the company is trying new things (I’m also still surprised more companies are not build mono cameras)

  • TO-DOUG

    Admin, I think there has been a mistake. This should have been posted 25 days ago. It reminds me of an April 1 post a few years back by Ken R. about a special Nikon “pro” camera that lacked a tripod socket! This seems just as bizarre. How can the lack of a rear LCD screen be posed as a feature? If you don’t want to look at an LCD, no one is forcing you. How in the world would you replace all the settings in the menu?

    • I received tips from multiple sources about this camera, I think it is real and it makes sense – Leica already had such a camera in limited edition, now they just have to mass produce it.

      • TO-DOUG

        It only makes sense if there are people who will actually buy it. Lack of an LCD is only a disguise; it makes the camera appear to be a film camera, when it is not. Even the ISO dial has a retro look, like an old Leica. (I learned on a IIIf). An LDC isn’t just for ‘chimping’. Even pros want to check every now and then that they are actually recording what they want, that they haven’t left a setting in place by accident. However, if looking retro is more important, then sure, there will be posers who would prefer this throwback.

  • OK I’m in…I am about to place my order with my store here in London and there’s already folk in front of me in the line!!!!!

    • TO-DOUG

      Don’t you mean in the queue?

      • Who do you think I am Barack Obama…..? Your right “Queue” it is…Oh there is still people in front of me….

  • Refurb7

    What a bad idea. It removes one of the best things about digital photography. And you pay more for that. It’s like a pretend film camera.

    • wen rui

      I’d love to hear your thoughts on the use of digital backs.

  • Benoit Delaveau

    Beautiful and so elegant way to reply to the problem “we don’t know how to get a Retina style display… let’s skip it” – That would be OK if (1) We had an option to look at the pictures from our phones with a WiFi connection (BTW all $500 mirorless on the market are offering this functionalities, including some Leica products), (2) if the body could save Jpeg + Raw at a “normal” pace. Jpeg to be transfered via WiFi to the web, social media… Raw to be post processed later. My guess is none of this has been implemented on the M platform yet and we will have to wait for the next generation… Leica is NOT moving the M platform fast enough, the pro. are abandoning it a their favorite production tool. My M is in its bag (with its fabulous lens including the APO 50mm f/2), I’m using 4/3 products from Panasonic for all my pro. assignments and the results are there – outstanding!

  • Benoit Delaveau

    Beautiful and so elegant way to reply to the problem “we don’t know how to get a Retina style display… let’s skip it” – That would be OK if (1) We had an option to look at the pictures from our phones with a WiFi connection (BTW all $500 mirorless on the market are offering this functionalities, including some Leica products), (2) if the body could save Jpeg + Raw at a “normal” pace. Jpeg to be transfered via WiFi to the web, social media… Raw to be post processed later. My guess is none of this has been implemented on the M platform yet and we will have to wait for the next generation… Leica is NOT moving the M platform fast enough, the pro. are abandoning it a their favorite production tool. My M is in its bag, I’m using 4/3 products from Panasonic for all my pro. assignments.

  • LuchoNqn

    Does it have a Setting Dial on the right? What is this for a camera without display?

  • LuchoNqn

    A Setting Dial on the right? Why is this in a camera without display?

  • fl

    Shut up and take my money already

  • waterengineer

    I have a roll of black duct tape I want to sell you for $1,500US.

  • I’m waiting for a camera without the shutter button…and it must cost at least $10,000!
    If I don’t want a display I’d rather just shot film and spend less, way less.

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