New Leica M-P Typ 240 Safari kit with Summicron 35mm f/2 lens announced

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This just in: Leica Camera announced a new M-P Typ 240 Safari camera that comes with a silver Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH lens. The price of the kit is $9,990 and is currently available for pre-order at B&H, PopFlash and Leica Store MiamiLeica Store San Francisco and RedDotCameras (UK). The new Safari edition offers over $1,000 in savings compared to purchasing the M-P and lens separately (M-P costs $8k and the Summciron costs $3k). Shipping should start in late February or early March. The European price is €9,900 (€500 in savings over buying separately).

Update: this M-P Safari kit will actually be a limited edition model - only 1,500 units will be produced. The kit will also include a leather strap and a SD memory card holder. This is the first time we see a limited edition Leica camera that actually offers a savings over the regular model (the M-P was not part of the recent Leica rebates).

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Here is the product description and few additional photos:

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Leica Camera presents the Leica M-P Set ‘SAFARI’. This set comprises of the Leica M-P (Typ 240) Safari edition, Leica Summicron-M 35mm/f2 ASPH with round metal lens hood, a full grain cowhide carrying strap and matching SD & business card holder.

Leica’s safari/olive edition cameras date back to 1960 with the Leica M1 ‘Olive‘. Made initially for the military, the safari/olive cameras’ unique color stands out. Over the years, a handful of safari/olive editions were produced. Many of these limited edition cameras are highly prized collectibles.

The Leica M-P Set ‘SAFARI’ has an olive lacquered top cover, leatherette and bottom plate. The shutter speed dial, the On/Off switch, the release button, the hot shoe and some other details have a silver finish. The engraving on the top cover is reminiscent of the first safari camera in 1960 and has the classic Leica logo inscribed on one line and the wording ‘WETZLAR GERMANY’ on the second line. The 35mm/f2 ASPH has a silver chrome finish with a matching classic round metal lens hood. This set comes in a new packaging including a presentation box.

The Leica M-P Set ‘SAFARI’ will be available at Leica Stores, Leica Boutiques and Leica Dealers. There are 1500 sets
available worldwide. The technical data of the camera and lens are identical to the serial versions.

Last year Leica announced special Leica MP and X2 limited edition cameras in olive green for the opening of the Kyoto store.

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