Leica introduces Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition

Leica announced a new Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition camera that comes with a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. The US price is $14,950 and you can pre-order one at:

Additional information after the break:

Special edition Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs
Legendary rangefinder technology meets creative design

In collaboration with artist and Leica photographer Rolf Sachs, Leica has unveiled a new special edition within its M-series camera portfolio: the Leica M-P (Typ 240) “grip” by Rolf Sachs.

This exclusive set comprises a Leica M-P camera body, together with a classic, fast Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, and unites the company’s legendary rangefinder technology with an exceptionally creative product design. With its unusual finish and striking choice of colour, combined with Leica’s classic camera styling, this unique set is destined to become a true collector’s item. The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition will be strictly limited to just 79 sets globally.

“For many photographers over many years, the Leica M has been a passionate love affair! Its functionality and iconic design attracts me as an artist and an avid user. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to ‘undress’ the camera and create a new look – surprising, as well as functional. Applying a material that has never been used before as an easy-to-grip camera surface created a striking aesthetic, and a unique tactility,” says Rolf Sachs.

With the Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs, the artist chose to modify several features of the Leica M-P rangefinder in black paint finish, delivering the unique style he envisaged for the camera. For the main body finish, Sachs selected a material that is most frequently used in the production of table tennis bats. Applied to the camera body, the raised red nubs of this rubber trim lend the otherwise subtle and simple appearance of the M a distinctive and extraordinary look and feel – while also creating a completely new haptic experience.

Several elements on the top plate have been harmonised with the colour scheme of the camera trim. The engravings on the accessory shoe, shutter speed dial, on/off switch, video button and shutter release button are highlighted in red, rather than the usual white.
A ‘Rolf Sachs’ logo graces the back of the top plate as the designer’s signature mark, while the individual special edition number of each camera is engraved on the hot shoe. Furthermore, the engraved settings on the lens are also partly accentuated in red.

The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs set is presented in a hard black outdoor case containing the camera, the lens, a black cotton carrying strap and a Leica SF 40 flash unit. Also included in this limited edition set are a special brush for cleaning the rubber camera trim, as well as a high-quality brush and cloth to keep the exterior of the camera and lens in premium condition.

Delivering the same high performance and technical specifications of the equivalent production model, the Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition offers the benefits of the latest Leica digital rangefinder system with its famously robust and enduring qualities.

With its moderate wide-angle properties and natural reproduction of perspectives, the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. is one of the most versatile lenses in the Leica M-System portfolio. From selective focus in the close-up range to high-contrast available-light applications and landscape shots, with immense depth of field, the lens delivers exceptional results in any photographic situation.

The long-standing collaboration and strong relationship between Leica and Rolf Sachs is founded on a multitude of projects. Most recently, ‘Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano’, an impressive exhibition showing Sachs’ work shot with a Leica S, was displayed at the Leica Galleries in Salzburg and Wetzlar.

About Rolf Sachs

Rolf Sachs was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1955. He studied in England and the USA, and found inspiration in the art around him from the early years of his youth, becoming an artist himself in the late nineteen-eighties. His creative genres include photography, sculpture, set-design and installations. Inspired by everyday objects and their materiality, he searches for the unusual and unconventional within them, and brings them to light in the unique conceptual expression of his multidisciplinary works.

Pricing and availability

The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition will be available at Leica Stores and selected authorised Leica dealers in the UK from November 2016, at a suggested retail price of £12,500 including VAT.

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  • TwoStrayCats

    The fact that this Summicron does not have a red, leather focussing band is a deal killer for me. I don’t want a camera that looks like it got half way through the project and then the workers just quit.

    • TO-DOUG

      Maybe they didn’t actually quit. Possibly they have just gone to play table tennis!

      • Max

        that’s what was evading me…. table tennis racket padding.

  • the

    That looks ugly…

  • Floyd Summerhayes

    Looks like you could stick Lego on it

    • TwoStrayCats

      It looks like it has the texture of my bathtub mat.


    So, as I understand it, “For the main body finish, Sachs selected a material that is most frequently used in the production of table tennis bats.” What an innovative idea! That means that I could use one of these Leica M-Ps to play ping pong while I’m taking excellent photos! Is that right? And it only costs £12,500? Deal!

  • Ric Ricard

    So the stripped down M240 keeps the problematic 1 Gig buffer. The screenless M240 keeps the 1 Gig buffer. But this collector’s item camera gets the coveted 2 Gig buffer?!?!?

    • Old Doc

      Where did you find the 2 Gig buffer ??
      Leica Store Miami writes:
      “Technical features identical to the standard production Leica M-P (Typ 240)”

      • Ric Ricard

        The M240 has a 1 Gig buffer. The M-P has a 2 Gig buffer. This new camera is referred to as an M-P in your quote.

        • Old Doc

          Thanks !
          But so your statement: “But this collector’s item camera gets the coveted 2 Gig buffer” is not quite correct. The 2 Gig Buffer was already available for anyone who wanted it. He just would have had to buy the M-P version …

          • Ric Ricard

            But the problem is, the 2 Gig version is very expensive. You can find the M240 used for $3,500 if you look long enough. The M-P version has remained at $7,000. I know because I was trying to buy a reasonably priced version for well over a year. Once Leica created the 2 Gig version of the M240, they should have made that the standard for all future versions of the cameras. Apple, for example recently came out with a Series 2 version of their watch. They kept the Series 1 version in the product line, but changed the processor to match the Series 2 version. The 1 Gig buffer, for me, is the single biggest flaw int he M240 and may have contributed greatly to my decision to ultimately sell it. It just makes no sense for Leica to have not used the 2 Gig computer in the M262 and the MD. It’s especially offense that that chip isn’t in the M262 because people really seem to like the concept of the stripped down M240 presented by the M262. But then to turn around and put the 2 Gig buffer in a collector’s camera that no one is going to actually take photographs with, is a real insult to people who actually use these cameras for professional work.

    • Okay, in the pursuit of greater knowledge, I’m curious: Why is the 1GB buffer so problematic? The images are 24 megapixels which I think means they are around 40mb uncompressed. So 1G actually doesn’t seem bad …

      On the other hand, since you can buy 1GB for a couple of bucks on the SD card market, one might wonder why all cameras over $500-odd don’t have a few GB of built-in memory.

      • Ric Ricard

        The small buffer of the M9 and M240 cameras results in you not being able to take photos while the camera writes the images to the card. It’s a problem that doesn’t exist with a $500 point and shoot camera. It is a problem that doesn’t exist with a 7 year old Nikon. It is a problem I encounter with my Leicas virtually every time I use them. You can see a clear illustration of this small buffer in a video I recently posted titled, “The M240 is a better camera than the M9”. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAvV5qrYi40

  • Mr. Tree

    waaahahahaha always these drunken product manager, hopefully he get´s fired!

  • Bo Dez

    OK, it’s all starting to make sense now. Leica has been overrun by monkeys. Surely?

    • TO-DOUG

      Another possibility: Leica has hired the marketing people that were let go from Hasselblad after the Sony re-branding fiasco.

  • Jimmy Wong

    What dumb thing to do to Leica, makes it look like a cheap toy camera.

  • dadohead

    It’s astonishing that Leica can produce the beautifully designed Q and then turn around and create this monstrosity.

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  • CHD

    I’ve used my M240 for about a year and a half now and waited for the buffer to clear exactly zero times. I mean seriously…manual focus and a rangefinder are what slows the camera down, the buffer is the least of my worries. Yes, 2 GB buffer would be better…especially when it is so cheap to do….they SHOULD have made it a 3GB buffer but whatever, never been an issue for me.

    • Ric Ricard

      I believe you. I seldom see people complain about the M240 buffer, so apparently a lot of people feel 7 frames is enough for them to get the shot. However, I see a lot of Leica images of street signs, trains, lights, buildings and landscapes. I am a portrait photographer. Perhaps these subjects don’t require as many frames to nail the shot. But when I’m photographing 2 people talking and I need both faces to look right while they are speaking, I will most certainly hit the buffer before I can nail the shot. If I am photographing a person speaking at a podium, and I know I will need 20-30 images to get one shot where his mouth and body look right, I know I will hit the buffer. If I am photographing a model and she is posing in mms studio and I am trying to get her flow, I know I will hit the buffer before I am finished shooting her.

      Wanna know the really funny thing that I have never seen anyone at all mention, at all, EVER? The buffer gets worse as you raise the ISO. At ISO 640, the buffer gives you a decent 7 frames. At ISO 1600 and above, it is noticeably slower. I never heard anyone mention this in a review ever. Maybe all those landscape shots are done in brighter light than I am doing my portrait photography in.

      • CHD

        I never knew the buffer got worse as ISO increased…weird. Yes, admittedly I shoot mostly static objects and even with portraits I work a little slow, but I can see where you would be frustrated.

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