Officially announced: Leica M10-R black paint limited edition camera

The previously rumored Leica M10-R black paint limited edition camera is now officially announced. The price is $9,295. Pre-orders are now open:

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Additional information:

“Most Leica M cameras today are finished in black chrome or black anodized with a matte satin surface, but the exclusively limited Leica M10-R features a unique glossy black paint finish – akin to many iconic Leicas of years past. This classic look might be more delicate compared to modern equivalents, but with time it develops its own unique patina and character.

Many photographers treasure these signs of wear that reveal the brass on the top plate, bottom cover and dials after intensive use. Now, the Leica M10-R too will expose these authentic characteristics over time. Its unique patina bearing witness to the passing of time—capturing more than just events but telling its very own story.
This exclusive design variant of the Leica M10-R combines all the modern technology associated with the state-of-the-art 40 megapixel camera with classic design elements. In addition to its glossy black paint finish, the top cap features the famous Leica script and “Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Germany” engraving. Both the ISO and shutter speed dials feature characteristic cross patterned knurling, and the release button has a silver glossy chrome finish. These special details hearken to the rare black glossy classics Leica M3 and Leica M4, which are incredibly sought-after to this day. The emblematic red Leica dot has also deliberately been omitted for the most stealthy and iconic look.” (Leica USA)

Press release:


Leica Camera AG introduces a new design variant of the Leica M10-R.With its black paint finish, the new Leica M10-R perfectly embodies the classic Leica look: over the years, glimpses of brass will gradually start to show on the corners and edges – resulting in a unique patina that emphasises the camera’s individual character. This is a camera that not only captures moments in time, but also tells a story of its own. The new addition to the M family is a prime example of Leica’s unerring commitment to quality and craftsmanship made in Germany.

In addition to the high-gloss finish, there are some external details that distinguish the new design variant from its serially produced counterpart (though the technical specifications are identical in both models). These differences include the classic Leica lettering on the top plate, along with an ‘Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Germany’ engraving. Also, the red Leica dot has been omitted, creating an understated appearance that facilitates an especially unobtrusive approach. As with all Leica M cameras, the new variant is equipped with an ultra-quiet shutter, allowing the photographer to capture scenes at close proximity without drawing undue attention.

Perfectionism down to the last detail is one of the hallmarks of this unusual system camera: the ISO and shutter speed dial both feature classic diamond-pattern knurling, while the shutter button is distinguished by a silver-chrome finish. The Leica M10-R delivers an exceedingly high image quality: with a resolution of over 40 megapixels, the sensor recognises even the smallest details. This allows the camera to utilise the full potential of Leica’s legendary M lenses.

Reliability over many years of use, combined with high value retention, count among the distinguishing traits of this exceptional camera. They are also a testament to the consistent implementation of Leica’s company philosophy. Throughout the decades of its extraordinary history, Leica has placed a focus on sustainability. For example, by developing the Leica M bayonet back in the 1950s, the company created a timeless lens mount standard; as a result, even vintage lenses from the era of analogue photography can still be used on the new black-paint Leica M10-R today. As ever, Leica’s optical instruments prove to be steadfast companions that are characterised by exceptional quality and longevity.

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