Leica Camera AG has announced an unusual special-edition of its digital rangefinder camera with a black-and-white sensor: the Leica M Monochrom [Typ 246] ‘Stealth Edition’
Marcus Wainwright, founder and owner of the New York fashion label ‘Rag & Bone’ has designed a limited edition version of the Leica M Monochrom with fluorescent accents. Incorporating a camera and a Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. lens, the aim of Marcus’ concept is the ‘individualised perfection of existing icons’.
Wainwright’s intention was to make the camera’s surface as black as possible in order to underline the discretion of the Leica M Monochrom [Typ 246] ‘Stealth Edition’. Something that was achieved by using an especially scratch-resistant, matt paint for the camera and lens.
Made from smooth full-grain cowhide, the camera’s matching leather trim in jet black offers exceptional grip. As a visual counterpoint, the most important markers on both products in the set are highlighted with a fluorescent paint that glows in the dark.
This allows for quicker setting of aperture or distance on the lens in low-light situations; a unique feature that brings clear benefits in spontaneous situations. In all other aspects, the technical specifications of the camera and lens in the Leica M Monochrom [Typ 246] ‘Stealth Edition’ set are identical to those of the standard model.
Pricing and availability
Somewhat of a considered purchase at £13,000 [inc VAT].
The new limited-edition is strictly limited to only 125 camera sets for the global market, each of which carries a unique serial number. The set also includes a black fabric carrying strap, a metal front cap for the lens and a certificate of authenticity.