The rumour mill has whispered of a new Leica “M” film camera that might be announced in October in Germany. Leicarumors.com has announced they are aware of a press event that has been organized by the premium camera brand and that the new camera has already been out in the field, being tested by photographers.
I visited a Leica store in London this summer to check out the Bruce Gilden exhibit held there. During my visit, a staff member told me Leica usually releases a new camera every 10 years or so. The last new film camera release was in 2014 when they brought the Leica M-A to the market. They did recently release a “Titan” limited edition version of the Leica M-A film camera for $20k which was made featured titanium. There were only 250 units produced. However this was a special edition of an existing model, so it’s about time for a new film camera from the German manufacturer.
Leica is one of the few companies that are still currently producing film cameras, although it seems they have had trouble keeping up with demand lately. The current models in production are the M-A (Typ 127) and the MP.
The Leica M-A (Typ 127) is a fully mechanical camera with no light meter and no battery. The design was intended to be timeless and one example of the interpretation of this concept is the red dot of Leica branding is purposely missing so as to give an air of understatement.
The MP, on the other hand, comes with a light meter but doesn’t need batteries to operate for photographers that don’t want to use the in-camera metering system. This camera also does not have the red dot in order to maintain a low profile. Leica says this camera can handle all types of weather and is made to last a lifetime, the body being fully metal. (Source: Leica Camera)
As with anything from the rumour mill, it would be wise to take it with a grain of salt. It was rumored from the same source in December 2020 that Leica would release a new M type film camera but it didn’t happen.
While the rumor site mentions a press event from Leica in October in Germany, in the same month, the International Leica Society (LHSA) is hosting their annual conference in Dublin where comments will be heard from Stefan Daniel, Leica’s Executive Vice President and Peter Karbe, Head of Optical Engineering of Leica AG, and Mike Giannattasio, President and Kiran Karnani, VP Marketing of Leica Camera Inc. (Source: LHSA)
It will be interesting to see if anything is mentioned there. Right now, there are no press events or news from Leica directly so we will have to wait and see!
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