Leica Camera AG presents the Leica M10-P and the Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 as limited ‘Safari’ editions.Dima
Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari’
The Leica M10-P Edition “Safari” begins a new chapter in the story of olive green cameras. These popular special editions have attracted admiring glances since the 1960s, and have a reputation of being extremely robust as well as highly sought after. The Leica M10-P Edition “Safari” has the same performance and technical capabilities of the serial production model of the camera, including the quiet mechanical shutter.
The specially packaged camera body is completed by the inclusion of a carrying strap and a case for SD memory cards and credit cards, both crafted from genuine full grain cowhide. These premium accessories in Brandy-colored leather complement and accentuate the aesthetics of the special edition. The Leica M10-P Edition “Safari” will be limited to 1,500 examples worldwide.
LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50 f/2 EDITION ‘SAFARI’
For the very first time in Leica’s history, a Leica M-Lens will be offered in the legendary olive green paint finish. To be produced in a planned quantity of only 500 units, the Leica Summicron-M 50 f/2 – one of Leica’s most quintessential 50 mm lenses – will sport the iconic olive green for a perfect match with the Leica M10-P Edition “Safari” and all its military-inspired forebears to become the Leica Summicron-M 50 f/2 Edition “Safari”.
The engravings for the distance scale measured in feet and the focal length are highlighted in red paint and stand in deep contrast to the bright white engravings on the lens, all of which are carefully applied by hand. The technical specifications and optical performance of the Summicron-M 50 f/2 Edition “Safari” match the popular serial production model.
As the Leica M-System is known for its incredibly vast lens compatibility with old and new models, this new special edition lens can be used with all previously produced M-Cameras since 1954 – standard and special edition alike – for a perfectly matched look or a starkly contrasted aesthetic statement
All visible metal components of the Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari’ and the Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 Edition ‘Safari’ premium lens are elaborately machined from solid brass. The premium stove enamel finish in olive green makes the camera and lens resistant to finger marks and scratches and provides enduring protection against external influences such as solvents, chemicals and UV light.
This unusual special finish has a long tradition at Leica. The first Leica cameras with this high-quality stove enamel finish in olive green were originally designed and constructed for use in the field. Their reputation as robust and reliable tools under extreme conditions spread rapidly around the world. What began in 1960 with the Leica M1 ‘Olive’ manufactured for the German armed forces went on to become a story of success. While the olive green M3 and M4 cameras were manufactured exclusively for military use in the field, 1977 saw the appearance of the olive green Leica R3 ‘Safari’ camera in response to increasing demand on the part of private customers. This was followed by the M6 TTL ‘Safari’ in 2000, the M8.2 ‘Safari’ in 2008 and, in 2015, the M-P (Typ 240) ‘Safari’. The olive green cameras are enormously popular among Leica collectors and enthusiasts.
The Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari’ is on sale from today. The Leica Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari’ premium lens will be available from 15 February 2019.