The Leica M10-P Safari limited edition camera set is now officially announced.
Leica has been releasing strictly limited, special editions since 1975. These models are conceived and produced by Leica in collaboration with artists, photographers, designers and premium brands. Thanks to this tradition, a number of unusual and unique special models and sets with perfectly coordinated accessories have been released.
Each of these strictly limited editions is meticulously hand-crafted in the Leica factory and offered in an equally fascinating, premium presentation set. Indeed, the unique experience of owning these outstanding products begins with the opening of the box, specially developed for each limited Leica camera set.
The Leica M10-P Limited Edition “Safari” contains the same performance and technical capabilities of the serial production model of the camera, including the quiet mechanical shutter and 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 eye-catching special finish of olive green “Safari” cameras from Leica have a long and storied tradition, dating back to the early years of the M-System.
The first Leica cameras with this high-quality paint finish in olive green were originally designed and constructed for military 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 legends in the camera world. While the subsequent olive green M3 and M4 cameras were manufactured exclusively for military use, 1977 saw the appearance of the olive green Leica R3 “Safari” camera in response to increasing demand from private customers.
This special edition was followed by a series of popular successors: the M6 TTL “Safari” in 2000, the M8.2 “Safari” in 2008 and, in 2015, the M-P (Typ 240) “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 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.
The iconic olive green cameras have become a mainstay of Leica’s history and extensive product portfolio, and these special models are enormously popular among Leica collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The Leica M10-P Edition “Safari” camera body is available for sale today for $8,450 with only 1,500 units available and the matching lens will be available on February 15th for $2,750 with only 500 units available. Both camera and lens are sold separately at Leica Stores, Boutiques and Dealers.