You only celebrate you centenary once – and German camera manufacturer is celebrating its 100th birthday with a series of special edition cameras. The latest is the remarkable Leica M Edition 100.
Unveiled as part of the official opening of the new Leica headquarters in the Leitz Park complex in Wetzlar which took place last month, the M Edition 100 is a blend between the Leica M-A (a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography) and the Leica M Monochrom (a digital Leica M). Both cameras and lenses are made from stainless steel, the first time this difficult to work with material has been used in the manufacturing of the visible metallic elements of Leica products. There’s also a special coating that protects the exposed surfaces from finger marks, in addition to a special black leather trim enhancing the piece’s appearance.
The set also includes three Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50 mm, with everything being packaged in a black anodized aluminum cased specially made by Rimowa for this occasion. Also included is a includes Kodak TRI-X 400 black-and-white film for use with the Leica M-A.
The Leica M Edition 100 will be released as a limited series of 101 pieces.