This year marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the Leica M3 – one of the most legendary names in the photography world that kicked off the brand’s seminal line of M-series rangefinders which continues till date. The German manufacturer is celebrating this feat in style by announcing a model named “Leica M Edition 60” which is a unique digital camera based on the M-P Type 240 digital rangefinder but with a very interesting twist. To commemorate the anniversary of M3, this model does not have a screen at the back (or in fact anywhere else) to give it a retro appeal. “Working with the Leica M Edition 60 intentionally demands the same care and attention as working with an analogue model,” says the company in a statement. “Only the sensor and the entire electronics reflect the state of the art of contemporary camera technology.”
The display at the back has been replaced with a retro-styled ISO selector dial. “With the Leica M Edition 60,” the company says, “photographers compose and frame each subject in the viewfinder, set the aperture and shutter speed and press the shutter release at the decisive moment. Instead of the constant distraction of technical features and the checking of menu settings and controls, they enjoy the freedom to concentrate completely on their subjects. With this concept, Leica is once again the synonym for an art in which technology plays a role subordinate to the essentially creative aspects of photography.” The camera has been designed by Audi and we must admit it looks stunning. It will come with a Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens and Leica will make only 600 units, so in case you want one you’ll have to hurry. There is no word on the pricing yet but it is s rumored to be around €16,000 (around $20,000).
[Via – The-Verge]