Leica’s new M Monochrom ‘Stealth Edition’ camera costs $15,750 and glows in the dark

After launching the limited edition Red Leica M Typ 262 camera and the Leica Q in white to celebrate the winter Olympics, the iconic German brand has now released a special edition camera finished in stealth black. Called the Stealth Edition, the special edition is based on the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) and has been created in collaboration with Marcus Wainwright, the founder and CEO of the fashion label Rag & Bone. Marcus, who’s a fan of black-and-white photography and a dedicated Leica user, wanted to emphasize the stealthy nature of shooting Leica cameras. “For me the Leica M system personifies the pursuit of perfection in an object designed for a singular purpose,” says Wainwright. “Inspired by that, I was aiming to try and further refine and perfect the M Monochrom—an almost impossible task—by distilling it to its purest form and highlighting the stealth nature of the camera and lens.”

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The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) “Stealth Edition” features a murdered out matte black look across the entire unit with even its letterings and markings darkened to go with the overall theme. But what’s special about the camera is the letterings are covered in luminescent paint that glows when the taken into a dark environment. The special edition Leica also comes with a matching Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH lens, a black fabric carrying strap, a metal front cap for the lens. “The ‘Stealth Edition’ of the Leica M Monochrom is quite possibly the most discreet camera on the market today, with both camera and lens dressed in an unassuming black matte finish and minimal branding to eliminate any distractions from the purity and integrity of the design,” Leica says. “Only the most important engravings for photographic settings are highlighted on both the camera and lens, each crafted with a striking glow in dark fluorescent paint for optimal use in low-light situations.” With a price tag of $15,750, only 125 examples of the Stealth Editions will be sold worldwide starting March 20, 2018.

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