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Leica Special Edition Grip By Rolf Sachs

Leica has announced a new special edition Leica M-P with grip created by Rolf Sachs.

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Leica Special Edition Grip By Rolf Sachs: Leica M Rolf Sachs

In collaboration with artist and Leica photographer Rolf Sachs, Leica has unveiled a new special edition within its M-series camera portfolio: the Leica M-P (Typ 240) “grip” by Rolf Sachs.

This exclusive set comprises a Leica M-P camera body, together with a classic, fast Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, and unites the company’s legendary rangefinder technology with an exceptionally creative product design. With its unusual finish and striking choice of colour, combined with Leica’s classic camera styling, this unique set is destined to become a true collector’s item. The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition will be strictly limited to just 79 sets globally.

“For many photographers over many years, the Leica M has been a passionate love affair! Its functionality and iconic design attracts me as an artist and an avid user. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to ‘undress’ the camera and create a new look – surprising, as well as functional. Applying a material that has never been used before as an easy-to-grip camera surface created a striking aesthetic, and a unique tactility,” says Rolf Sachs.

With the Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs, the artist chose to modify several features of the Leica M-P rangefinder in black paint finish, delivering the unique style he envisaged for the camera. For the main body finish, Sachs selected a material that is most frequently used in the production of table tennis bats. Applied to the camera body, the raised red nubs of this rubber trim lend the otherwise subtle and simple appearance of the M a distinctive and extraordinary look and feel – while also creating a completely new haptic experience.

Several elements on the top plate have been harmonised with the colour scheme of the camera trim. The engravings on the accessory shoe, shutter speed dial, on/off switch, video button and shutter release button are highlighted in red, rather than the usual white.

A ‘Rolf Sachs’ logo graces the back of the top plate as the designer’s signature mark, while the individual special edition number of each camera is engraved on the hot shoe. Furthermore, the engraved settings on the lens are also partly accentuated in red.

The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs set is presented in a hard black outdoor case containing the camera, the lens, a black cotton carrying strap and a Leica SF 40 flash unit. Also included in this limited edition set are a special brush for cleaning the rubber camera trim, as well as a high-quality brush and cloth to keep the exterior of the camera and lens in premium condition.

With its moderate wide-angle properties and natural reproduction of perspectives, the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. is one of the most versatile lenses in the Leica M-System portfolio. From selective focus in the close-up range to high-contrast available-light applications and landscape shots, with immense depth of field, the lens delivers exceptional results in any photographic situation.

The long-standing collaboration and strong relationship between Leica and Rolf Sachs is founded on a multitude of projects. Most recently, ‘Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirano’, an impressive exhibition showing Sachs’ work shot with a Leica S, was displayed at the Leica Galleries in Salzburg and Wetzlar. 

The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition will be available at Leica Stores and selected authorised Leica dealers in the UK from November 2016, at a suggested retail price of £12,500 including VAT.

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MrScott Avatar
MrScott 10 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2016 4:43PM
Crikey! With that red stuff on them, table tennis bats must be phenomenally expensive!
Looks like a 70's stickle brick......
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Niknut Avatar
Niknut Plus
13 3.7k 82 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2016 8:10PM
GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin !!!!!!!.....in all aspects !!!!!!!!!!
franken Avatar
franken Plus
21 5.7k 4 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2016 9:55AM
You pay for the badge really .

If you knocked off £6000 you'd still get better value elsewhere.

AlexandraSD Avatar
AlexandraSD 11 773 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2016 3:57PM
Looks like it has had a BDSM makeover Grin
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