Esteemed German camera manufacturer Leica announced the sixth edition of its Titanium cameras this season. The newest version of the M-A homage series, which has as its focus one of the most fundamental of all camera designs, comes in a set with a similarly estimable Leica lens: the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH.
All ‘essential components’ of the lens and camera set are fabricated from solid titanium. Titanium’s soft grey tone is a perfect complement to the Leica cachet of purist functionality; stripped of all electronic frippery, the M-A has been distilled to primary purpose. It does not even use a battery.
Leica’s website uses the word ‘elegant’ to describe the resulting set, and it’s hard to argue with the word choice. The Titan Set manages to conjure the entirety of Leica’s history, and in doing so says something about the relevance of historical fundamentals in the present tense.
Only 250 sets with be produced. The price tag reads $19,995.