Leica’s new limited-edition camera set will set you back $20,000 – Robb Report
Leica may have first gone digital over a decade ago, but don’t expect it to turn its back on analog cameras anytime soon.
In fact, the German camera maker just announced a rather exclusive new analog version called the MA “Titan Set”. The limited-edition combination of mechanical camera and Summicron lens shows the brand is still well aware of the hold analog gear has on photographers around the world.
At the heart of the whole, and giving it its name, is the MA 35mm camera. It is an entirely mechanical model with no light meter or other electrical components, making it, according to the brand, “a return to photography in its purest form”. Although already a technical marvel, this version of the camera features a special titanium finish. That’s not all, however. All of its external parts are machined from metal, which is twice as hard as aluminum and nearly half the weight of brass, making this MA even more durable and lightweight than its peers.
The set doesn’t just come with a camera, though. It also includes with Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH lens. Based on a model first produced in 1956, this is the brand’s finest full-frame lens and will help any photographer refine their images. As with the camera, all of its external parts have been machined from solid titanium.
The new MA “Titan Set” is only the sixth time that Leica has released one of its cameras with a titanium exterior. That’s not the only reason it makes it so exclusive. It will also be limited to just 250 examples. The pair costs $19,995, about $5,000 more than the camera (the basic version is priced at $5,595) and lens ($9,095) normally cost together.
If you like the idea of getting an analog Leica, but want something even older, you’re in luck. A rare example of the camera that paved the way for the MA and all of the brand’s other 35mm models, the Series 0, will go up for auction this Saturday. Be warned, though, it will likely cost closer to $3 million than $20,000.