Leica has revealed the Leica M-D. It is described as a camera that offers no more and no less than the most important features. It also represents a state-of-the-art digital rangefinder.
The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is the first serial production model of the digital M family to be made without a monitor screen. The usual location of the screen on the back of the camera is now taken by the ISO sensitivity setting dial – one of the few, but essential, features of the camera.
Although the Leica M-D embodies the entire range of technical advantages perfected over decades in the Leica rangefinder system, it intentionally omits all but the most essential technical features. It has been radically reduced to the most important parameters required for photography – shutter speed, aperture, distance, and ISO sensitivity. This purist style helps the user focus his or her concentration on what is most essential: the picture.
The Leica M-D expresses purely functional, formal clarity and features design characteristics such as a top plate in brass with a step at the end citing the design of the Leica M9. The Leica red dot logo has been omitted from the front of the camera in favor of its unobtrusive appearance.
In addition to it’s purist looks, the hardly audible shutter of the Leica M-D guarantees maximum inconspicuousness when shooting. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is particularly quiet in single exposure and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M-D has the same sequential shooting speed as its sister model and shoots up to three frames per second.
The Leica M-D is now on sale. The camera package also includes a real-leather carrying strap in full-grain cowhide.