Leica truly appears to be having fun with the various options they’ve created for the M-P Typ 240 camera. Released in 2012, the Typ 240 has had a number of special editions including recent ones like the M-P Titan and M-P Edition Safari, or Leica’s ala carte options for building your own Typ 240.
The latest option is the M-P “Grip”, which was designed in a collaboration with German artist and photographer Rolf Sachs.
Like previous special edtions, the Grip features the same guts as the original Typ 240. It has a 24-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor and Leica’s Maestro imaging processor.
What makes this one different is the bright red grip material. The dot pattern and material is the same as that used on a traditional ping pong (or table tennis) paddle.
Leica says that the new grip imparts a “completely new haptic experience.”
Like previous, Typ 240 special editions, the Grip will be limited, extremely limited. Only 79 sets are being made, and it’s not cheap. Though, compared to the going price for a Typ 240 with 35mm lens (about $12,000), not that much more expensive.
The Grip comes with a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 lens, a hard black outdoor case, a Leica SF 40 flash, premium strap and cleaning materials for the body and grip. All of that will set you back by $14,950.
For more details (and a few more pictures) check out the press release below.
Leica M-P Grip Press Release
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.
Delivering the same high performance and technical specifications of the equivalent production model, the Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition offers the benefits of the latest Leica digital rangefinder system with its famously robust and enduring qualities.
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.
Rolf Sachs was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1955. He studied in England and the USA, and found inspiration in the art around him from the early years of his youth, becoming an artist himself in the late nineteen-eighties. His creative genres include photography, sculpture, set-design and installations. Inspired by everyday objects and their materiality, he searches for the unusual and unconventional within them, and brings them to light in the unique conceptual expression of his multidisciplinary works.
Pricing and availability
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.