Leica has announced a new limited-edition film camera and matching APO-Summicron-M 50 F2 ASPH lens. The Leica M-A ‘Titan’ set is Leica’s sixth limited-edition camera with a titanium exterior. The first titanium exterior Leica was the Leica M6 TTL’ Titanium,’ released in 2001. The high-end, limited M-A ‘Titan’ camera and lens are milled from solid titanium, a material known for its durability. The titanium also gives the M-A ‘Titan’ set a distinct, striking look.
The Leica M-A is a purely mechanical camera, relying on no power or data connections. Leica writes that the M-A is ‘the epitome of Leica’s philosophy to concentrate on the essential: a return to photography in its purest form.’ The Leica M-A doesn’t even include a light meter, unlike the Leica MP. The special edition version includes the classic ‘Ernst Leitz Wetzlar’ script on the top plate.
The matching APO-Summicron-M 50mm F2 ASPH lens, whose external components are built using titanium for the ‘Titan’ set, is modeled after the first 50mm Summicron-M lens, introduced in 1956. To maintain the special aesthetic, the lens’ included round lens hood is made of solid titanium.
The Leica M-A ‘Titan’ set doesn’t come cheap. The set is limited to just 250 units worldwide and will set you back $19,995. The camera and lens are engraved with special-edition serial numbers, and the set comes in a special presentation box lined with black silk.
If the idea of a purely mechanical Leica film camera is up your alley, but the M-A’ Titan’ is too expensive, you can purchase the Leica M-A in black chrome or silver chrome for $5,965. The Leica M-A works with a wide of Leica M lenses, ranging from 16mm to 135mm.