Leica has announced a new limited edition analog camera kit, the Leica MA “Titan”. Paired with a Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH, the camera retails for $20,000 and is limited to 250 pieces worldwide.
The fully mechanical Leica MA is paired with the Summicron lens in a matching titanium finish, which Leica says is not just a surface treatment, but all external parts are machined from solid titanium, which, according to him, results in extreme durability and less weight. According to Leica, titanium is twice as hard as aluminum and 45% lighter than brass, making it one of the strongest and most durable metals available.
As noted, the Leica MA is purely mechanical, meaning it doesn’t need power or data connections. Leica says it’s the epitome of its philosophy to focus on the essentials, calling it an example of photography in its purest form.
The MA “Titan” is the sixth time Leica has released a limited-edition camera with a titanium exterior, a tradition that continued when it launched the M6 TTL “Titanium” in 2001. It and the other cameras in titanium were generally film cameras. , with the exception of the M9 Titan which Leica presented in 2010 and the MP (Typ 240) Titanium set which it launched in 2016.
“The special edition’s sophisticated design is enhanced by the classic ‘Ernst Leitz Wetzlar’ lettering on the top plate. The set includes the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH., whose external components are also made of titanium for this special edition — and whose appearance is modeled on the very first Summicron-M with a focal length of 50 mm, introduced in 1956,” says Leica.
“Another element of the set’s classic aesthetic is the round sun visor, also in solid titanium. With its unparalleled optical performance, the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH. represents the pinnacle of full-frame lens design. The set comes in a special presentation box with a black silk interior lining.
The Leica MA “Titan” is available for pre-order only at Leica Stores and Leica Store Oneline and is priced at $19,995 and is limited to 250 pieces in total worldwide. Leica says it expects the camera to start shipping “soon” and once all 250 units have been requested, none will be available.