Leica has announced its most powerful film camera to date, in a new limited-edition bundle featuring a Leica MA (opens in a new tab) and the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH lens, all made of titanium.
This, of course, isn’t the first time that Leica has announced a titanium set in the special edition camera department, but it’s the first in quite some time, since the Leica M6 TTL Titanium in 2001.
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This new limited-edition Leica MA set called ‘Titan’ marks the sixth time that Leica has released a limited-edition camera and lens with a titanium exterior, continuing a tradition that began in 2001. Stands out with such a sleek look as it is exclusive, the set combines the timeless appeal of the Leica MA analog companies with the classic design of the APO-Summicron-M 50 f/2 ASPH.
To create this premium package, key camera and lens components are machined from solid titanium, a material known for its exceptional strength and durability. This gives the camera and lens even greater strength, as well as a unique look that is impossible to achieve with any other material.
As a pure mechanical camera, the Leica MA does not rely on power or data connections to function and as such. It is the quintessence of the Leica philosophy to focus on the essentials: a return to photography in its purest form.
The sophisticated design of this special edition is enhanced by the classic “Ernst Leitz Wetzlar” lettering on the top plate. Presented in a special presentation box with black silk interior lining, 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 after the very first Summicron-M with a 50mm focal length, introduced in 1956.
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 camera and lens feature etchings with their respective special edition serial numbers.
The Leica MA Titan set is on sale for $19,995 / £18,000 and is limited to just 250 pieces worldwide. Personally, I think this set looks amazing and comes with the bragging rights of having the most powerful camera ever made…but, is it worth the extra money for those rights? It’s up to you to decide.
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