Leica's M9-P is a pro version of its already excellent rangefinder. You are welcome to buy me one
Leica has announced the M9-P, a “professional” variant of its already high-end M9 rangefinder. The only functional change is the sapphire crystal cover on the rear LCD, which also comes with anti-reflective coatings on both sides. Otherwise, the manual-focus, 18MP full-frame body remains, internally at least, the same.
On the outside the changes are cosmetic. The leatherette cover is knobbier, making grip supposedly easier, and the trademark Leica red dot has been removed from the front of the camera, as has the “M9″ logo. This ensures stealth for pros, letting them save a few bucks on the electrical tape they’d usually use to cover them up. It also makes the camera look totally bad-ass, in a military stealth kind of way.
The price? $8,000, body only, or $1,000 more than the price of the standard M9. I loved my old Leica M6, but these prices are almost enough to send me back to film.
Joining the new body is a new lens, the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm ƒ3.4 ASPH. It weighs in at ten ounces, is a little under two inches long, and focuses as close as 70cm (28 inches). It’ll cost around $3,000.
Leica M9-P product page [Leica]
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Via: Gadget Lab