26 May Leica’s High Tech Back-To-Basics M-D
The back to vinyl/analogue revolution steps up a gear with the release of Leica’s deliciously retro digital rangefinder camera – the M-D. Marketed as ‘the return to anticipation’ the M-D is the first digital camera in Leica’s ‘rangefinder’ M series range – the go-to tool of travel photographers – to come without an LCD screen for instant image gratification. The idea being that you’ll have concentrate taking your images and wait until you get home to see what you’ve got. The MD has been stripped of all but the essential components for stills photography, the designers concentrating on key photographic elements: shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity, the latter dial positioned dead centre on the back of the M-D where the screen would have been. This form of top end back-to-basics doesn’t come cheap; they’ve even left the red Leica badge off the front. But for those who want to master the art of photography, apply themselves to the traditional skills of image making, it’s a joy. There’s a high resolution 24 megapixel full-frame sensor and a silent shutter release for when you don’t want to be noticed. Factor in that Leica lens and the thrill of anticipation and this snapper is a snip.
£4,650 / uk.leica-camera.com