Leica is presenting a limited edition version of its Monochrom camera that best speaks to its black and white sensor by dressing the camera almost entirely in black, and it looks fantastic.
The new "stealthy edition" of the Monochrom (Typ 246) will sell for $ 15,750, almost double the standard version, but you get something for that increase in cost. The most important thing is that the stealth edition comes with a lens, the Summicron-M 35mm f / 2 ASPH, which normally sells for around $ 3,000, while the standard version comes only with the body. That means you're only paying $ 5,000 more or less for limited edition design designs.
Still, if you are the type of person who spends ridiculous amounts of money on Leica cameras, there are worse ways to spend your money. The stealthy edition erases all silver, yellow and red reflections in both the camera and the lens and replaces the grip with a smoother leather to create an elegant and matt black look. In total, there is not a ton that is different from the standard Monochrome (it's not like there's a lot of color in the first place), but the changes are enough to make a difference.
There are still some points of color in the stealthy edition. The selected marks on the lens and the shutter speed dial are white so they stand out, and those white marks will light up in green when they are dark. All this could damage the ability to use the camera, but it is not as if someone bought a Leica for its ability to focus quickly, so I can not imagine that there are many complaints.
In fact, there really can not be many complaints, because Leica is only doing 125 of them. They will go on sale on March 20; presumably, if you're rich enough to afford one, you'll know how to get it.
Leica says the furtive edition was done in collaboration with the founder and CEO of Rag & Bone, Marcus Wainwright. In addition to the visual changes, everything else about the camera remains the same.
The Monochrom camera was first introduced in 2012 and then updated as the Type 246 in 2015. Unlike normal digital cameras, Monochrom does not have a filter on its sensor, which allows it to collect color data. The disadvantage is that this camera is physically unable to shoot the color, it is only in black and white, but the benefit is that by removing a filter from the lens, the camera can gather even more light and detail, creating blank images and blacks sharper and sharper than any color camera could create.