The legendary Leica M3, the first member of the acclaimed M series rangefinder line still going strong to this day, celebrates its 60th birthday this year – an occasion the German company has used to launch a special Leica M Edition 60. This unique device is based on the M-P Type 240 digital rangefinder, but with one quite notable difference: it lacks the screen we’re accustomed to find at the back of modern all cameras.
This remarkable feature (well, lack of a feature) is a designed to give the model a certain “retro” appeal – after all, it’s a camera designed to celebrate a 60 year-old model. The display was replaced with an old-school ISO selector dial, completing a move which once again shows Leica is not only committed to making high-end cameras, but also intends to keep its prestigious heritage alive.
The Leica M Edition 60 was designed by Audi and comes with a Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. Only 600 of these will ever be made, and while no official price has been revealed, rumors have the figure at around €16,000 (or about $20,000).