Leica M-P grip: Batty finish for the latest special edition
Leica’s latest M-P special edition is coated in raised red nubs normally seen on a table tennis bat. Designed by artist and Leica photographer Rolf Sachs, the M-P “grip” features the red knobbly skin to improve handling. It also has a number of design cues to harmonise with the overall appearance.
The Ralf Sachs "grip" will be supplied in a black hard case with a Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, an SF40 flash unit and a cotton carrying strap. You even get a special brush to clean the knobbly trim as well as a luxurious brush and cloth to keep the camera clean. Only 79 copies of this knobblesome masterpiece will be available worldwide.
The rear of the top plate features a Ralf Sachs logo while some of the top dial engravings have a red infill instead of the normal white.
Ralf Sachs, born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1955 has had a long association with Leica, most recently his “Camera in Motion: from Chur to Tirana” project.
The Leica M-P “grip” by Ralf Sachs should be available in Leica Stores and selected Leica dealers in the UK from November. The cost will be £12,500 including VAT. No word on how many of the 79 sets will settle in Britain but I do not imagine Leica will have any trouble in moving the lot during the first week or so.