Leica M60 Edition for the masses could be on the way
Rumour mongering is not high on my list of pastimes. But when I see pronouncements about a screenless M arriving later this month I am immediately involved. Ever since my discussion with Stefan Daniel at Photokina in 2014 I have had the impression that the all-steel M60 was a suck-it-and-see moment for Leica. I came away with a conviction that a screenless, stripped-to-the-bones M would be produced if the demand existed. I think it does; and I have written several times about the possibility of such a device. I have no inside information on this, I am purely responding to rumours already published.
When I first heard tell of the lighter, non-live-view M262 I was convinced it would be the M60-lite. On that occasion I was decidedly wrong, but I still held true to the prospect of a really simple M that would appeal to those of us who still use film cameras. The prospect of just two primary settings—aperture and shutter speed—is strangely beguiling. Add in ISO (although it would be nice to see an auto-ISO setting, missing from the M60) and we have all we need to make pictures.
If the rumours are right, we could well see a new ultra-basic M in our near future. I fully expect it to be a ringer for the M262 but sans screen. Wouldn't it be great, though, if Leica has gone the whole hog and shaved a bit of girth as well as weight? I have said on many occasions that the holy grail would be an M3 lookalike with a sensor in place of the film. We can only hope.