Leica Brown Mordant: Last blast for the Monochrom M246?
The nearer we get to the announcement of a new M camera, the more special editions are announced in an attempt to breathe new life into the old version. We’ve had Ms with red nobbles, reportedly in some demand, and now comes the dernier cri — the Leica Monochrom Meister Edition Berlin.
I’ve visited the Meister Camera Leica store in the elegant Fasanenstrasse (Pheasant Street, definitely not Peasant Street) just off the Ku’damm on a number of occasions. I usually stop by every time I’m in the city to see what’s new. I’ve learned, though, that this Meister store was the first one to carry the latest black-and-red interior theme that we recognise as the hallmark of the Leica boutique worldwide. It had its makeover ten years ago.
The new edition is very limited — only ten copies, to celebrate the store’s tenth anniversary — so it is well outside my price league at €18,880. It’s an attractive beast, nevertheless. It comes with a 50mm Summilux-M f/1.4 lens and both camera and lens are finished in what Meister Camera calls “brown mordant”. In the photographs it looks more like matte black to me but I expect it does have a browny cast to it. The “mordant” is also said to be a tribute the city of Berlin, “a bridge to the constantly changing and further developing and pulsating City of Berlin.” Quite.
Beneath all that mordancy, though, lurks an M246, a camera that will continue for some months after the launch of the new M next week. Still, with a limit of ten sets it could be a good buy. They are probably all sold by now, anyway so better phone before booking your German Wings flight to Tegel.