Leica: Is this the new M10-D?
After my very positive experience with the screenless Leica M-D — a really superb back-to-basics camera to make you feel you are back in the film era — one of my first thoughts on hearing the M10 announcement was “when will be see the M10-D”? Surely, I thought, the slimmer film-camera body would make a great basis for a new version of the M-D. I even conjectured that the central ISO dial could be put to work as an exposure compensation dial.
Then I saw the new leather half cases designed specially for the M10 and was instantly captivated by the ingenious rear flap design. Here’s a quick way of turning your M10 into an M10-D with no temptation to chimp, no fiddling with menus (even the admirably sparse favourites screen). With ISO, speed and aperture in full and glorious mechanical view, the M10 lends itself to the new minimalist pantry.
There’s nothing particularly novel in a rear flap for a half case. Most manufacturers have been offering flaps as an option for ages. But the quality of workmanship and the ingenuity of the Leica design impresses. As you see from the photographs, when the rear flap is closed the case is neat and tidy, offering a clean, smooth back so there is no danger of scratching the screen or touching anything by mistake.
Leica’s designers have also come up with an interesting way of attaching the flap in order to avoid unsightly hinges velcro. The flap has a baseplate which fits inside the case, between the camera and case bottom. When the flap is not attached there is a spacer accessory which sits under the camera and keeps the same camera height in relation to the case as when the flap is in situ. It’s a great solution and impresses all round.
The Leica cases, which are reasonably priced at £160, come in red, as shown here, plus black and brown. I think they will be a popular accessory for M10 owners.