Whatever happened to the Leica M10-D?
It seems that the screen is not the only thing missing from the Leica M10-D. The camera has also gone AWOL. When the new model was announced on October 24, it was widely expected that retail models would be available on the day of launch or shortly afterwards. I expected sufficient early quantities to meet advance orders (including mine) but for some reason, no deliveries have been made.
Instead, a handful of cameras made it to Britain and, as far as I know, most are being used as dealer display demonstrators and none are for sale. Some have been seen in the hands of journalists, although, I hasten to add, not in the hands of Macfilos writers who are low in the pecking order. I keep my ears tuned to the Leica jungle drums but haven’t heard of anyone taking delivery of an M10-D. If you’ve been lucky enough to Billingham bag one, please let me know.
This scarcity is all the more strange since some retail cameras, at least, have been available in the Far East and, as far as I know in other countries. My friend Kai Elmer Sotto in Singapore got his camera the day after the launch. Then, a few days later he had a problem where the camera would not read or write to any SD card. His local Leica dealer simply gave him a new M10-D, which rather indicates that there is stock. So there must be some around, but just not in the United Kingdom.
Here we are, nearly a month after launch and there is no sign of retail cameras, nor any hint of when they might be available. Perhaps there has been a last-minute technical hitch.
If anyone can shed light on this mystery, please let me know.