Is this the end for the Leica M-D Type 262?
The Leica M-D Type 262 has reached the end of the road, according to a report in Leica Rumors. Perhaps we should not read too much into that, however. I suspect it could well be true, but strictly concerning the current iteration rather than the concept as a whole.
I have a feeling that the M-D has indeed been a quiet success for Leica, certainly worth the investment in development and production. Its ethos has always been simplicity, back to the film camera in the purity of its controls. Only Leica would have the guts to produce such a camera and it would be a great pity to see it founder now. I thoroughly enjoyed using the camera, and I would go so far as to say it is probably my favourite digital M of all time.
Mine went when the M10 arrived because I like the design approach to the M10, in particular, the thinner profile and the physical ISO dial. I also suspected that the M-D in its original body could not be long for this world and I was looking to the future. Certainly, I would buy a new, smaller and lighter M-D if there is an opportunity.
I will be stunned if the M-D concept is dead. Indeed, I believe the M10, with its smaller size (and that ISO dial), lends itself to M-D-isation more so than the Typ 262 did. I have been hoping that Leica would introduce a new M-D and the discontinuation of the original model is probably the first step in that direction. Let us hope there will soon be an M10-based M-D. Fingers crossed.