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This Limited-Edition Leica Is a Street Photographer’s Wildest Dream

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A $15,750 collaboration between the German camera-maker and New York-based fashion label Rag & Bone, the M Monochrom “Stealth Edition” goes on sale March 20.

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Nobody walks the streets of Paris, camera in hand, without quietly fancying themselves Henri Cartier-Bresson, squinting at the scenery and getting off miraculous candids of embrace-locked lovers or baguette-toting cyclists. The master of extemporaneous street photography invented the genre and did for Leica cameras what Marlon Brando did for Schott biker jackets.

This week, Leica announced a sly limited-edition version of its M Monochrom dual rangefinder digital camera that’s sure to become the new sacred idol of the HCB tribe. The Typ 246 “Stealth Edition” is the product of a collaboration with unabashed Leica fanboy Marcus Wainwright, the founder the New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone, and it features a simple matte-black finish, smooth black leather trim, and nothing—beyond its unmistakable shape—to give away its identity.

“I was aiming to try and further refine and perfect the M Monochrom—an almost impossible task—by distilling it to its purest form and highlighting the stealth nature of the camera and lens,” said Wainwright. 

Designed for low-light shooting, the “Stealth Edition” M Monochrom  features glow-in-the-dark markings.
For the uninitiated, Leica’s five-year-old M Monochrom employs a monochromatic digital image sensor that allows the camera to record “only luminance values to capture light with unparalleled sharpness and integrity, even at high ISO ranges.” In other words, light gets to the sensor without passing through color filters, allowing the camera keep producing crisp black-and-white images even when it’s too dark to see your hand in front of your face. Fortunately, Wainright’s $15,750 (yes, $15,750) special edition comes with a glow-in-the-dark version of Leica’s sublime Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH lens.

The “Stealth Edition” goes on sale March 20—just in time for your April in Paris—with production capped at a mere 125 examples worldwide.

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