Own a Leica M10 or M10-P but always wanted an M10-D? All is now possible: You can turn your bescreened snapper into the ergonomic, blank-backed delight that is the M10-D by adding an advance-lever thumb rest. Retro bliss is now at the tip of your right thumb.
The accessory is on sale in Japan at Mapcamera.com where it costs ¥49,500 (£330, $419, AUS$605, €371). It is made from solid brass and comes in silver chrome and black chrome to match the cameras. The manufacturers claim that it feels substantia and solid and will “brass” in use, just like the camera top plates and more traditional thumb grips made from brass.
According to the web site, the lever opens to 45 degrees to mimic the operation of a traditional advance lever. It has a solid click when opening or closing and it will be “irresistible for Leica fans who in the past have felt lonely in the thumb department”. I know the feeling.
It isn’t clear how the device attaches to the camera but I presume it is by adhesive.
If you are a secret M10-D admirer but go cold-turkey on your screen addiction, this could be just what you have been looking for.