The new Leica M10-P Reporter pays homage to the great professional photo-journalism cameras of the past, including the 1933 Leica 250, and the 1956 MP. The Reporter features a dark-green finish and Kevlar trim. It is on sale from today and will cost £7,100, including 20 per cent Value Added Tax in the United Kingdom. The standard M10-P, which is technically identical, is £610 cheaper.
We understand that only 450 examples of the Reporter are being produced. If this is true, and bearing in mind the relatively reasonable premium over the standard camera, it represents good value—if you can get hold of one, that is.
Leica M10-P ‘Reporter’: A homage to the great reportage photographers of our time
Wetzlar, 21 January 2021. Leica Camera is pleased to launch the M10-P ‘Reporter’ following the special announcement made at the 40th anniversary of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA). This limited-edition camera celebrates Leica’s history of making cameras to meet the needs of press and reportage photographers. The M10-P ‘Reporter’ now follows in the footsteps of cameras such as the Leica 250 (1933), whose film cassette held 250 exposures and the Leica MP (1956) – a Leica M3 variant which was equipped with the Leicavit rapid winder, following the suggestions of renowned photographers, Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898–1995) and David Douglas Duncan (1916–2018).
In terms of its technical specifications, the M10-P ‘Reporter’ is identical to the Leica M10-P; exceptionally discreet and concentrates entirely on the most essential camera functions, the Leica M10-P embodies the essence of the M-System philosophy and retains the celebrated and iconic, yet understated design of previous models. The M10-P ‘Reporter’ features a unique dark green finish and Kevlar camera trim, an extremely high-strength synthetic fibre frequently used in the production of ballistic-protective clothing and reflects the challenging conditions under which many of the most remarkable reportage photographs of our time were created.
The light green engravings are inlaid to create a more discreet effect than the white inlays customarily used on black-finish cameras; its diamond-weave texture gives the camera extra grip and makes it comfortable to hold. In a unique feature, the camera’s body armour will gradually turn the same colour as its top and base plates through exposure to sunlight, developing its own patina over time and making each camera completely unique.
The Leica M10-P Reporter is on sale from today at selected Leica stores, including Leica Mayfair, with a recommended retail price of £7,100.