X

The Leica M-D targets ascetics with indulgent budgets

For the easily distracted photographer with money to burn, Leica strips down its M.

LoriGruninNewHeadshot.jpg
Lori Grunin
LoriGruninNewHeadshot.jpg

Lori Grunin

Senior Editor / Reviews

I've been writing about and reviewing consumer technology since before the turn of the century. I'm also a photographer and cat herder, frequently at the same time.

See full bio
leica-m-d.jpg
Enlarge Image
leica-m-d.jpg
Leica

I can't hold back: I have to take out my mockery stick and bash the Leica M-D with it. After all, at $6,000 (£4,650; Australia pricing unavailable, but that's about AU$7,900) it's not only more expensive than most other full-frame interchangeable-lens cameras, but it's a more expensive version of the manual-focus-only Leica M (Typ 262) without a back LCD or the ability to shoot video. Instead, the ISO sensitivity dial takes a prominent place right the the middle of the camera back.

Then there are Leica's tag lines for it: "A step back to the future." (Oh, Leica, you had me at "A step back.") "The joy of anticipation." (Because nothing's as fun as waiting till you're at a computer to find out you've missed critical shots.)

But I mock because I don't subscribe to the theory that being able to view photos on the spot ruins my concentration or that "No LCD screen leads to more freedom for creative photography." I'm not a purist. And I know you're out there. Maybe after trying it out, Leica will be able to make a believer out of me.

The basic specs are identical to the two-year-old Leica M, including a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, reverse Galilean optical viewfinder with framing lines for different focal lengths and three frames-per-second continuous shooting for eight frames.

The camera's slated to ship in May.

laptop
Get the best price on everything
Shop your favorite products and we’ll find the best deal with a single click. Designed to make shopping easier.
Add CNET Shopping