Leica Channels Ping Pong in Special Edition M-P Camera

October 13, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

Leica is a big fan of special edition cameras and their latest is a variant of the M-P (Typ 240) designed in collaboration with artist Rolf Sachs. This special “Grip” edition has material that’s typically used in ping-pong paddles on the camera body trim–because nothing says exclusive like ping pong paddles.

Various individual elements on the top deck of the camera are matched to the color scheme of the Grip edition, including the engravings on the accessory shoe and lens, the shutter speed dial, the on/off switch, the video button and the style of the shutter release button. The Grip kit comes in a black case with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, a special carrying strap made of cotton and a Leica SF 40 flash.

Only 79 of these Grip models will be available globally starting in November at Leica stores and online. It will set you back $14,950.

“For many photographers over many years, the Leica M has been a passionate love affair,” Rolf Sachs said in a statement released with the Grip announcement. “Its functionality and iconic design attract me as an artist and an avid user. I am thrilled for the opportunity to ‘undress’ the camera and create a new look, which is surprising as much as it is functional. Applying a material that has never before been used as an easy-to-grip camera surface, creates a striking aesthetic and a unique tactility.”