Leica reveals M-P Titanium limited edition

If you thought premium German camera maker Leica was going to start appealing to the casual consumer market following the debut of their new Sofort instant camera this week, worry not; the sky-high priced models are still coming. The company has just announced the latest version of its semi-regular limited edition titanium model, this time of their current flagship camera, the Leica M-P.

If you're familiar with Leica's past titanium models, which usually sell for prices of $30,000 and up, you know what to expect here. The new version has the same features and hardware as the standard M-P, except here the body is made from solid titanium. Other than looking pretty, Leica says this reduces the camera's weight by 3 ounces.

Despite the M-P Titanium only seeing a minor change in materials, it's still a very impressive camera, keeping the original's 24MP full frame CMOS sensor, a 2GB buffer memory, and a sapphire crystal LCD cover. The camera will come paired with two lenses, a Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH, and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH.

Only 333 sets will be released worldwide (with both the camera body and lenses being individually numbered), and it's due to be available in mid-October. It seems Leica may be targeting casual photographers after all and lowering the price barrier on its limited editions, as the M-P Titanium is a mere $22,900. Of course, if that's still too much, one could always pick up the standard M-P for $6,995.