The camera that’s not for everybody
Leica’s latest offering, the M10 ‘Edition Zagato’ is a combination of the finest German craftsmanship and leading Italian design. With a strictly limited edition of only 250 units globally, and price tag just over $31,000, chances are that it’s not going to be for everyone. Renowned for leading edge design, Zagato has previously worked with such luxury brands including Porsche and Aston Martin. Not the first time that Leica has collaborated with Zagato, in 2015, just 1,000 Leica Ultravid 8x32 ‘Edition Zagato’ binoculars were produced.
Taking its name from Dr Andrea Zagato, owner of the design house and automotive styling specialists, who also personally designed the edition, it includes an M10 camera and a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. The first special edition of the Leica M10, the top deck, the baseplate, the outer casing, and the control elements of the camera are all manufactured from aluminium, making it 70 grams lighter than its serial production counterpart. The bodyshell of the camera is finished with fine grooves, which, together with details like the red shutter release button, lend the camera its unique look and feel. The integrated handgrip visually distinguishes the special edition from the serial production model of the M10. The M10 ‘Edition Zagato’ is the first Leica camera to have its own special serial number engraved on an aluminium badge on the base of the camera that is revealed only when the baseplate is opened.
The Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens in the special edition set has an integrated lens hood that can be pulled out and locked in place in a single motion, while the design of the focusing aid on the lens pays homage to a typical styling signature of Zagato automobile design, the double-bubble roofline of many Zagato models.