$9,300 'Batman Leica' camera officially announced – and the paint rubs off

$9,300 'Batman Leica' camera officially announced – and it brasses with use
(Image credit: Leica)

UPDATE: Leica has now officially announced the Leica M10-R Black Paint Finish, a limited edition version of the base M10-R with a "less robust" glossy black paintjob that enables the camera to 'brass' with use and age. 

"Most Leica models are finished in black chrome or black anodized with a matte satin surface," says Leica. "Yet the exclusive special edition Leica M10-R features a unique glossy black paint finish. This previously classic look might be less robust compared to modern equivalents. But with time it develops its own inimitable patina."

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.