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Leica M10-P turns a shade of green

Leica is going green with the introduction of an olive-colored verion of its M10-P rangefinder camera. Only 1500 of the special edition camera will be made... but there will also be the option of buying one of just 500 green versions of its Summicron-M 50mm f/2 to go with it.

These are the latest in a long line of 'Safari' editions of Leica cameras, which were originally produced for use by the armed forces in the 1960s. These have since become highly- sought after by collectors. It's unlikely they will ever see actual use, being more valuable as collectors' items than they are as cameras.

The first 'Safari' edition made for consumer use was the Leica R3, which went on sale in 1977. Last year, the company produced a Khaki edition of the Leica Q camera. 

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The Leica Summicron M 50mm f/2 Edition 'Safari' is the first ever M-mount lens to be made in the signature olive color. The camera itself comes from Leica's long-running line of 'rangefinder' cameras which use design many decades old, but still kept surprisingly fresh and relevant by Leica's steady adoption of the latest digital technologies.

The camera comes carrying strap and case for SD memory cards and credit cards crafted from brandy-coloured, full-grain cowhide. The  Leica M10-P ‘Safari’ Edition’s olive body contrasts with the silver controls. 

The Leica M10-P Edition ‘Safari’ body is priced at £6,900, while the Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 Edition ‘Safari’ lens will retail at £2,300 when it goes on sale from February 15.

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Leica M-10P review

Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.