A little more than a year following its announcement, the limited edition Leica M by chief Apple designer John Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson has been exhibited.

The full-frame camera, based on a Leica M model, was auctioned off for charity on November 23rd and its features include a 50mm f/2 lens and an aluminum outer shell. The special edition camera went through a trying production process with 561 versions being put out, appraised, and reworked until this final iteration was agreed upon.

 

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Hundreds of models and prototypes were made in the development of The Leica M for (Red). The body and lens ultimately being machined from a custom engineered alloy. Presented with a perfectly textured anodized aluminum outer shell, the traditional leather waist, synonymous with Leica, has been replaced with a laser machined aluminum body.

 

 

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More than 21,000 hemispheres create a new and extraordinary aesthetic, while a total of 561 models and nearly 1,000 prototype parts were made during the 85 days it took to create of this incredibly special camera.

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