First Leaked Photos of the Upcoming Leica M10?

Leica Rumors has published two small images showing what may be Leica’s followup to its M9 rangefinder: the Leica M10. The camera in the photos appears to have a larger screen than the M8/M9, and is being held in a manner that suggests that it has autofocusing and live view.

For comparison, here’s a photo of the back of the M8:

We’re only about two months away from Photokina 2012 where this camera may be officially unveiled.

(via Leica Rumors)

  • ChristianRudman

    Man, I sure hope that Leica can find someone that knows how to hold a camera to test out the prototypes of their $8000+ cameras…

  • TSY87

    … so if they release an AF capable body… that would mean there would have to be a complete new line of AF compatible Leica lenses… $$$$

  • Barnaby Nerberka

    The way he’s holding it suggests AF and liveview, but I know what you mean.

  • ChristianRudman

    It suggests more that it is just someone who doesn’t know how to shoot an M. It looks like someone is holding a $10000+ setup like a $100 P&S.

    At least the girl in the first photo can hold it properly…

    And I hope to God Leica never perverts themselves with AF. Not that AF isn’t useful, and it’s a great technology, but it’s just not for the Leica M series.

  • Snappist

    Live view maybe- auto focus seems highly unlikely – apart from the focus motors, electrical connections etc, rangefinder lenses are not wide open between shots like an SLR, they remain stopped down to working aperture-

  • Mansgame

    Somewhere there is a trust fund baby licking his lips over this camera. I’ll take a D4 though.

  • Ranger 9

    The fingers illustrate a key feature of the M10: It comes with a servant to hold, carry and operate it for you, so you can create your photographic masterpieces without having to sully yourself with manual labor.

    This is a key feature for the typical Leica purchaser: an entertainment celebrity, financial-industry titan, or Middle Eastern potentate who has personal staff to take the drudgery out of all aspects of his/her gilded existence.
    As to the hand positions: Well, you know how hard it is to find good help nowadays. The M10’s personal attendant will come fitted with a remotely-controlled shock collar so that the owner can punish such transgressions from the key fob of his/her Bugatti Veyron.

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  • Barnaby Nerberka

    I agree with you. AF is NOT for the M, and I sincerely hope that Leica refrain from it… In retrospect, I honestly can’t quite quantify why you care so much about the way the person’s holding the camera.

  • Oyster

    The official camera of well heeled dentists the world over.


    Honestly looks like an M8

  • Anthony

    Maybe this will drive the M3 prices down… Please do.

  • digitalpain

    why don’t these guys just disguise the latest M10 as M8 and test it? wouldn’t that make sense?