Want to see how Leica’s cameras are made these days? Photographer Richard Seymour made this 4-minute video that provides a beautiful look at how the new Leica M10 is built in Wetzlar, Germany.
Leica writes that the M10 is exclusively put together by Leica specialists at the company’s factory in Wetzlar using 1,100 individual components. These parts include 30 brass-milled components, 126 screws, and 17 optical elements.
After the top and base plates are milled from solid blocks of metal, workers spend 40 minutes grinding and polishing them by hand.
Here are some still frames from the video that show different steps in the assembly process:
From beginning to end, there are over 50 different adjustment steps that go into making sure everything is precise and perfect before each camera is packaged into its box and ready to be sent out.
And that’s what goes into making a camera that costs $6,895.
Image credits: Video and still frames by Richard Seymour/Leica