Leica have collaborated with Swiss artist and photographer Rolf Sachs, to create a new special edition M-series camera: the Leica M-P (Typ 240) “grip” by Rolf Sachs.

Comprising a Leica M-P rangefinder camera body, Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, case, strap, Leica SF 40 flash unit, brush and unique creative design- in an unusual table-tennis bat like finish and striking red colour. This combined with Leica’s classic camera styling is destined to become a collector’s item. The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition will be strictly limited to just 79 sets globally.

“For many photographers over many years, the Leica M has been a passionate love affair! Its functionality and iconic design attracts me as an artist and an avid user. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to ‘undress’ the camera and create a new look – surprising, as well as functional. Applying a material that has never been used before as an easy-to-grip camera surface created a striking aesthetic, and a unique tactility.” -Rolf Sachs.

As well as the more obvious changes- several other elements have been edited to- the engravings on the accessory shoe, shutter speed dial, on/off switch, video button and shutter release button are highlighted in red, rather than the usual white for instance.

A ‘Rolf Sachs’ logo appears on the back of the top plate with the individual special edition number of each camera engraved on the hot shoe. The engraved settings on the lens are also partly accentuated in red.

The Leica M-P “grip” by Rolf Sachs special edition will be available at Leica Stores and selected authorised Leica dealers in the UK from November 2016, at a suggested retail price of £12,500.