With the release of the M10-R — Leica’s newest, digital rangefinder with a brand new 40-megapixel sensor — there’s probably no better time to buy its predecessor, the M10. Photographer Evan Ranft takes one on a day out to give his verdict on just how tempting it is to drop six grand on a second-hand body.
The Leica M10-R was announced just a few weeks ago, commanding a price of $8,295. Essentially it offers a significant step up in terms of resolution over the M10 which had a mere 24 megapixels. Beyond that, the design is essentially still the same: the traditional dials giving you control over shutter speed and ISO sit on top while the buttons and sleek lines remain minimal and unobtrusive.
Given their prices, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Leica cameras are exclusively the domain of those with near-infinite wealth. Ranft doesn’t fall into this category, but he genuinely appreciates the rangefinder when it comes to composition, and understands why the Leica experience is so alluring beyond its branding. If you want to give it a go, Ranft is correct: you can now pick up a used M10 for $5,811.95.
Where Leica definitely doesn’t differ from other manufacturers is its naming conventions. For those confused, Ranft refers to the Leica M (Typ 240), a camera released in 2012 which was the successor to the M9 and M8. Leica then produced the Typ 246 and 262 before reverting to the original numbering sequence with the M10 in 2017. If anyone can explain this, I’d be grateful if you could leave a comment below!