When it comes to cameras, few names garner the esteem that Leica has among seasoned photographers. Yet, for all the benefits of its innovative designs, it does create a couple of problems. For one, photographers with less experience are often overwhelmed by the rangefinder format. Others who do have adequate experience can be limited by the sheer expense of Leica models. To make the brand more accessible to those aspiring photographers, Leica’s newest model offers a simpler design that comes with a more affordable price tag.
The Leica M-E (Typ 240) is billed as the “entry level Leica M camera,” and for Leica, $4,000 priced new is indeed pretty enticing. It’s a newer model that replaces the M-E (Typ 220) released in 2012, and it’s half the price of the current M10 and two-thirds the price of the current M Typ 240 (while being almost the same thing). It’s a rangefinder, it’s a real full-frame Leica M, and it’s got the iconic looks. What more do you really want from a Leica?
The Leica M-E 240 features a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 0.68x magnification viewfinder, 3-inch LCD, and 1080p/30p video capture. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate, because Leica will only sell the M-E through the end of this month.