This year Leica celebrates 60 years since the release of the first Leica M3 camera, considered by many to be the most iconic rangefinder in history. Despite the camera brand’s sparkling legacy they continue to produce new digital products that no one buys; beautiful design objects with zero regard for usability.
Such is the case with Leica’s latest offering, the new Leica M Edition 60 camera will feature no LCD screen. No screen! For the fabulous price of nearly $20,000 dollars you can have all the convenience of not knowing what you’ve shot. Innovative! I didn’t think it would be possible to top the Apple Watch as the stupidest invention of the year but this is surely it. At least it looks better than the watch, I’ll give it that.
Why any photographer would buy a digital camera, at this price, and not have any way to view their images (or access to any onboard menu) is beyond me. If the idea is to get people to slow down and remember what it was like to shoot film why not buy an actual film camera and shoot film? Or use a digital camera and simply turn off the display???
It is no wonder all the images you see on Instagram are taken of Leicas not with Leicas. Anyone who buys this camera should be required to attach a giant spinning red light to it, at least then it could be a pretentious asshole alarm system.
Many people are commenting on both sides (read all the comments here) but I stand by my statement that this is the stupidest invention of the year.
Wanting a $20,000 digital camera because it has no screen is like dreaming of a curfew. If you need someone to tell you when to come home then this IS the camera for you. Go and shoot $20,000 worth of film if you want to experience what photographers experienced with the original M3 half a century ago. Or save your money and simply put a piece of tape over your LCD, voila.
Inventions like this are so backwards. I’m looking forward when everyone is looking forward.