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Gray body, Leica MP 0.72x Anthracite* Kit w/ matching grey-colored Leicavit-M


Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model

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Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model with matching grey Leicavit-M


Leica did had some rare instances where some of their cameras were having grayish or Hammer tone design (Check LEICA MP Hammer tone, LHSA 1968~2003 special edition section for more info). But in comparison, LEICA cameras in Anthracite-finish are more rare in nature. In 2001, we have witnessed a LEICA M6 TTL William Klein Special One-Unit Edition in Anthracite-finishing was auctioned by Christie's to support a French based NGO foundation. It could well be the first LEICA rangefinder model that had surfaced with such a distinguished body finishing after the millennium.

Since LEICA AG offers à la carte service. It may appears there could be some customary designed LEICA MP or M7 in different forms. Majority of those à la carte Leica bodies were mainly confined to change of leather color, types or in their respective viewfinder magnifications. However, whatever the request is, it is quite rare that relates to change of body colour or texture. Mainly it involves with very high premium for such request as it involves with production of various components/parts. Here is a very rare variant in grey as well as matching color LEICAVIT-M, also was supplied in a unique grey finishing.

The owner, Mr. Duncan Meeder from
www.fotohennyhoogeveen.nl® states "...The highly exclusive Leica MP Anthracite* special-edition model was designed especially for the Japanese market. Its lacquering is entirely hand-applied, and is resistant to abrasion. The camera is available as a set, with a Leicavit in anthracite, in a limited edition of 600 units. Individual examples are also available outside Japan. Other infor: Leica 50th Anniversary MP gray chrome Anthracite Titanium was made for the Japanese home market, reportedly 400 made with matching Leicavit and 35/2. It has a .72 finder, and classic old style vulcanite body covering. The box is clearly labeled "Leica M Series 50th Anniversary Model" but unfortunately the body has no such engraving. It's a beautiful camera, but what was Solms thinking in not engraving the body and winder? Only a handful were officially imported into the USA with USA warranty.....".
Leica MP Anthracite Kit w/ matching Leica Summicron-M 1:2 35mm ASPH
Leica AG Site has furnished only these infomation but exclude the detailed specification: " ...The highly exclusive Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model was designed especially for the Japanese market. Its lacquering is entirely hand-applied, and is resistant to abrasion. The camera is available as a set, with a Leicavit in anthracite, in a limited edition of 600 units. Individual examples are also available outside Japan. Stylish complement: The LEICA SUMMICRON-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. in a silver chrome finish is the ideal complement to the MP Anthracite. The set includes an anthracite lens hood and a silver chrome metal lens cap. These lenses are limited to a production run of 400 ...".

There was no other specific information such as which organization or group that had requested this highly unusual Leica MP unit to be produced. For those who can offer other information with this rare Anthracite Kit set, please help to furnish the complete info
***. The 35/2 was not presented and I am not sure if it was also being furnished in matching gray.

* By the way, Wilkipedia explains the word: Anthracite came from Greek word, literally means "a type of coal", from Anthrax. It is a hard, compact variety of mineral coal that has a high lustre. It has the highest carbon count and contains the fewest impurities of all coals, despite its lower calorific content. ** as shown on the top plate, the serial serial number is encoded with 14x/600 - meaning this is a limited edition of 600 units.

LEICA MP 10316 0.72x Antracite Kit 
w/matched colored LEICAVIT-M, SUMMICRON-M 1:2/35mm ASPH and Lens hood *** A Japanese site has quoted the camera was meant to commemorate "50th Anniversary of Leica-M photography in JAPAN" and only intended to be sold within the domestic martket. It has full kit which includes other matching accessories such as LEICAVIT-M, a SUMMICRON-M 1:2/35mm ASPH (11617) as well as a matched color lens hood. SEE A SEPARATE PROFILE FOR THE JAPANESE KIT/VERSION by a Leica distributor, DKSH JAPAN. This version of the explanation pf the LECA MP ANTRACITE could be more acceptable.
If the above is convicing, then the following showcased unit could be the "Export" model or additional models that have been made to satify deamdn from overseas market. The only thing is, was the lens w/macthed lens hood was supplijed as it has a lesser number of 400 units being produced than the official 600 units of MP Antracite. I would think some of the quantity was made without the accompanying lens.

Top camera plate and vaious features of Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model

Front view of Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model

Base plate of Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model

Leicavit-M in grey for Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model

RELATIVE:- Compare this grey-color Leicavit-M with either the Original Leicavit MP or
Grey Hammertone Finish Leicavit-M for
Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition

Base plate of Leicavit-M for Leica MP Anthracite special-edition model

original box/packing for the Grey colored, Leica MP Anthracite  Kit w/Leicavit-M, specially re-taken by Mr. Duncan
This is the original box/packing for the Gray colored, Leica MP Anthracite* Kit w/Leicavit-M, specially retaken by Mr. Duncan.

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popular
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