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Leica M9 Titanium – By Walter de’Silva | Detailed Look

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When it was announced at Photokina 2010, last month in Cologne, Germany, many pondered about one thing and one thing only – what took Leica so long? What they implied was the announced Lecia M9 Titanium by Walter de’Silva . Based on the venerable model, the new Lecia M9 Titanium was created under the guidance of Walter de’Silva, famed automobile designer from Volkswagen Group and head of the Audi Design Team. Constructed out of solid titanium, the new interpretations of the M9 camera was then bathed in special coating derived from sapphire-crystal glass to enhance scratch-resistance. In areas where tactile surfaces are needed, applications of premium leather which were usually reserved for Audi’s flagship vehicles. Similar to illumination and light effects found on Audi cars, a LED lighting system incorporated into the viewfinder by de’Silva means the elimination of the usual illuminating window. In the tradition of Audi’s functional, streamlined attributes, a carrying holster as well as a Nappa leather hand grab provide grant any photo enthusiast a sense of exclusivity. All packaged in a camera-lens set with the new Leica SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens, the Volkswagen Group x Leica M9 Titanium by Walter de’Silva, along with carrying holster, and hand grip. Numbered to only 500 units worldwide. Images via: SILLY THING