Leica Launches New M9-P Digital Rangefinder and 21mm F/3.4 Lens (Updated with Pricing)

Leica tweaked its M-series digital rangefinder line-up today with the new 18-megapixel Leica M9-P. Like its predecessor, the M9, the M9-P features a full-frame 24 x 36mm  (35mm format) sensor in a discreet but solid metal rangefinder camera body.

The M9-P is designed with an even more understated, stealthy look than the M9, featuring no model name or branding on its front plate. According to Leica, “the Leica red dot logo and the M9 lettering on the front have been omitted and replaced with the Leica name in classic script form engraved on the top plate, making the M9-P the quintessential unobtrusive tool.”

The M9-P also features a scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal covering on the LCD screen. An anti-reflective coating on the screen is designed to let you see your images better in bright lighting conditions.

The M9-P, like its predecessor, will be available in a silver chrome or paint black finish.

Leica also announced a new lens for its M rangefinder line: the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH.

The new camera and lens will be available in July 2011. UPDATE: The M9-P will have an MSRP of $7,999 and the Leica Super-Elmar-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH will be priced at $2,995.

More info here.

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