HODINKEE is best known for their watches, so it only makes sense that they would apply that knowledge and experience to their first-ever collaboration with German camera maker, Leica. The pair of companies have come up with the Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE, and, just as HODINKEE claims, it’s a camera that “looks unlike any other Leica to date.”
The Ghost Edition is based on a faded “ghost” dial and bezel that belonged to a watch purchased by HODINKEE founder and CEO Ben Clymer when he was just starting out his career. Taking the look of that watch, Leica applied the aesthetics to the popular M10-P camera. The traditional magnesium alloy chassis of the camera was touched up with a brass top plate and bottom cover, which was then painted in a warm grey finish. The center section was clad in a gray leather as well. To keep the color tones working together, the normally red alignment dot on the 35mm Summilux-M lens was changed to white. The theme continues to the strap, which is a grey nylon Leica rope strap.
In keeping with the ghost theme, the M10-P shutter sound in graveside quiet. The M10-P also comes with all the features you would expect of a Leica camera, including the M rangefinder system as well as a redesigned touch-screen LCD that lets you check the focus in live view and also features playback modes. The screen also allows for swiping and pinch-to-zoom. The camera comes equipped with a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100 to 50,000. It connects to digital devices via Leica’s FOTOS app.
The M10-P consists of 1,000 components that take a combined 15 hours to assemble. With that kind of work involved, it’s no wonder that only 250 examples of the Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE will be made. You can pick up one of these cameras in the HODINKEE Shop or in select Leica stores and Leica boutiques. It’s priced at $14,995.