The 1957 introduced Leica M2 was available from 1958 with built-in self-timer. However, there are small series after 1958 in which the camera was still produced without a self-timer.
Generally thought of as a cheaper alternative to the Leica M3, the popularity of the M2 among professional photographers grew, as the camera for the first time had a built-in frame lines for the focal length of 35mm.
This comes without the additional frame lines for the 135mm lens.
Starting with the Leica M4 the frames for 35mm and 135mm are combined and this type of viewfinder stayed in production until today.
From today’s point of view, it can be argued that the Leica M2 was the beginning of the modern Leica M series, and it is a little surprising that these cameras are still somewhat overshadowed by the Leica M3.
Total production: at most 52.860 units in silver chrome (excl. Canadian production)
Rarity forecast: R6