The exceptionally hard-wearing, olive green paint has a long-standing tradition at Leica. The first Leicasto be treated with this superior-quality enamel finish were designed for military use. It was not long before the cameras became widely renowned as robust tools that could withstand even the most extreme conditions. What started in the year 1960 with the Leica M1 “Olive” for the German Armed Forces, went on to become an enduring success story. While the Leica M3 and M4 in olive green were still manufactured exclusively for military use, a growing demand among private customers prompted Leica to release the first market version –the Leica R3 “Safari” –in 1977. This was followed by the M6 TTL “Safari” of 2000, the M8.2 “Safari” of 2008, the M-P (Typ240) “Safari” of 2015 and, most recently, the M10-P Edition “Safari” of 2019.
Planned production of 500 pieces only.
Rarity forcast: R8