New Thumbs Up for the Leica M 240
by Brad Husick
Tim Isaac has done it again. He’s managed to innovate the already innovative Thumbs-Up, now for the Leica M (240). Just like the prior models for the M8, M9 and MM, the new Thumbs-Up for the M looks like it was designed by Leica themselves. The fit and finish are exemplary, and Tim has perfected this down to the 100th of a millimeter, trying different prototypes on my M camera over the past few weeks. Honestly, he goes to these lengths to make sure that it feels just right going on and coming off the camera without too much pressure or too little friction to hold it in place. I suspect that’s part of the reason these are premium priced – the knock-off products can’t compete with tolerances that are thinner than a sheet of paper.
The new design is unique to the M though – it’s thinner from top to bottom to accommodate the M’s larger LCD. The contour of the thumb rest fits perfectly to the thumb wheel bump on the back of the camera. As with all the recent Thumbs-Up products, there is a protective rubber strip that runs the full length of the contact surface with the camera to ensure no marking will take place. The curvature of the thumb rest is just right and really adds to the comfort and safety of holding the M. There’s no wiggle in the fit and the black paint perfectly matches Leica’s. I haven’t seen Tim’s silver version for the new M but I have an older silver one for the M9-P and it perfectly matches that camera’s finish.
Tim tells me he’s going into full production now so dealers will have them quite soon. I usually buy my Leicas and Thumbs-Up products from PoPflash.com, but full disclosure here – I get to keep this prototype Thumbs-Up for the Leica M (240) and you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands to get it.
From Steve: Thanks Brad for this 1st look! The only thing I can see wrong with this is EVF use. There is no way to use the EVF with the Thumbs Up so it will have to be taken off from time to time if you want to use the EVF.