Pre-Order the Leica M-P 240 “Safari” Edition

Pre-Order the Leica M-P 240 “Safari” Edition

Leica is at it again and this time they have created a special edition Leica M-P Type 240 giving it the Safari treatment! I remember the M8.2 Safari Edition and today we have the latest and greatest M in the famous Olive color. This one comes with a 35 Summicron lens with round hood, a genuine leather strap and even a leather SD card holder. This is a limited run and will set you back a cool $10,000 or $1000 LESS than a standard M 240 and 35 cron, and you do not even get the extras with the standard version. So this is actually a bit of a ‘deal’ for a unique M 240.

Again, Normal price of a Leica M-P 240 and 35 cron? $11,000! So for this SE set you are saving $1000 and getting extras such as the strap, wallet for your SD cards and the unique round hood for the 35 Summicron. Not bad as usually these special editions are coming in at $2-$4k MORE than the standard pricing.


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From the website:

Leica Camera presents the Leica M-P Set ‘SAFARI’. This set comprises of the Leica M-P (Typ 240) Safari edition, Leica Summicron-M 35mm/f2 ASPH with round metal lens hood, a full grain cowhide carrying strap and matching SD & business card holder.

Leica’s safari/olive edition cameras date back to 1960 with the Leica M1 ‘Olive‘. Made initially for the military, the safari/olive cameras’ unique color stands out. Over the years, a handful of safari/olive editions were produced. Many of these limited edition cameras are highly prized collectibles.

The Leica M-P Set ‘SAFARI’ has an olive lacquered top cover, leatherette and bottom plate. The shutter speed dial, the On/Off switch, the release button, the hot shoe and some other details have a silver finish. The engraving on the top cover is reminiscent of the first safari camera in 1960 and has the classic Leica logo inscribed on one line and the wording ‘WETZLAR GERMANY’ on the second line. The 35mm/f2 ASPH has a silver chrome finish with a matching classic round metal lens hood. This set comes in a new packaging including a presentation box.

For the record, used M8.2 Safari kits go for anywhere between $7-$9k, and it also sold for $10k when new. So if you buy this, use it for several years you may only lose $1-$2k when and if you ever sell it. Not bad for 5 years of use. That is the lowest depreciation I have seen with any digital camera gear.


You can preorder the new M-P 240 Safari Set at HERE. 

You can also order it though Ken Hansen (, The Pro Shop, or Leica Store Miami. 

There will only be 1500 sets made.


  1. Based on your articles about this kit Steve, I went for this over a Q, or a black or silver for thousands more. I picked up an extra mint condition kit sent directly from Leica. Probably something askew that they fixed but it is exceptional and I love it. Especially since I saved far more than the usual discount. The Leica half case fits snug and perfect. Goes perfectly with my leather Figosa shoulder strap from Italy. I used the red Leica soft button and it’s really quite striking with the green body. I also received an included Thumbs Up and the other kit goodies. I’m not using the Leica strap since it’s too short for my use and figure I’ll keep it and the included leather card wallet in the box to keep them mint. I did install the Giotto glass protection on the sapphire display. I’m on the way to Tuscany to shoot and this combined with my Pentax K5IIs systems will be one fun photobag. I also picked up the Penax K to Leica M mount adapter from Germany. Well made and works like a charm. Now just need to learn how to use my pentax primes, and Voigtlander K mount primes on it. BTW the included 35 Summicron is a thing of beauty. And heavy.

  2. The ‘Safari’ color scheme is an old Leica marketing shtick. Not sure to whom it still appeals to. I imagine that the color was useful for Bundeswehr agents snooping about the Fulda pass in 1960 photographing Russians getting drunk atop their T55s.

    • No it doesn’t. You’d have to get a can of Humbrol to mix the right colour. I’m trying that now on my (huge, monstrous, lugging around, and all that) obsolete D800E. It seems to come out rather well, although several functions have gone AWOL (most of those I never used anyway), and maybe I should have taken the lens off first. Anyway, the effect (on the camera and the images) will be fascinating.

  3. Can’t wait for all the Haters to lose their minds over this one. Buy something else if you don’t like it….It’s a great deal and a great-looking camera. There have been numerous olive green, green paint, and safari schemes from M3s to R series for decades now…this is old news and not at all overpriced. Note that Voigtlander also makes Bessa cameras in olive green too – better start a letter-writing campaign of disappointment to them also for not making a camera more like the a7 series.

  4. The best part is the new M to be expected soon. Will they dare to make a (mass production) M without LCD, but “classic” M3 dimensions? Soooo exiting.

  5. love safari Leica’s. really cool would love to pick one up one day…. almost bought a used safari m8 in japan a few years ago…. regret i didn’t get it

  6. I normally love the look of Leica M’s, but that olive green is kind of nasty looking. I’d rather pay more for black.

  7. wow que lastima que Leica on este en par con Sony porlomenos en cuestion de tecnologia .Pagas mucho mas y recibes menos,aunque la verdad creo que a cualquiera le gustaria poder tener una!!

  8. I still have the Olive edition of the M8.2 and I still love it. Maybe I should buy this one also and start a Safari collection.

  9. Wow, I so want one, just don’t have ten grand handy.

    Safari editions have always been cool. I still want the R3 Safari with the olive painted 50 Summicron.

  10. It looks great, but has no additional technical advancements for the extra money. I wish they’d invest the money they seem to have for fluff into meaningful R&D. I love my M’s, but I’m just saying 🙁

    • To be fair I don’t imagine it costs a whole lot/takes much thought to say ‘Lets do the same basic paint change we’ve done before!’

    • It’s LESS money, not more. It’s $1000 less and you get the strap, new box, round metal lens hood and wallet. If you bought an M-P 240 and 35 Cron standard it would run $11,000. This is $9990 for the Special Limited Edition run, so yes, less money.

      • Yikes. I stand corrected! Saw the nice pic & assumed it was more costly. If I didn’t have an M, purchased at a price premium 🙁 I’d buy this edition.

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