Leica M10 to M10-P Conversion

August 04, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I dinged the top plate of one of my Leica M10 a few months ago. I'm not sure how it happened, but I think it was when the camera was on the floor behind me in my car and the camera rolled around. It was a small ding in the top plate and only cosmetic in nature.

Rather than replace the top cover, I opted to send the camera to Leica to have the full M10 to M10-P conversion. This conversion included replacing the top plate with engraving on the top instead of having the red Leica dot on the front. In addition, the conversion installed the new quiet shutter and touch screen which adds an electronic level.

I was without my camera for 7 weeks before it was returned to me by the Wetzler factory upgrade. When I got the camera back, it was well packed.

The camera worked great and the shutter is super quiet. Although the M10 has a quiet shutter compared to any DSLR, the M10-P is a whisper. Being a mechanical shutter, it is not silent like an electronic shutter, but it is very, very quiet. Perfect for shooting church interiors or other places where being quiet is appropriate and respectful to the venue.


 

Now that I've been shooting with the M10-P, I realized that the image metadata shows the camera model as the M10-P instead of M10 as before the conversion. Overall, I'm very happy with my decision to go for the conversion.

This will be the camera body that I take with me on our upcoming trip to Scotland and Ireland.

 


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