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Last year, Leica warned photographers to expect delays when ordering the Leica M, telling dealers this was triggered by ‘enormous demand’.

Though the Leica M went on sale in early 2013, the firm says ‘international demand outstripped production capacity’, and it was
‘available only by order with a waiting time’.

The Leica M is a 24-million-pixel rangefinder camera with live view, HD video and an optional EVF.

The £5,100 camera was announced at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany in September 2012.