Leica Temporarily Halts MP Production Until 2012

In an interesting tidbit, courtesy of the Leica MP product page at Robert White (a UK-based and online Leica dealer) we learn that Leica has temporarily halted production of the stock and "a là carte" MP bodies until "early 2012." Leica "a là carte" lets you customize your MP or M7 camera.

Due to the discontinuation of an integral component, production of the Leica MP and Leica MP ‘a la carte’ has been temporarily halted. Leica Camera is actively working to secure an alternate high quality supply source and remains committed to fulfilling the needs of its analogue customers well into the future. We are currently aiming to complete all outstanding orders we have over the coming months any new orders of the Leica MP and MP ‘a la carte’ are expected to be fulfilled beginning in early 2012.

We don't have any firm information on what exactly that part is yet, but there's conjecture that it's shutter-related (on the mechanical side, relating to the slow speed gears).

If you wanted to buy a new MP, you'd better get to it quick while there's still some stock left in the channel. Currently, the standard MP is still in stock at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.