© Ian Wesley: Martin Hartley used a Leica MP camera with a Leica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens to overcome the extreme cold conditions.
World leading expedition photographer Martin Hartley used a specially tested Leica camera to beat the extreme conditions on a recent successful expedition to the North Pole with the Catlin Artic Survey project. The photographs for the mission would normally be impossible to take on digital equipment in harsh Arctic conditions, where temperatures can reach -45°C with wind-chill factors of -75°C
Regarded as some of the world’s toughest explorers, the team of three reached the Geographic North Pole on May 12th, ending a gruelling 60-day trek across the floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. The team also included the artic adventurers and navigation experts Ann Daniels and Charlie Paton. To overcome the extreme cold conditions, Hartley used a Leica MP camera with a Leica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens.