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Leica Announces Limited Run of 25 White ‘Paper Skin Fedrigoni’ X2 Cameras

If you’re still upset that you missed out on buying one of those limited edition Ralph Gibson Monochrom cameras that sold out in five minutes, and that spare $28K is burning a hole in your pocket, Leica might have something for you — although it probably won’t do away with all that cash.

Announced a couple of days ago is a special ‘Paper Skin Fedrigoni’ edition white Leica X2 that does away with the traditional leather band on the body in favor of a special ‘paper skin’ and will only be produced in a 25-model run.

We won’t pass judgement on the looks of the camera — inevitably some will find it gorgeous while others will think otherwise — but Leica is certainly proud of their creation. They used specially treated paper called ‘Constellation Jade’ that they claim is better than even the best leathers. It’s acetone resistant, abrasion resistant and can withstand temperatures between -40 and 158°F.

And to top it all off, the final product is placed in book-style packaging to complete the “brand experience” they’re going for. Feast your eyes:

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The regular X2 — which, of course, this is under all those special paper layers — is a $2,000 camera, but Leica hasn’t announced how much this special edition will cost, nor when those 25 cameras will become available. Changes are good, however, that it’ll run you a good bit more than 2 grand.

To learn more about the camera or browse through more pictures, head over to the Fedrigoni Facebook page by clicking here.

(via Leica Rumors)


 
 
  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com/ Stan B.

    Can’t wait to see what Hasselblad does with it!

  • ReinoldFZ .

    Give me two.

  • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

    Fantastic video, beautiful product although how functional will be interesting to see.

  • Mike

    I’m going to sell functional Ferrari cars with glass bodywork. Make me rich, you rich morons!

  • Mark Brown

    25 more dust collectors. Look nice though.

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  • Mike

    “Heeeeeeyyyyy suckers! We’re wrapping a 2000$ camera in a bunch of useless paper that costs less than the camera, but you’ll pay us FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS to have it!”

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    get a smudge on the camera’s body?

    no worries, just carry a bottle of white-out

  • http://www.bradtrent.com Brad Trent

    Thees, ees a peese of paper…..and thees camera is a peese of bullsheet…!!!

    Wow…Leica has truly gone off the deep end.

  • Jerk

    Mind blowing video!

  • Jerk

    Funny gringo, because someone has an accent you make fun of them. How about they make fun of
    You for just being ugly as sheet.

  • http://deegoz.com/ Deegoz

    I’m Italian and the promotional video is disturbing to me.

  • http://www.bradtrent.com Brad Trent
  • Get it?

    Second skin becomes first skin….

    What about the fourth?

  • Mike

    Fourth skin becomes foreskin.

  • Mike

    Yay!

  • Mike

    They remove the paper, wrap it back in leather and sell for additional 5000$.
    It shall be named Hasselblad Originar.

  • Mike

    Throw it in the trash because it doesn’t sell for 25K anymore and will lose value every second.

  • vbn

    and then comes sweat from hands!!!

  • matt jones

    Does this make Hollywood celebrity Leica owners cringe yet? Or does the Emporer still have a fine set of new clothes ?

  • Uncle Herbie

    Why do you people give a crap what Leica makes, how much they sell it for, who buys it, or if they’re going to use it? How does if affect YOUR life?

    You should really assess your life and what your underlying anger issues are that compel you to lash out with vitriol against inanimate objects and their hypothetical owners.

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    That video reminds me of A Clockwork Orange. I wouldn’t buy an X2 regardless, but I think it looks nice. It’s probably the only vegan-friendly Leica option as well!

  • http://www.bradtrent.com Brad Trent

    Here’s the thing, Herbie. I dunno about you, but I’m a real photographer, and Leica used to mean something to real photographers like me. They made the finest cameras out there. They were tool cameras. They were cameras you aspired to own. You knew they were expensive, but you relied on them to always hold up their end of the deal and come though when they had to. Now the company is a Goddamned joke. They are quickly becoming the Louis Vuitton of the photography business. And that’s sad. It would be one thing if they came out with Special Editions that were technologically different or better than the standard models, but wrapping a middling camera in fancy gift wrap isn’t enough to warrant this kind of premium price in my book. And if they keep it up, they’re gonna see the exact kind of backlash Hasselblad is getting over the silly SE models they’ve been dumping on the Dentist market lately. So please excuse those of us who make our feelings known about what we see as the unfortunate decline of a once proud brand.

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  • Jon

    c’mon! “this” is pronounced/heard as “these” and it’s a blommin’ ad going worldwide for pity’s sake… so I also feel that they should have had the speak done by someone with a better accent!

  • Mike

    I don’t think that “almost new” cream is very good for you.

  • J. Dennis Thomas

    You know Leica still makes great cameras, right? The M, M-E, Monochrom, M7, and MP. Are these cameras made by a “joke” company? These are top quality professional tools.

    What makes Leica able to stay in business and keep offering these niche rangefinder cameras is by selling limited edition cameras to people with money to burn. If they had to rely on the sales of the “tool” cameras they would probably be out of business. Then who would make an actual DRF camera? Nobody. The brand isn’t in decline because they make high-end custom cameras for rich people, quite the opposite. They sold 35 cameras at $28K a piece in FIVE minutes. That’s not a decline in sales my friend, THAT is a company that knows marketing. If they were publicly traded I’d but stock in a company that could pull something that incredible off.

    So really, what’s the big deal? You aren’t being forced to buy one. It’s a luxury item, like lots of things in this world. I bet if I took a walk through your house I could find many things that I would consider useless. I don’t own a TV, but I don’t go on a tirade about how stupid and unnecessary televisions are. It’s my choice not to waste money on a TV.

    And to be 100% honest, when I see someone that asserts twice in one sentence that they are a “real photographer”, that usually means they aren’t. Real photographers make their case with images, not by making claims in chatrooms.

  • http://www.bradtrent.com Brad Trent

    Hey J Dennis…Brad Trent here.

    Before I answer some of your other questions, let’s get the photo credentials pissing contest outta the way first. I know YOU’RE are real photographer cuz when I checked out your website I saw it’s sponsored by Viagra and Cialis…

    http://damnuglyphotography.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/j_dennisthomas.png

    Hell, I wish I had that kinda backing, but I’ve just had to get by working in New York for a few magazines and ad agencies for the past three decades. And since your profile shows a post count that is 7 times more than mine, it appears you’re making a lot of chatroom claims yourself, so you might wanna rethink who’s wasting more time online instead of shooting.

    Now, as for the real matter at hand, my claim that Leica…as a company…is becoming a joke. Leica has tried their level best to remain valid in a digital world, but even the most generous of critics will admit that they are only producing acceptable cameras with the occasional really nice lens attached. Their sensor technology lags behind just about every other serious camera maker and I dare you to find anyone who has an M9 to honestly tell you the camera isn’t anything more than a poseur version of their old film cameras! The color rendering in the M9 was abysmal! But you don’t hafta believe me…every respected review site from DPReview to Ken Rockwell backs me up. Only with the Leica M Typ 240 have they gotten to the point where spending the tariff for a digital Leica makes any sense at all, but even then you’re left with a camera that weighs in at a pound and a half, which is hardly Leica-like! What you have here is a $7k fashion accessory. You should expect a lot more than a DxOMark score of ’84′ when you drop that kind of cash.

    And to further correct you, despite what you might think, this doesn’t ‘bother’ me…I just think it’s amazingly silly for Leica to market a camera wrapped in paper. It’s head and shoulders sillier than the ridiculous Ralph Gibson camera, because I would imagine that at least that thing has a tiny nugget of collectability to it and could even be considered an annuity which could realize a profit later on. But taking the $2k X2 and tarting it up with Paul Smith colors, wrapping it in white leather or gluing on some fancy Fedrigoni paper will still leave you with an overpriced point-n-shoot, and there ain’t nuthin’ luxurious about that.