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New Special Edition Leica M Monochrom Will Only Set You Back a Cool $21K

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What happens when a camera company already known for their high prices teams up with somebody for a special edition camera? Exactly what you think happens, as illustrated by this collaboration between Leica and Nordic Foto Imports.

In celebration of Nordic’s 25th anniversary, the Leica M Monochrom is taking the leap from expensive, to borderline ridiculous.

Coming in at around $8k for the body alone, the Monochrom is already one of the more expensive pieces of Leica gear you can get your hands on. But these special edition shooters, which will come in a run of only 25 models and feature a rather minor aesthetic change and different standard lens, weigh in at a wallet-emptying $21,500.

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Available exclusively in Denmark and Sweden, this special edition Leica M Monochrom features a unique tan wrap around (as opposed to the black one that comes on the standard model) a Summilux M 1.4/35mm lens (made specifically for this small run), a unique display box and a matching tan leather strap.

It’s certainly a good-looking camera, but I’m not sure a tan camera strap and a few other aesthetic changes make it $21k worth of good-looking. That being said, if you’re in the market for a special-edition Leica, there’s a good chance ‘affordability’ isn’t high on your priority list.

(via Leica Rumors)


 
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  • http://currentphotography.com/ CurrentCo

    (instert dad joke that goes something like “oh that’s it? I’ll take two”)

  • superduckz

    Yawn…

  • MickO

    If only it had a playboy hello kitty on it, I’d drop the scratch.

  • apolloOMDEM5

    There is no reason for this to exist. It’s funny how leicafiles are constantly having to justify their purchases. I am an award winning professional and I only use (hold your breath) micro four thirds cameras. Yes you heard that right! You do not need FF, APS-C or $21,000 rangefinder cameras to take unbelievably beautiful images.

  • http://tahoeshooter.com Jon Peckham

    It’s actually and morally legal extortion and price fixing. These are very sick sociopaths that want to sell this camera for this price. Absolutely absurd. Only stupid would buy this!

  • Yodarkus

    It may be different for other Leica cameras, but this model won’t be bought by professionals. The target group are collectors with too much money to spend, which will probably never use it. But with only 25 of them the price will rise and you could sell it for a lot more.

  • Jason Yuen

    Exactly that. However, collectors are not collecting for the sake of spending money or because they have “too much money to spend”. Many people do it as an investment. There aren’t that many other options for camera gear that you can invest in and see them appreciate in value. That’s where the beauty of the manual qualities of Leica gear lies. There is no digital rot to depreciate the value of your lenses. Leica focuses on the bare minimum and makes them leagues ahead of the competition in all departments of quality.

  • behindthecamera

    Buying this camera is a sign from God that you have too much money.

  • arachnophilia

    professionally speaking, even if you DID need a leica monochrom to make your images, this $21K limited edition one will get you the same pictures as the $13K black equivalent.

    and you probably don’t need a monochom.

  • Aezreth

    I very much doubt any digital camera will be a collectors item in the future. In fact, contrary to mechanical cameras I doubt they will even be usable 50 years from now. Obsolete electronics has no charm, it’s just outdated junk.

  • Eden Wong

    Jon, you’re missing the entire point. This camera
    has nothing whatsoever to do with photographers or photography. It’s
    simply a fashion babble, that’s all. It exists only as an ornament, nothing more. There’s no reason for outrage.

  • http://tahoeshooter.com Jon Peckham

    your opinion is noted.

  • E. M. Crawford

    I’ve loved Leica for years but even their standard M bodies have become absurdly expensive in the digital age. Never thought the price I paid for my M6 would seem dirt cheap.

  • Paul-Simon

    That is completely untrue. There’s plenty of people collecting old electronics, and there will be in the future.

  • Zos Xavius

    its a limited edition. of course its supposed to be outrageously expensive. trust me, they will sell every last one.

  • Zos Xavius

    Indeed. I am slowly working on a collection of every Pentax flagship DSLR ever made! Now I just need an istD and a K10. :)

  • http://www.charlieboucher.com/ Charlie Boucher

    just curious awards you have won. I’m not trying to be a troll, just curious as I couldn’t find a link to your portfolio

  • Aezreth

    There are people collecting beer caps too, doesn’t mean it’s a good investment. But hey, feel free to buy one and I’ll buy a black paint M3 instead, then we’ll compare in 50 years and see ;)

  • Daniel Kennedy

    The M Monochrom does not usually include ANY lens at the normal pricepoint. The 35mm 1.4 included in this set is worth a little more than half the value of the body alone and is not available in the chrome finish as a production lens.

  • Paul-Simon

    I’d rather collect beer caps than leicas.

  • Jason Yuen

    That’s where it’s important to pick and choose what’s a good investment. Not all Leicas are, but some certainly are. Leica’s Tri-Elmar 28-35-50mm lens went obsolete when crop sensors became consumer products, but now with full frame making its way down to more affordable camera (ie. Sony A7), it’s boosted its value back up. To generalize an entire brand isn’t right.

  • Jeff Ladrillono

    I can’t wait to get one of these. My kid better start thinking about which community college she want to go to.