Leave it to Leica to come up with funky ideas for limited edition cameras. After recently releasing a special edition “Le Mans” X1 with what appeared to be a simple sticker added to an otherwise standard camera, Leica is turning to exotic leathers. They’re releasing a limited edition X1 in Japan with black embossed ostrich skin. Only 80 of these cameras will be produced, and the skin bumps the price of the X1 from $1,995 up to $2,400. That is some expensive bird skin.
Apparently this isn’t the first time Leica has turned to the ostrich to make limited edition bodies — they did the same with the M6, and you can find ostrich-skinned M6 cameras floating around for sale on the web.
If you remember, the X1 is the camera that became the first compact to make it onto Getty’s approved cameras list.
(via Leica Rumors)
Amateur Photographer is reporting that stock photo agency Getty Images added the Leica X1 to its “Approved Cameras List” last month. A quick Google search turned up this submission requirements document with a now apparently outdated list:
If you are shooting on a 35mm digital camera it must an approved camera from this list: Canon EOS: 1D(Mk1,2&3), 1DS(Mk1,2,2n&3) 5D, 30D and 40D; Nikon: D2X, D2Xs, D3, D200, D300 and the Leica M8. All medium format backs (e.g. backs by Phase One and Leaf etc) produce sufficiently high quality images to be accepted by us.
The 12.2 megapixel X1 has a fixed 24 mm/2 lens, which gives it a field of view equivalent to a 36mm lens on a 35mm camera. It started shipping in January of this year with an MSRP of $1,995.
Any guesses as to what other non-DSLR camera might soon make the list?
Update: The list above is indeed extremely outdated. There is an updated version of the list that includes the X1