For those of you balking at the astronomical prices paid for photos in the art world, get this: Leica is releasing a special new white version of the M9-P digital rangefinder in Japan, and has given it a price tag of ¥2,620,000 (~$31,770). The regular version costs $7,995, so buyers will be paying an additional $23,705 for rarity (only 50 will be made), a slick kit lens (it comes with a 50mm f/0.95), and the color white.
(via Watch Impress via Gizmodo)
Last year Levi’s teamed up with Hong Kong magazine New Monday on an exclusive denim camera strap that was included for free with an issue of the magazine. The strap was produced with the same materials used to manufacture Levi’s jeans and came in both red and black. You can find the straps for sale on eBay for around $20-$30.
When the X100 was announced a year ago, some people accused Fujifilm of ripping off the look of Leica’s rangefinder cameras. The retro look worked though, and retailers have had a hard time keeping the camera in stock. Now Fujifilm is making another Leica-esque move by releasing a limited edition version of the X100.
Only 200 units will be sold in Hong Kong, and it looks like the only difference is that the black covering has been replaced with light brown leather. Maybe the next special edition will be wrapped in ostrich skin…
(via Facebook via Photo Rumors)
Want a wooden DSLR? If you have extremely deep pockets, nows your chance: Sigma has announced a special wood edition of its high-end SD1 DSLR, which ordinarily sells for $9,700. dpreview writes,
The ‘Wood Edition’ emphasizes the camera’s premium appeal by adding a casing made from Amboyna Burl, an expensive and decorative veneer taken from complex growths on a Southeast Asian tree. The case takes around 60 hours to cut, mill and polish.
Only ten of these cameras will be made, with each one priced at €9,999 (~$13,800).
Leave it to Leica to come up with strange ideas for special edition cameras. The company is collaborating with Japanese anime mechanical designer Kunio Okawara — the guy behind the original Gundam design — on an “Okawara Factory” limited edition V-LUX 30, which features a laser engraved design that makes it look like it’s being disassembled. Only 200 of them will be produced, with each one priced at ¥89,250, or about $1,150.
The P.90 is a limited edition pinhole camera by Kurt Mottweiler, an Oregon-based builder of wooden cameras. It’s constructed using Cherry wood and brass, has a tripod adapter on the bottom, and is loaded with 120 roll film.
French bags designer Philippe Roucou creates limited edition silk scarves using lost Polaroid pictures that they come across. There’s three limited edition series — A, B, and C — and you can currently buy a few of the scarves from the B series on REBORN for $CAD 261.75 (~$275).
Philippe Roucou collection (via swissmiss)
Easter is just around the corner, and camera case maker ZKIN is selling these limited edition bunny-style Micro Four Thirds camera cases for a good cause. Only 101 of them were made, and proceeds of the sales will be donated to the Society for Abandoned Animals. They’re available from DCFever for 620 HKD (~$80).
Nazca (via Photojojo)
A special limited edition set of three Nikon f/1.4 lenses is being sold in certain European countries (currently Belgium and Sweden). Limited to only 100 sets, each set includes a Nikkor AF-S 24mm, 35mm and 85mm.
What’s strange is that unlike what you typically see with limited edition gear, these sets are actually selling for considerably less than if you purchased each lens separately. In Belgium the set is priced at €4,899, or about €1,000 (~$1,370) less than the sum of the individual lens prices on Amazon. No word on whether we’ll ever see this kind of thing in the US.
Luxury Box f/1.4 (via Nikon Rumors)
A new limited edition Pentax K-r has emerged to steal the award for “ugliest looking DSLR” from the Korejanai robot edition one we shared last year. The camera is designed for fan’s of the Japanese singer Bonnie Pink and will cost $1,100 when they’re available in March 2011. Luckily, mankind will only be cursed with 100 of these cameras.