Snap up a £36k Leica

Photographers can part with thirty-six thousand pounds to get their snappy hands on limited-edition Leica M9-P camera kits.

The special versions of Leica’s M9-P contain a calfskin-leather finish and are produced in a tie-up with luxury goods maker Hermès. The Leica M9-P Edition Hermès will be available as two kits, the first of which is out this month, limited to 300 units.

Priced £18,000, it includes a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH lens. Meanwhile, out next month, is the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas. Tweaks on the camera include restyled top and base plates, shutter speed dial and shutter release. A spokesperson for Leica UK said today: ‘The products have just started arriving… interest has been extremely high.’

Limited to just 100 sets, the £36,000 Leica M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas marks a ‘celebration of the friendship and collaboration’ between Leica and Jean-Louis Dumas, a former Hermès president and a Leica user – who died in May 2010. The kit includes a Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH, a 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH and a 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH. The £36,000 outfit is supplied with a Leica camera bag created by Hermès.”

It is beautiful – but thirty-six thousand pounds? Really?

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