Cameras are my favorite gadget. And if you can get your hands on a gadget that takes great shots, looks like a million bucks, and is exclusive, that sweetens the deal. If you are looking and all of the above, Leica Camera AG has just the thing you need. Following Leica M7 Hermes, the brand is out with Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès” and the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas” in collaboration with the Paris based fashion house. The cameras come wrapped in Veau Swift calfskin leather set in ocre that comes from Hermès. This leather makeover of the silver-chromed Leica M9-P camera extends to the shoulder strap as well. Automotive designer Walter DeSilva has designed the models.
Of the two, the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermés” features a silver-anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens, and is limited to 300 pieces at $25,000, whereas the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas” comes with three silver-anodized kit lenses; a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/ 2 ASPH., a Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. And a Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/ 2 ASPH. The latter is priced at $50,00 is limited to 100 units, and celebrates the relationship Hermès former boss, the late Jean-Louis Dumas, with Leica Camera. The Jean-Louis Dumas version will also come with an exclusive hand-finished Hermès camera bag, along with a portfolio of 200 black-and-white images on 190 pages, all captured by Jean-Louis Dumas with his Leica M camera.