Leica $20k film camera in 2022, or Leica says hold my beer

William Lewis

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Do any of these limited edition Leica units end up getting used (and gently abused) or are these intended just for on-the-shelf collectors?
It depends on the owner. Micheal Johnston of The Online Photographer has had the loan of a limited edition M10 - the Reporter model - and the owner of it told him to get out and _use_ it and not worry about dents or scratches as he bought it to use. That one is running around $10k IIRC now.

Others I'm sure would be horrified to even have one click on the shutter count.

I find my used regular model much easier to take out daily though. I do try to be very careful, but I also use it constantly. Which is the way, I think, it should be. If I could afford one of the limited editions and there was one that suited my tastes and needs? Then it too would be a daily user.
 
Leica does these limited edition cameras to raise funds for R&D for the next generation camera.

This Film edition camera will have a much greater value in 10 years than the special edition M8 that they sold to raise funds for the M9 development.


or a Ralph Gibson M Monochrom.


Providing those cameras still operate in 10 years. They will be 20+ years old by then.

I have a pair of very-low-production Digital cameras from the 90s, the first-ever IR camera sold in the Kodak DCS line (production well under 50) and a Nikon E3 full-frame digital from 1993, maybe 100 made. $12,400 and $7000 respectively when new. 1.6MPixels and 1.4MPixels respectively. Neither are work much now.
 
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rayvonn

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And here’s me looking at one of these at a London dealer for literally 100 times less.
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