Leica might be German-made, but that doesn’t mean it can’t collaborate with other markets for exclusive versions of its cameras. The latest example of this are two new Leica M-P ‘Panda Edition’ camera sets, designed specifically for the Chinese market.
As the name would suggest, the ‘Panda Edition’ versions of Leica’s M-P camera features a white metal frame coated with a ‘special’ white paint and black leather trim to match. The back of the camera features a monochromatic panda logo with the ‘CHENGDU CHINA’ engraved beneath it.
Aside from the superficial differences, the ‘Panda Edition’ camera is no different from your average (is there such thing as an average Leica?) Leica M-P. The key differential between the two sets is what lens will come with it.
One set will come with a Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH while the other features a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. They will cost approximately US$14,000 and US$15,400, respectively.
Only 30 sets for each edition will be made available, so if you feel like shelling out the dough, act quick.
If you’re wondering why Leica chose a Panda as the theme for this limited-edition camera, they’ve provided a slightly vague and quite clichéd description in the press release, saying:
[We chose] “Panda” as the design theme of this special limited edition not only because the panda is a national treasure of China, but also because of its image representing Chinese people’s love for peace and kindness to others, strong-will and resilience to environmental change.
Keep doing you, Leica. Keep doing you. It’s been working since 1849.
[via Leica Rumors]
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