New “Stealth Edition” Leica glows in the dark and it will set you back $15,750

Mar 8, 2018

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New “Stealth Edition” Leica glows in the dark and it will set you back $15,750

Mar 8, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Leica has announced a new version of their Monochrom (Type 246) camera. Perhaps inspired by a famous Rollingstones’ song, this limited edition camera is painted almost entirely in black. The only white details are the markings, and they glow green in the dark. The overall look of the camera is absolutely beautiful, but there’s only one flaw: it costs $15,750, twice as much as the “regular” Leica M Monochrom.

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The “Stealth Edition” Leica M Monochrom has the same features as the regular model. These include 24MP full-frame B&W CMOS sensor, lack of color array or low pass filter and the same processor. You can shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24/25 fps, and ISO ranges from 320 to 25000. The body is made of magnesium alloy, and the grip is replaced with smoother leather.

To be fair, there’s something else included in the $15,750 price. Leica M Monochrom costs $7,550, body only. The latest limited edition model costs twice as much, but it includes a $3,200 Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens. Of course, it’s also entirely black, with glow-in-the-dark markings. It sums up to $10,750 for the camera body and the lens, plus another $5,000 for… being limited edition. There will be only 125 “Stealth Edition” Leica M Monochrome cameras available.

So, if you are a passionate collector of Leica’s limited edition cameras, or have $15,750 to spare, “Stealth Edition” Leica M Monochrom will become available on 20 March 2018.

[via DPReview, The Verge]

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5 responses to “New “Stealth Edition” Leica glows in the dark and it will set you back $15,750”

  1. Darren Jenks Avatar
    Darren Jenks

    I’m sure Leica just use a randomiser to price their cameras. “Hmm we’ve released another limited edition of a camera you can already get, how much should we charge? I know let’s just hit a button and see what it says, add a bunch of zeroes to it and boom! Prices” ?

  2. Royce Trounson Avatar
    Royce Trounson

    how is something that glows in the dark stealth?

  3. Cynicaleye Avatar
    Cynicaleye

    I’ll take two.

  4. Motti Bembaron Avatar
    Motti Bembaron

    The sad part is (and it is rather sad), there are people who run to buy it without a second thought. For some, the “red dot” is a symbol of prestige. A few might not even know how to change a lens. Some stuffy clubs will not even look at your direction if you do not own two or three “red dots”, let alone admit you.

    Does Leica pick their prices out of hat (or a randomiser like Darren suggests)? Could very well be. For many of their clients, the more expensive it is, the more lucrative it is. It is not the satisfaction knowing they can afford it, it’s the fact that most cannot, that delights them.

    imoho…

    1. MegaNickels Avatar
      MegaNickels

      agreed. well said.