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Leica It… or Not

Leica M9-P by Hermes (photo courtesy Leica Camera)

The NY Times last month had a special section, titled Wealth (no subtlety there). Front page of the section teases an article headlined Just the Thing for Those Who Have It All (except, apparently, intelligence or common sense). The front page and the first item shown in the article, is a Leica M9-P covered in leather from Hermès with a price tag listed at $25,000 to $50,000. Just what a hard-working photojournalist needs.

Earlier this year, I posted about someone who can’t live without his vintage Argus C3 wrapped in wood (instead of leatherette), priced at $1850. That was merely madness; this latest from Leica crosses whatever line there is beyond that. I know that Leica had to come up with ways to stave off bankruptcy a few years ago, but is this really the path to follow? Whatever happened to the workhorse Leicas?

Well-worn Leica M6 (from <a href="http://blakeandrews.blogspot.com/2012/11/camera-as-artifact.html" target-"_blank">http://blakeandrews.blogspot.com/2012/11/camera-as-artifact.html</a>)

(photo by Blake Andrews – click here to view more images of this well-worn/well-loved camera.)