Leica M9-P Edition Hermès
If here is one hobby that I have really got into over the last couple of years it has to be photography. I'm currently sat in a Starbucks in London waiting to head off to Newquay on the south east coast for week and I cannot wait. Just going to spend the time on the beach relaxing with a nice cool drink, There's a bottle of champagne that I got for my birthday staring at me from a bag between my feet. But that is not the real reason for this post. We are here to talk about the new Leica M9-P digital camera. What differentiates this from Leica M9-P's from months gone by is the fact that this is one of their special edition M9's and they've got help from Parisian leather house Hermès. Chief Volkswagen designer Walter de'Silva, the same man responsible for the design of the Leica M9 Titanium played a key role in the design of this camera. The top and base plates have been redesigned and the frame selector lever, the accessory shoe and the Leica script on the upper face of the top plate have also been omitted to further emphasise the unique status of this limited edition It goes without saying that the leather used throughout the camera which is called ‘Veau Swift' calfskin in ocre, is supplied by Hermès. The same leather is also used to make the shoulder strap that is supplied with the set. Speaking of set's there are 2, the first one is limited to 300 units and is on sale now. It includes the camera and a silver anodised Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens. The second set which goes on sale in June is accompanied by three 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. A hand-crafted Hermès camera bag is also included along with a book of photographs in black and white taken by Jean-Louis Dumas using his Leica M. As you can imagine all these bespoke touches don't come cheap. But you do get what you pay for. I guess you could compare it to a fine piece of jewellery as every Leica is made by hand using skills and craftsmanship that has been passed down from generations, scroll down below the break to watch a video of the camera being made.