Digital cameras aren’t necessarily known for being lookers, but that hasn’t stopped Leica from creating the M9-P Edition Hermès, a beautiful piece of hand-craftsmanship. It doesn’t skimp on inner beauty, either.
The Leica M9-P Edition Hermès features an 18 MP CCD sensor, and takes pictures in the 35 mm film style. To mirror that effect, the manual viewfinder is shifted over to better reflect the style of old film-loaded cameras. There are also a host of DSLR-grade settings you can adjust, like white balance, exposure correction, and exposure bracketing. The lens can be detached and changed for specific situations.
On the outside, the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès is lined with “Veau Swift” calfskin leather, which is handmade and hand-applied. You can see a pretty cool video of the craftsmen and women at work putting the finishing touches on the camera on the product page. The accompanying camera bag is also hand-crafted, with a strap made from the same kind of leather found on the camera.
The camera comes in one of two sets. The first set includes the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès and a silver anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens. That set will be a limited edition, with 300 units available. The second set includes 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. That second set is the only one that includes the handmade camera bag. It’s anyone’s guess how much these sets will be selling for, but I’m going to say probably a lot. Luxury never comes cheap, but it’s always nice to see luxury technology that makes the effort on the actual tech side, too.