Leica's Limited Edition "Golden" Cameras to Celebrate China Anniversary Are Real
Jan 26, 2010
By Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist
Don't expect to get your hands on one though. Leica says they're very limited edition models and aren't available outside of China.
"We have made a small edition of 61 gold plated MP (cameras) at the demand of our agent in China," our contact at Leica headquarters in Solms, Germany told us in an email.
The Golden MP cameras first appeared on the Engadget blog and on LeicaRumors, along with images of a special edition Leica M8.2 and D-Lux 4 models which were also designed to celebrate the Chinese Anniversary. (Those cameras, however, aren't gold.)
The special edition Leica MPs are plated in 24-carat gold and are estimated to cost 199,900 Chinese Yuan ($29,300). According to Engadget, each is "encased in red calfskin, bears an inscription of Mao Zedong's favorite slogan, and sports a Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 lens."
No it's not April Fool's Day. And yes, as far we can remember from our school days, Chairman Mao was a Marxist not a Capitalist.
But hey, times change. If those gold Leicas ever make it up on eBay, we predict they'll fetch a lot more than $29,300.
Here are some official Leica photos (though they were captured for documentation purposes, not as marketing materials, Leica tells us.)