Category: Leica
Leica | Limited Edition M Series Bodies

With the recent release of the gorgeous Hermés Limited Edition M7, I thought I’d post just a few of the special M series bodies that Leica has put out over the years. Some are just too slick for words, others are just silly gimmicks. These cameras definitely fall into the collector’s realm to be placed on a shelf behind glass under its own lighting.

There are many limited edition Leicas that are only differentiated by engravings on the top plate or an upgrade in the materials used for the custom hardware. They even produced a one-off M8 specifically made for Woody Allen.

For all the silliness involved in these special Leicas, put one of them in my hand and then ask me if I want it or not.

Here are a few notable limited edition M bodies:

M7 limited Edition Hermès

Available in a silver chrome finish and a choice of either orange or toupe calfskin leather. Includes a 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux, a matching classic round lens hood, a LEICAVIT M rapid winder and a leather carrying strap. Comes packaged in a linen-covered, silk-lined box.

Only 100 of each color have been produced and the current price is $12,950.

If you do purchase one, please purchase another for my friend Amanda and you will have her eternal gratitude. Then, she will leave the camera in her car when she goes shopping at Corte Madera.

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès

All-White Leica M8

This is a standard M8 though the lens is a silver finished Elmarit 28mm f2.8 ASPH. At the time of release, price may have been $9,000 but it is available at $7,000 if you can find it. 275 units were made.

This one is my favorite.

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Leica M8 White Edition

Armin Morbach and the Leica M8 White Edition

Leica Safari M8.2

500 of these M8.2s were released at a price of $10,000. Featuring a matte green vulcanite finish body combined with brushed silver accents and a saddle leather strap, the camera also comes with a 28mm F2.8 lens and a matching canvas and leather camera bag.

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica Safari M8

Leica MP 0.72X LHSA 1968~2003 in Grey Hammertone Finish

Commemorating the 35th anniversary of LHSA, this MP was also paired with a 35mm Summicron ASPH with a matching hammertone lens hood.

LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

Top Plate of the LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

Top Plate of the LEICA MP LHSA 1968~2003 Grey Hammertone Finish

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam Silver Jubilee 24ct Gold Edition

At one point, this camera was famously featured on eBay for a price of $21,525. It comes paired with a gold-plated 50mm Summilux.

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negeri Brunei Darussalam silver jubilee 24ct gold edition

The top plate of this LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition

The top plate of this LEICA M6 Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Edition

Leica M6 Sultan of Negara Brunei Darussalam Platinum Edition

I would love to see some of the Sultan’s photos though I am sure that he just pays someone to take photos for him.

150 units were made for this edition, paired with a platinum-plated 50mm Summilux and a brilliance-cut diamond in the top plate. His Majesty’s price? $93,499.

LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition, 1995

LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition, 1995

The top plate of the LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition

The top plate of the LEICA M6 Platinum Sultan of Brunei 50th Birthday Edition

You know, without a doubt, that I would still drop this thing on any sidewalk.


Henri Cartier-Bresson | France, Part One

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

MULHOUSE, ALSACE, France—The Tour de France, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MULHOUSE, ALSACE, France—The Tour de France, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Painter Leonor Fini, 1932.  © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Painter Leonor Fini, 1932. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DIEPPE, France—Normandy, 1926. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DIEPPE, France—Normandy, 1926. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France—A newlywed couple at an outdoor cafe in the Vallée de la Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France—A newlywed couple at an outdoor cafe in the Vallée de la Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ARLES, France—1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ARLES, France—1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

CANNES, France—Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk toward the Hotel Carlton, which bears a poster for Tati’s Mon Oncle, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

CANNES, France—Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk toward the Hotel Carlton, which bears a poster for Tati’s Mon Oncle, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AVIGNON, VAUCLUSE, France—1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AVIGNON, VAUCLUSE, France—1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ÎLE DE FRANCE, France—Along the Marne River, 1936. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ÎLE DE FRANCE, France—Along the Marne River, 1936. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

OISE, France—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

OISE, France—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DORDOGNE, France—Le Bugue, 1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DORDOGNE, France—Le Bugue, 1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—A Champagne vineyard, Marne, 1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—A Champagne vineyard, Marne, 1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

BOUGIVAL, France—1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

BOUGIVAL, France—1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos


Leica Sighting | Blood Diamond

In the movie “Blood Diamond”, Jennifer Connelly portrays a journalist and occasionally breaks out her black M6 Classic and a 35 Summicron to take photos. Annoyingly, the sound editors dubbed in the sound of an SLR firing instead of the sound of a Leica click.

Yes, I am a geek.

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in Blood Diamond

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in "Blood Diamond"

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in Blood Diamond

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in "Blood Diamond"


Los Angeles | Museum of Contemporary Art

At my best, when I am shooting B&W, my images are all about light and the way it interacts with the world. I will often shoot the source light itself, the sun or a bank of windows, all blown out and creating an area of dead space.

With film also, metering when shooting the source light is tricky because the range of exposure stops within the image is large. I tend to point the Lecia at the area that will have the proper exposure for the figure in the light, such as the floor, and then reframe. Another great metering tip with the Leica in tricky situations is to take a reading off of your hand when in the same light as the subject, the hand being the greatest gray card.

In this instance, shooting these two standing in front of an installation at MOCA, I metered the room and opened up three stops. I neither wanted the bodies completely silhouetted in black nor the light source completely blown out. I got exactly what I wanted which is a half and half mixture of luck and experience.

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles © Doug Kim


Portrait | Leyla

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron and a Mamiya 67 Pro II, 85mm and Agfa APX 400.

Leyla, Union Station, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Union Station, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, Santa Monica © Doug Kim

Leyla, Santa Monica © Doug Kim

Leyla, West LA © Doug Kim

Leyla, West LA © Doug Kim


Portrait | Cheryl Daro

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Mamiya 67 Pro II, Agfa APX 400 and Fuji NPZ 800.

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl & Perry, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim