The Leica M9-P rangefinder camera, introduced in 2011, is a refinement of the legendary German optics firm's M9 digital full-frame rangefinder camera (below, left) that debuted in September of 2009.
Changes that warranted the “P” included a scratch-resistant sapphire LCD cover and vulcanite leather body cladding, the latter necessitating the removal of the famous red circular logo on the front of the camera (the Leica name is etched on top of the M9-P's case instead).
The M9 is not too shabby at its $6,995 sticker price but for stylish photogs even the mere hint of “shabby” is far too much. For those who seek to scale the snowy summit of photographic excellence – style-wise at least – Leica Japan is offering the Limited-Edition White Leica M9-P digital full-frame rangefinder camera though it's only being sold through selected Japanese retailers.
As exclusivity is a hallmark of upscale materialism, Leica has limited the production of white-bodied M9-P cameras to a mere 50... and priced at at astounding 2,625,000 yen or around $35,500 each, they're sure to sell like gold-plated hotcakes.
What does one get for approximately five times the asking price of a “normal” Leica M9-P? Well for starters, the 20.6 ounce white M9-P comes with a silver Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 lens and a white leather strap to match the white vulcanite leather body cladding. That's it... though if exclusivity has a price then Leica seems to have set it. (via White Rabbit Express and Impress Watch)