$29,000 24K Gold Leica Anyone?!?

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  1. Tappout

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    Leica MP Golden Camera Limited Edition for 60th Anniversary of Peoples’ Republic of China

    by Sze | Filed under Camera and Camcorder
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    2009 marked the 60th Anniversary of Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC). In order to celebrate the moment, Leica introduces its MP Golden Camera Limited Edition, which includes the Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 Gold lens.

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    Both the camera and lens are coated by 24k gold and the camera body is convered by Leica Red Box Calf leather. They have Mao Zedong’s front type 中華人民共和國萬歲 (Long Live The People’s Republic of China) red calligraphy and Tiananmen Square pattern.
    Only 60 sets are available and special serial number starts from the year 1949 to 2009. The Leica MP Golden Camera and the Gold lens are contained by a luxury wooden box. Each set is price at 199,900 Chinese Yuan (US$29,284) and is sold in China.
     
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    I wonder if the pictures are any good.
     
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    Uh, yeah... the camera is GOLD, hellooooooooooooooo!
     
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    Damn! How many cameras come in a wooden box??? :lol:
     
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    Wow, it even looks like it comes with a lens cap ... I'll take 2 ...
     
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    I guess we know where the red dot comes from now...lol.


    meh- It's only gold plated. If it was solid gold, I might consider one...
     
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    If it had some diamonds I would consider it...
    :)
     
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    Stupid.

    The only place gold looks good is in bar form.
     
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    Even he thinks gold is stupid :lmao:

     
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    I agree dumb....

    Ranks up there with the noctilux f1 special. Which is the same exactly lens but with a wooden box and a 400% markup:
    Leica Special Edition Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.0

    There are more examples.... of these special edition Leicas
    Gold has been done at least two times already:
    Golden Thailand Jubilee Celebration
    Leica M6 Gold Thailand
    Gold M4-2
    Leica M4-2 Gold

    One modeled after the car manufacturer, Jaguar. A few to celebrate weddings of some royalty or something...

    Camera quest has a few listed on their website with pictures.


    There are three special versions I would like:
    1) M6 Titanium classic. Looks nice and the finish is difficult to scratch.
    2) M7 Titanium. Similar to the M6 but looks better and the to half is solid titanium instead of the M6's coated titanium finish.
    3) The Leica M6J. 1994 40th Anniversary of M cameras. The insides and operation of the camera is all from the modern M6 BUT the outside looks like the 50s M3. A very sharp combination. Unfortunately, very rare and expensive.

    Of those, the only one I own is the M6 Titanium. Its been through a lot of abuse by the previous owner (and me) but still looks fairly new. The titanium bodied lenses that supposedly were made for the camera are actually more expensive than the camera itself.

    Speaking of gold editions. Practically every manufacturer has done one:

    Nikon FA Gold
    Nikon FA Gold
    Nikon F Gold
    Nikon F Gold - Index Page
    Canon F1n Gold
    Canon Original F1n GOLD Edition Model
    Pentax LX Gold
    Pentax LX Special GOLD Edition, 1981 - Prelude

    Out side of Leica, one of the most handsome "special edition" cameras I have ever seen is the Pentax LX 2000 limited. Also difficult to find:
    Pentax LX Millennium 2000 SLR Camera Model - Index Page
     
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    $29,000 to help the Chinese government rape its people on a daily basis. I would understand this post better if you were calling for a boycott of Leica. Sorry.
     
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    I'm sorry.. I fail to see the Chinese political connection to a camera product made by a German company. Who are you trying to send a message too?? China or Germany?? because a boycott of Leica would just impact a country/company that has absolutely no political involvement to the government of China.

    If anything, you should boycott all the CHINESE MADE projects if you want to make a real statement.. That would actually send the message to the appropriate recipient. Oh wait... almost everything we buy is made in china... DOH! You, I and all of U.S. are the biggest supporter of the Chinese Govt. Shall we be held accountable for their political actions?
     

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