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    Yikes! Why oh why do they do this

    http://www.photographyblog.com/news/golden_leica_mp/

    They could at least have made a red lens cap.


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    The story is even stranger. And the irony is nearly overwhelming. WWMS?

    Is it April 1 already?

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    Bling it on baby! Hermes is most certainly jealous.

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    That's... Nasty.

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    Re: Yikes! Why oh why do they do this

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    http://www.photographyblog.com/news/golden_leica_mp/

    They could at least have made a red lens cap.


    Absolutely right about the Red Lens Cap - vital at that price!
    I wonder who dreamed that one up!

    You asked the wrong question though, the right question is:
    Why oh Why would anyone BUY this.
    you can hardly blame Leica for making them if someone wants 'em.

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    The irony is:

    The serial numbers start with 1949, the year Mao Zedong’s communists seized control of the country. Priced at $199,900 yuan, the golden camera and lens come in a luxury wooden box. Honestly, we have no idea of what Marx, Engels or Mao himself would have thought of something as blatantly bourgeois as a golden camera that costs hundreds of times more than what the average Chinese worker earns in a month, but we have the sinking feeling that they might not have approved of the idea…

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    It converts to $29,000 USD or so. I wonder what the commemerative red and gold S2 will sell for?

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    At least there is a more tasteful commerative M8.2 (in black) to go along with these commemerations....since us Digital users expect to be discrete at all times...never mind the "bling" Luigi cases, thumgs up and sometimes our own colorful array of camera leathers to refinish our M8/M9 camera bodies

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    you can hardly blame Leica for making them if someone wants 'em.
    The limited edition is for 60 units and I bet Leica knows 61 collectors (and probably more) that want (have-to-have) one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmb_ View Post
    The limited edition is for 60 units and I bet Leica knows 61 collectors (and probably more) that want (have-to-have) one!
    Exactly, and if they're making $20,000 on each of them that's a lot of money to go back into R&D. Just as long as I don't have to buy one myself.

    Bad Taste - sure - dreadful, but it does give us all a lot of pleasure being horrified by it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    http://www.photographyblog.com/news/golden_leica_mp/

    They could at least have made a red lens cap.

    Yep, that black lens cap is a deal-breaker. If they'd had the good sense (and taste) to ship this anniversary model with a red lens cap (as Terry suggested), I'd have transferred 199,900 yuan to a friend in Shanghai and asked him to pick one up for me.

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    Sorry eyes!
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    Hurts just to look at it.

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    Don't be disappointed, people. Just give it a few weeks I'm sure the Chinese will come up with red lens caps for it, with Leica logo and all. I bet you can't even tell if it wasn't from Solms.
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    Needs a gold lens cap with a red star on it!

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    Complete with "picture filter", tied into government database.

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    Having grown up in the Asian culture, anything with gold is a status symbol regardless of its appropriateness. "Beautiful babies" are adorned with gold just because it's meant to make them "look good".

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    For the amount of money they spent pulling this together, they should have brought out a digital R10....even if it was just a re-badged Nikon D3 with a Leica lens mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    For the amount of money they spent pulling this together, they should have brought out a digital R10....even if it was just a re-badged Nikon D3 with a Leica lens mount.

    Gary
    Hi Gary
    That's a completely spurious argument
    It won't have cost much to pull this together - really not, and it'll make huge and immediate profits.

    I think it's disgusting, horrible, nasty - but if someone wants it, and wants to pay ludicrous money for it, then why on earth should one complain.

    The idea that this is spending valuable assets which could be ploughed into something else is simply wrong - it's MAKING valuable assets, not using them.

    I think they should keep doing these things and put the proceeds towards bringing out a digital R10. Then whoever wants these things will be happy, and so will we!

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    What are you guys complaining about? I'm sure the Chinese will love it, and there's enough of them rich enough to buy the entire collection. I would be more worried if somebody placed this in my living room :



    Fortunately, I believe they are sold out (at a retail price of 165,000 American Dollars), but you can still order this one :



    Only eight are made, and I'm sure it's much more expensive than any Leica.

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    fun thing is; they (Leica and Steinwey) look cheap. (well; to me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by leif e View Post
    fun thing is; they (Leica and Steinwey) look cheap. (well; to me)

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    and vulgar too
    It's the way of all bling!

    just keep 'em rolling out if it means we'll get better 'non-bling' kit!

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    "Yikes! Why oh why do they do this?"

    Quick injection of funds. It's still yuk.
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    I want it. I'm bought pink florescent paint to fix the cap.

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    I refuse to buy a Leica until they come up with a Limited Edition "Hello Kitty" version

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    Must stop puking...
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    Hello Kitty. I like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Needs a gold lens cap with a red star on it!
    Bingo!

    Now you are talking. Leica could then add a couple thousand $ to the price.

    If the covering was called "Imperial Capitalist Pig Skin" they could have charged even more

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    Perfect discrete street camera in some parts of California and other locations where yachts gather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Perfect discrete street camera in some parts of California and other locations where yachts gather.
    -bob
    I was thinking it might go down well in Azerbaijan as well - when I was there in the summer there was a huge and gloriously bling yacht called 'Sedition'. I bet he'll order one of these!

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    Sigh.....

    This is the kind of thing that gives Leica users, in general, a reputation of being status symbol holders with more money than brains.

    The enlightened know better but still, I think this kind of thing really hurts the general perception of the Leica user/owner.

    It's gaudy, pretentious and embarassing. I'm sure there will be buyers but I doubt any of them visit this forum.

    Couldn't Leica think of a better way to produce revenue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post

    Couldn't Leica think of a better way to produce revenue?
    Probably not, Jim. Leica has what they have to sell and that's it! If they can gussy it up to appeal to the 'carriage trade' with a small amount of extra production time and money and achieve an inordinate profit, what's the harm?

    Those of us who run in more moderate circles have little concept of how 'they' live. Gaudy, pretentious and embarrassing are pretty subjective; my 'pretentious' being another's 'ordinary' at any given time. Heck, the car I drive today was pretentious (to me) 30 years ago, and it's only a Lincoln MKX. Those guys driving the MB 6 class are the ones with more money than brains.

    I'd bet that the photographers considered to have more money than brains are us! Us being those who shoot the 'garden variety' Leicas. After all, much less expensive cameras will take pictures that are thought to be easily the equal of Leicas, not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beamon View Post
    Probably not, Jim. Leica has what they have to sell and that's it! If they can gussy it up to appeal to the 'carriage trade' with a small amount of extra production time and money and achieve an inordinate profit, what's the harm?

    Those of us who run in more moderate circles have little concept of how 'they' live. Gaudy, pretentious and embarrassing are pretty subjective; my 'pretentious' being another's 'ordinary' at any given time. Heck, the car I drive today was pretentious (to me) 30 years ago, and it's only a Lincoln MKX. Those guys driving the MB 6 class are the ones with more money than brains.

    I'd bet that the photographers considered to have more money than brains are us! Us being those who shoot the 'garden variety' Leicas. After all, much less expensive cameras will take pictures that are thought to be easily the equal of Leicas, not?
    Yeah, what is interesting is that the western aesthetic sense is based on interpretations of the Greek ideal ... yet the pristine white marble Greek buildings and statues were actually painted in a manner we would consider gaudy and loud.

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    One word: sweeeet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Gary
    That's a completely spurious argument
    It won't have cost much to pull this together - really not, and it'll make huge and immediate profits.
    Yeah, I guess you're right about that Jono.

    I think they should keep doing these things and put the proceeds towards bringing out a digital R10. Then whoever wants these things will be happy, and so will we!
    If only they (Leica) would do that! If that were the case, I'd say make a diamond encrusted Leica for anyone with the $$$$ to pay for it.

    Personally, I'm not asking for much....a re-badged D3 or 1Ds with a Leica lens mount and proper focusing screen would be more than enough for me.

    I just don't want to take the drastic step of converting my Leica R lenses via the Leitax adapter for use on a Nikon and not be able to use them on my R8 anymore. I've got the Canon adapter, but focusing with my Canon 5D is not as good as I would like.

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    sorry guys, couldn't resist....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jklotz View Post
    sorry guys, couldn't resist....
    Ah, NOW it's perfect! I see an aftermarket opportunity.

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    Perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    http://www.photographyblog.com/news/golden_leica_mp/

    They could at least have made a red lens cap.
    I think a smooth finish works better, if you must do it.


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