We all lust for “the best,” whatever that may be. It’s just human nature.
It could be cars, where the big 3 German manufactures are always on top. It could be musical instruments, where Steinway, Stradivarius, or for me a Gibson “Johnny A” guitar (Google it), are considered at the top.
Then there’s the PC vs. Apple computer — Well, we all know there’s no reason to debate this… don’t you?
For us that enjoy photography, there’s always going to be the “Nikon vs. Canon” debate, which always brings about fun rivalries on photo outings. (Canon’s obviously better!)
But, while we sit around having these fun little debates, there always the Leica. Though not many in “our circles” owns one, that name always seems to come up as the camera to compare against.
The one brand that we all envy, lust for, marvel at their craftsmanship, that hand-tooled metal construction. That leather grip. Their being a “range-finder” camera instead of SLR. That “Leica shutter sound.” Those remarkable lens. That compactness. That ability to shoot more stealthily (is that even a word?).
We knowingly both hold them in high esteem, but at the same time, stop to consider… Are they really worth the extra money? Or, is it more about prestige? Like driving one of those top 3 German cars.
OK, I’ll have admit they are nice. I had a BMW for several years. Loved it! On a winding road through the mountains, it was most defiantly — “The Ultimate Driving Machine” — When it wasn’t in the shop for another repair!
A Leica has always had a “different look” to their images, though no one could tell you what it is, nor why. Is it better? Or just different. Carried through-out the film days, to now even their digital models, there’s always going to be that Leica mystic.
But again, is it better? Even today, against the top of the line Canon’s and Nikons? Which cost much less — Ah… another fun debate.
Just the same, we’ll all still marvel at them, as they have now released a new, top of the line Limited Edition M9 — The ultimate Leica!
There are actually two special M9-P editions available — a total of 300 Edition Hermès M9 for $25,000, while 100 “very special” (meaning, even more exclusive) Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas models will be available for, ahem, $50,000.
Watch this amazing video on how each one is hand-made.
Now, watch the “unpacking of an M9” — My Canon is looking rather sad now — What, I don’t get white gloves!?
Thanks again for visiting,
Tony D. Locke, MM