Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M Confirmed

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Through multiple sources, we have confirmed that a Lenny Kravitz edition camera is coming now official (see below), and will drop in February. We don't know much more at this point, other than it will likely be a brass/brassed finish and nowhere near as cool as the Leica MP pictured below. He is of course, a Leica shooter and published a book called "Flash" which you can pre-order.


Update (02/12/15):

It seems we now have our first glimpses of this camera (which we have confirmed as legit)... Yes, it's a faux "aged" Leica M-P (Type 240) with two similarly treated black paint lenses - a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH and an (E43 v2) Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH - with case. Only 125 sets will be produced and each camera set will look unique.

Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, overall view

Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, close-up view

Update (02/13/15):

There will be a special Lenny Kravitz event at Leica Store Los Angeles on March 5, 2015! The camera will be released (for sale) alongside an exhibition of work and release of the "Flash" book.

Update (02/23/15):

Today Lenny Kravitz posted a teaser to Twitter and Instagram of:

Trying out the prototype of the #KravitzDesign #Leica "Correspondent"

Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, teaser

Update (02/24/15):

It's Official

It's now official! The LEICA M-P ‘CORRESPONDENT’ Designed by Lenny Kravitz camera set has been released! Here are additional shots of the camera itself - click any of them (above or below) for larger versions!

They will be available on March 5, 2015 for 22,500€ ($24,500 USD) - Pre-order NOW!

Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, front
Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, back
Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, top
Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, right
Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, left
Lenny Kravitz Edition Leica M, lens detail


Highlights

  • All black lacquered outer parts exhibit surfaces on which, particularly at the edges, the black lacquering discloses the bare metal underneath, which is usually only the case after years of heavy use
  • Of the camera and lens finishes are individually handcrafted and as a result no part is exactly the same as the next
  • The LEICA Summilux-M 50mm/f1.4 ASPH. shows the classic outer design of 1959 with the then typical, highly profiled distance setting ring. Its optical design is that of the present model though
  • The lens hoods for both lenses show the classic outer design made of metal. The body cap as well as the lenses´ front and rear caps are also metal
  • The camera and case cladding as well as the outer sides of the carrying strap and wrist loop is/are made of water snake leather. The snakes come from non-endangered and controlled sources.
  • The set will be delivered in an handcrafted case which is made in Germany. All metal parts of the case will get the typical finish which is usually only the case after years of heavy use, too.
  • The set is strictly limited to 125 units
  • All technical data of the camera and the lenses are identical to the serial versions

Press Release

LEICA MP Set "CORRESPONDENT" BY LENNY KRAVITZ DESIGN FOR KRAVITZ

The Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents in collaboration with musician, actor and designer Lenny Kravitz a special edition camera before: the LEICA MP Set "CORRESPONDENT" BY LENNY KRAVITZ DESIGN FOR KRAVITZ. The edition includes the digital rangefinder camera Leica MP and two bright classic among the Leica lenses - the Leica Summicron-M 1: 2/35 mm ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M 1: 1.4 / 50mm ASPH. - To be delivered in a custom case. The special edition is limited worldwide to a figure of 125 sets, and available in March 2015 for a suggested retail price of 22,500 euros per set.

Background of working with Lenny Kravitz is the passion of the artist to photography. His first camera was the Leicaflex his father, which was given to him at age 21 from him. In line with this, now many years old Leica camera, the LEICA MP Set "CORRESPONDENT" BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR DESIGN KRAVITZ, which is characterized by a distinctive product design arose. Thus, the piano-finish camera and the matching lenses as a tribute to a used camera equipment consciously worked out scuffs on how they usually occur only after many years under continuous use. For each product in the set is handmade and individually was provided with a "used" look and is therefore unique.

Another feature is the unusual cameras: the Leica MP from very high quality and robust water snake - naturally from controlled sources that are not a protected species. This shiny sleek black material is also eligible for the camera strap and hand strap for use, both of which are included. Real style is rounded, the LEICA MP Set "CORRESPONDENT" BY LENNY KRAVITZ DESIGN FOR KRAVITZ by the specially for this set, "Made in Germany" crafted case that is taking up the product design and also provided with the same leather as the camera.

Other outstanding features is the special version contained in the set of Leica Summilux-M 1: 1.4 / 50mm ASPH. The lens is held in 1959 in the classic design of its predecessor and has the typical features here as the focus ring with broken knurling and the finely knurled aperture ring.

In addition, the camera and the lenses of the LEICA MP Sets "CORRESPONDENT" BY LENNY KRAVITZ DESIGN FOR KRAVITZ correspond in their performance and the technical specifications of the relevant products from the series production. The Leica MP provides all the technical benefits of the digital Leica rangefinder system, is still typical for the M-System product properties such as durability and ruggedness. The two Leica lenses include high optical performance and deployment flexibility to the essential characteristics.

The photo book "Flash" with photographs by Lenny Kravitz released in March 2015, teNeues. The images offer an unusual insight into the nomadic life of a musician. The distribution of the photo book flash via the teNeues. The Leica Camera AG has the book also in Leica stores and boutiques for sale.

About Kravitz Design
Kravitz Design (KDI) was founded by the legendary music icon Lenny Kravitz. With a focus on residential, commercial, product conception and design, the company has a professional creative team has already implemented a number of projects worldwide. KDI is responsible for a portfolio of well-known companies, ranging from chandeliers for Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection suites at the SLS Hotel in Miami Beach and a two-story penthouse studio in the Setai Hotel & Residences. Last KDI was for the creative idea around the Paramount Bay project with condominiums in Miami, a collection of ceramic tiles for Lea Ceramiche, the reinterpretation of "Mademoiselle Chair", designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell, the set of "The Queen Latifah responsible Show "and an exclusive collection of lifestyle products for Fred Segal. www.kravitzdesign.com

About Leica Camera
The Leica Camera AG is an international manufacturer of premium cameras and sport optics products. The foundation for the myth of the Leica brand have laid the optics of the traditional company. In conjunction with innovative technologies, they provide up today for a better picture in all situations around the seeing and perceiving. The headquarters of Leica Camera AG is located in the Hessian town of Wetzlar, the second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company has its own offices in England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New, innovative products have driven the positive development of the company in the recent past. Lel

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Update (03/05/15):

We have word that the sets are mostly sold out of those allocated to Leica Store Los Angeles. Won't be much longer for those remaining elsewhere. Remember, only 125 sets exist.