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Camera maker Leica teamed up with Hermes to create a number of limited edition cameras, the Leica M9-P Edition Hermes. This is the third Hermes-Leica collaboration, after 2003's Leica MP Edition Hermes and 2009's Leica M7 Edition Hermes.
There are two versions; one comes with a single lens and the other comes with three. But both cameras come with an ocre 'Veau Swift' calfskin leather body and shoulder strap; the metalwork is silver-chrome. Each camera also comes with a limited edition serial number to identify it.
The first of the two camera types, the 'regular' Leica M9-P Edition Hermes, went on sale in June this year. It comes with one lens, a silver-anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH and about 300 are up for sale.
But it's the Serie Limitee Jean-Louis Dumas edition camera that's even more special. Named after the Hermes head, who died in 2010, this Leica M9-P Edition Hermes celebrates his relationship with the Leica brand. It comes with three lenses, a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/ 2 ASPH, a Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/ 2 ASPH. And making it all the more covetable is the fact that only 100 of these cameras are available.
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