Since time immemorial, Leica has been the undisputed owner of the best camera crown, even though there are other cameras just as good.
That aside, some people may not realise that if you’re in the market to buy a brand new one, you have been able to have it customised to your own taste, just like when buying a new car.
Once you’ve chosen the body you want, either an M7 or MP at present, you then have choice of surface colour, rewinder style, top engraving style, control colours, leather covering colours, viewfinder magnification, frame line types, and your choice of personal engraving.
But get this….Leica actually charge you approx $200 NOT to have anything engraved on the top of the camera! Mind you, it’s not hard to believe really, is it, as the camera has always been the preserve of the well-t0-do hasn’t it?
And hot on the heels of this is the news that the famous Leica Photography award has never, 20 years to the day, been given to a non-Caucasian photographer. Most have gone to Europeans documenting the poor unfortunates of the developing world. That seems just about right too, doesn’t it, coupled with the Company’s passion for serving the wealthy?
Anyway, prejudices aside, there’s no doubt that yes, you may pay through the nose for a Leica, but it’s damn good value for the amount of engineering that’s gone into it.
But, and here’s the thing, owning one won’t make you a better photographer, period!