Leica teams up with Lenny Kravitz for new special edition camera
Leica have unveiled the Leica M Monochrom ‘Drifter’ edition, created in collaboration with the musician, designer and photographer Lenny Kravitz.
Kravitz previously worked with Leica on the design of the special edition of the M-P (Typ 240), in 2015. While the ‘Correspondent’ paid homage to his father, a war correspondent who brought home a battered Leica from his missions in Vietnam, the Leica M Monochrom ‘Drifter’ reflects "the present day and the lifestyle of a cosmopolitan artist who travels the world and captures his experiences along the way in creative and impressive black-and-white photographs."
The set comprises a Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera featuring a matching carrying strap and two Leica lenses – a Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH. and an APO-Summicron-M 75 mm f/2 ASPH.
The set includes ‘The Drifter Traveler’, a bag in brown leather-look material. The set also includes two lens cases and two leather-look pouches in 'vintage style' for the camera and accessories.
Technically identical to the serial production Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), the camera of the ‘Drifter’ edition is finished in a special sepia-brown paint that can wear slightly in use and develop its own character. Selected elements of the camera, such as the accessory shoe, the thumb wheel, the shutter release and the soft-release button are finished in brass without protective lacquer that will develop a patina in time.
The leather trim elements of the camera are in leatherette with a distinctive ‘synthetic python’ snakeskin look.
The Leica M Monochrom ‘Drifter’ by Kravitz Design Edition is strictly limited to 125 sets for the global market, and it will be available exclusively through Leica Store Sydney and Leica Store Melbourne for RRP AUD $37,000.