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Limited Edition Leicas

Leica has often celebrated special events or significant anniversaries through the release of Special Editions of its cameras. These small-batch production runs are based on the technology and design of the regular camera models, but feature alterations, for example, in body material, color, and texture. In addition, the Limited Editions frequently have special engravings that mark the occasion of their release. The cameras also generally carry an edition number alongside the regular series number, and come in elaborate box-packaging to further accentuate their distinct character. As a result, some of the Leica Limited Editions are arguably among the most beautiful and luxurious cameras ever made.

leica mp frankfurt box
Leica M-P Galerie Frankfurt set

The special edition cameras are fully functional photographic tools, but few are actually used to take pictures. Instead, their beauty and scarcity entices them to collectors, who are willing to pay a substantial premium over the regular camera price in order to own one of these extraordinary objects. The Limited Editions are often carefully stored and maintained, so that it is not unusual to encounter LE-Leicas that are decades old, but still in mint condition. Such cameras tend to keep their value well over time and sometimes manage to achieve remarkable results at photography auctions. Hence, what might appear on first sight as an excessive price for a slightly modified camera model might – with collector skill and luck – turn out to be a high-yielding investment.

Recent special editions

Oct 2016

Leica M-P Grip by Rolf Sachs

leica m p grip
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) with Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4;
  • Collaboration with artist and photographer Rolf Sachs;
  • Main body covered by red nubs of rubber normally used in the production of table tennis bats;
  • Engravings on top plate dials highlighted in red;
  • Rolf Sachs logo engraved on the back of the top plate;
  • Limited to 79 sets;
  • Launch Price: $14,950;
  • Price: check offers on ebay.
Sep 2016

Leica Q Indonesia

leica q indonesia
  • Leica Q with green body cover;
  • Map of Indonesia engraved on top;
  • Limited to 45 units;
  • Price: check offers on ebay.
Sep 2016

Leica M-P Titanium Set

leica m p titanium set
  • Fifth annual edition made from titanium;
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) with 28mm f/2 and 50mm f/2;
  • Top plate, base plate and control elements precision machined from solid titanium;
  • Body 90g lighter than regular brass M-P;
  • Classic Leica script engraved on the top plate;
  • Limited to 333 units;
  • Launch price: $22,900;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Sep 2016

Leica M-P Titanium Ginza

leica mp typ240 titanium ginza
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Leica store Ginza in Tokyo;
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) body;
  • Titanium body is 90g lighter than regular brass M-P;
  • Rear engraving of "10 Jahre";
  • Limited to 50 units;
  • Price: check offers on ebay.
Jul 2016

Leica M-P Marina Bay Sands Edition

leica mp typ240 marina bay sands
  • Celebrating the opening of a new Leica store in Singapore;
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) with Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH;
  • Silver leatherette with matching silver-chrome lens;
  • Top engraving of the Marina Bay Sands skyline;
  • Lens hood engraving of a lion head;
  • Limited to 18 units;
  • Launch price: SGD 19,000;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Mar 2016

Leica M-P Galerie Frankfurt

leica mp frankfurt
  • Special edition for Leica store Frankfurt;
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) with Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH;
  • Grey top and base plate, and grey leatherette;
  • Lens styled like the 1960th original;
  • Handmade Oberwerth bag with the "Galerie Frankfurt" logo on the front;
  • Limited to 50 sets;
  • Price: check offers on ebay.
Jan 2016

Leica M Panda Edition

leica m panda back
  • Honoring the Panda as a Chinese national treasure;
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) with Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH or Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH;
  • Special black and white color design;
  • Rear engraving of the panda logo and the words "CHENGDU CHINA";
  • Sold through Leica stores in China, Hong Kong and Macau;
  • Limited to 30 units with 2/28 and 30 units with 1.4/35;
  • Launch price: $20,000;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
June 2015

Leica M Kinderlachen

leica m kinderlachen
  • Collaboration with non-profit organisation Kinderlachen e.V.;
  • Design based on cardboard paintings of children;
  • Implemented on Leica M by Munich-based artist Helmut Lutter;
  • Unique copy;
  • Winning bid at charitable auction: €28,800 (incl. buyer's premium);
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
June 2015

Leica M-E Kinderlachen

leica me kinderlachen
  • Collaboration with non-profit organisation Kinderlachen e.V.;
  • Design based on cardboard paintings of children;
  • Implemented on Leica M-E by Munich-based artist Helmut Lutter;
  • Unique copy;
  • Winning bid at charitable auction: €28,800 (incl. buyer's premium);
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Feb 2015

Leica M-P Safari

leica m p typ240 safari
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) in olive green safari-look;
  • Bundled with Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH;
  • Top plate engraving of "Leica Camera AG" and "Wetzlar Germany";
  • Limited to 1500 units;
  • Launch price: $9,990;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Feb 2015

Leica M-P Correspondent

leica m p typ240 kravitz
  • Collaboration between Leica and artist Lenny Kravitz;
  • Leica M-P (Typ 240) bundled with 2/35mm and 1.4/50mm;
  • Black snakeskin trim;
  • Camera and lenses intentionally aged by hand in homage to a well-used camera system;
  • Limited to 125 sets;
  • Launch price: $24,500;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Oct 2014

Leica X Edition Moncler

leica x moncler
  • Leica X Typ 113;
  • Collaboration with French fashion house Moncler;
  • Tricolore leathering: blue, white, red;
  • Engraving of "Moncler" on flash housing;
  • Pouch that resembles a Moncler down jacket;
  • Limited to 1,500 units;
  • Launch price: $2,950;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Sep 2014

Leica M Edition 60

leica m edition 60 iso
  • Commemoration of 60 years of the Leica M system;
  • Leica M Typ 240 with Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH;
  • No LCD screen - replaced by an ISO dial;
  • Stainless steel with anthracite leather;
  • Designed by Audi;
  • Limited to 600 units;
  • Launch price: $20,000;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Aug 2014

Leica S Summicron 100 Edition

leica s summicron 100 edition
  • Commemoration of Leica's centennial anniversary;
  • Leica S camera and Summicron-S 100mm f/2 ASPH;
  • "Linsenschnitt" engraving on both camera and lens;
  • Matte black finish with black chrome strap lugs and controls;
  • Limited to 100 sets;
  • Launch price: $30,000;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
June 2014

Leica M Limited Edition

leica m centennial
  • Commemoration of Leica's centennial anniversary;
  • Leica M (Typ 240) in either black or silver chrome;
  • Engraving with the centennial logo on top of the camera;
  • Limited to 250 black and 250 chrome units;
  • Launch price: $8,600;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
May 2014

Leica X Vario Leitzpark

leica x vario leitzpark
  • Official opening of the new company complex in Wetzlar ;
  • Leica X Vario compact camera;
  • Engraving of "Leitzpark" on the top;
  • Limited to 200 units;
  • Price: check offers on ebay.
Mar 2014

Leica D-Lux 6 Edition 100

leica d lux edition 100
  • Commemoration of Leica's centennial anniversary;
  • Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera;
  • Two-color finish with a silver lens and a high-gloss black camera body;
  • Engraving with the centennial logo on the camera front;
  • Limited to 5,000 units;
  • Launch price: $950;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Feb 2014

Leica S Edition 100

leica s edition 100
  • Commemoration of Leica's centennial anniversary;
  • Leica S (Typ 006) with Summarit-S 70 mm f/2.5 ASPH CS and Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH CS;
  • Engraving with the centennial logo on both camera and lenses;
  • Launch price: $34,500;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Nov 2013

Leica M for (RED)

leica m ive newson
  • Leica M designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson;
  • Custom made for the (RED) charitable auction 2013;
  • Main body of magnesium die-cast;
  • Outer shell of milled and anodized aluminum;
  • Lens based on APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH;
  • Only one unit made;
  • Winning auction bid: $1,8 million.
June 2013

Leica D-Lux 6 Edition G-Star Raw

leica d lux edition g star
  • Collaboration with clothing manufacturer G-Star Raw;
  • Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera;
  • Camera front and sides covered in textured leather;
  • Top plate engraving "LEICA BY G-STAR RAW...JUST THE PRODUCT";
  • Custom leather carrying case, neck strap and wrist strap;
  • Launch price: $1,150;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
July 2012

Leica M9-P Edition Hermès - Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas

leica m9 p hermes set
  • Dedicated to the memory of Jean-Louis Dumas, the former president of Hermès;
  • Silver-chromed M9-P and three lenses;
  • Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH;
  • Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95;
  • Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/2 ASPH
  • Camera covered by "Veau Swift" calfskin leather in "ocre";
  • Redesigned top deck, base plate, shutter speed dial, multifunction wheel and shutter release;
  • Limited to 100 sets;
  • Launch price: $50,000;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
June 2012

Leica M9-P Edition Hermès

leica m9 p hermes
  • Collaboration between Leica and fashion house Hermès;
  • Silver-chromed M9-P with Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH;
  • Camera covered by "Veau Swift" calfskin leather in "ocre";
  • Redesigned top deck, base plate, shutter speed dial, multifunction wheel and shutter release;
  • Limited to 300 units;
  • Launch price: $25,000;
  • Street Price: check offers on ebay.
Selected Leica M-system limited editions
ModelYearLimitDescriptionLaunch
price
Ebay
price
Leica M-P (Typ 240) Grip by Rolf Sachs201679Body covered by red rubber nubs; with 1.4/35$14,950check
Leica M-P (Typ 240) Titanium Set2016333Top, base and controls in titanium; with 2/28 and 2/50$22,900check
Leica M-P (Typ 240) Titanium Ginza20165010th anniversary of the Leica Store Ginza/Tokyo..check
Leica M-P Marina Bay Sands Edition201618Opening of a new store at Marina Bay Sands; bundled with 1.4/35SGD 19,000check
Leica M-P Galerie Frankfurt201650Set with 1.4/50 and Oberwerth bag..check
Leica M Panda Edition201660Honoring the Panda in China; bundled with 2/28mm or 1.4/35$20,000check
Leica M-P Safari20151,500Olive green safari-look; bundled with 2/35mm$9,990check
Leica M-P Correspondent2015125Intentionally aged look; designed by Lenny Kravitz$24,500check
Leica M Edition 60201460060 years of M-system; bundled with 1.4/35mm$20,000check
Leica M Limited Edition2014500100 years of Leica; centennial logo engraving$8,600check
Leica M Monochrom Leitzpark2014100Openning of the new company complex in Wetzlar..check
Leica M for (RED)20131Designed for charitable auction; bundled with 2/50$1.8 millioncheck
Leica M9-P Hermès - Jean-Louis Dumas2012100Set with 2/28, 0.95/50, 2/90; calf-skin leathering$50,000check
Leica M9-P Hermès2012300Set with 1.4/50mm; calf-skin leathering$25,000check
Leica M9-P White201250Opening of Leica Daimaru Tokyo store; with 0.95/50mm$31,000check
Leica MP Taiwan Centenary Establishment2012100Grey upper and lower lids; plum blossom engraving$12,000check
Leica M9-P White201250White leather body with Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 ASPH$30,000check
Leica M9 Titanium2010500Titanium body designed by Walter de Silva; with 1.4/35$29,000check
Leica M9 Neiman Marcus201050Ostrich leather body cover; with 2/35$12,950check
Leica M-P Gold "60 Years PRC"200960Body gold plated and covered in red calf's skin$29,300check
Leica M8 White2009275Set with Elmarit 2.8/28mm..check
Leica M7 Hermès edition2009200Collaboration with French fashion house Hermès..check
Leica M-P Titanium (0.72) Japan2007196First anniversary of the Leica Ginza Store, Tokyo..check
Leica M7 Titanium20031,000Commemoration of 50 years of Leica M..check
Leica M-P Grey Hammertone LHSA2003600Commemoration of 35 years of LHSA..check
Leica M6 TTL Sheik Saud Al-Thani200116First prize in annual Qatari photo competition-check
Leica M6 Jaguar XK19985050th anniversary of the Jaguar XK sports car£3,600check
Leica M6 Ein Stück Leica1996996Commemorating the stock exchange listing of Leica..check
Leica M6 Sultan of Brunei1996350Gold plated body with elaborate engraving and 1.4/50..check
Leica M6 Historica199515020th anniversary of Leica Historica Germany..check
Leica M6J19941,64040th Jubilee of the Leica M-series..check
Leica M6 Platinum "150 Years"19891,000Commemorating 150 years of photography..check
Leica M4-P "1913-1983"19832,50070th anniversary of Leica..check
Leica M4-2 Oskar Barnack19791,000100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack..check
Leica M5 Jubilee19751,750Commemoration of 50 years of Leica cameras..check
Selected Leica S-system limited editions
ModelYearLimitDescriptionLaunch
price
Ebay
price
Leica S Summicron 100 edition2014100Leica S with 2/100mm; "Linsenschnitt" engraving$30,000check
Leica S Edition 1002014..100 years of Leica; Set with 2.8/30 and 2.5/70$34,500check
Leica S Leitzpark201420Openning of the new company complex in Wetzlar..check
Selected Leica R-system limited editions
ModelYearLimitDescriptionLaunch
price
Ebay
price
Leica R6.2 Gold Hongkong1997300Changeover of Sovereignty from UK to China..check
Leica R6.2 Gold Singapore199515030th Anniversary of Singapore's Independence..check
Leica R7 Urushi Nihon Siber Hegner1995200130th anniversary of Japanese Leica dealer Nihon Siber Hegner..check
Leica R-E Olympische Spiele19925,000Set for the Olympic Games 1992; with 28-70mm..check
Leica R4 Gold19841,000Gold plated top and base; snake leather; matching 1.4/50..check
Leica R4 Everest1982200Successful scaling of Mount Everest by a Canadian expedition..check
Leica R3 Oskar Barnack19791,000100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack..check
Leica R3 LHSA197810010th anniversary of Leica Historical Society of America..check
Leica R3 Safari19762,500Olive green body (with case and matching lenses)..check
Leicaflex SL-2 "50 Jahre"1974..50-year anniversary of Leitz Camera..check
Selected Leica fixed-lens camera limited editions
ModelYearLimitDescriptionLaunch
price
Ebay
price
Leica Q Indonesia201645Green body cover; map of Indonesia engraved on top..check
Leica X Edition Moncler20141,500Collaboration with French fashion house Moncler$2,950check
Leica X-Vario Leitzpark2014200Openning of the new company complex in Wetzlar..check
Leica D-Lux 6 edition 10020145,000100 years of Leica; "Centennial logo" on front$950check
Leica D-Lux 6 by G-Star Raw2013..Collaboration with Dutch denim producer G-Star Raw$1,150check
Leica X2 Paul Smith20121,500Eye-catching orange/green/yellow design by Paul Smith€2,399check
Leica X1 Jochen Rindt20106840th anniversary of the death of F1 driver Jochen Rindt€2,150check
Leica D-Lux 4 Safari20096,000Olive green anodized body$995check

Further Reading

New Limited Editions are sometimes announced through an official Leica press release, while smaller or geographically limited launches are covered only by specialized news services, such as leicarumors.com. For technical details on regular Leica equipment, you might want to have a look at the M-camera and R-camera compendiums on this site, as well as the respective M-lens and R-lens overview pages.