The Bauhaus school of art and design in Germany is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding. Leica, saw this opportunity and decided to run with it! So, what do the folks at Leica have in store for us? Well, one thing you can bet on is the fact that it definitely is a special edition of one of their top of the line camera models.
The Bauhaus art school had an enormous influence on the trends in art and design throughout the west. The operations of the school were situated in Weimar from 1919 to 1933.
Which camera is getting the special edition treatment?
The lucky model that is going to be immortalized for Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary is the Leica CL compact system camera. The special edition is going to be identical to the regular version on the inside. That means it will come with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, an EyeRes EVF with 2.36 dots of resolution, a 49-point contrast-detect AF system. It also has the capacity to shoot 4K video at 30 fps.
So, what changed?
The only things that have changed are cosmetic in nature. The Bauhaus logo is embossed in the leather on the front of the camera. The Leica logo is also a muted black instead of an obnoxious red. The bespoke carrying strap included with the camera also has the Bauhaus logo on it.
The special edition is being sold as a kit. It is being paired with a custom version of the Elmarit-TL 18 f/2.8 ASPH lens that has been styled to match. Each camera will also bear a unique serial number to pamper the collectors.
According to the folks at Leica:
“The Leica CL represents the juxtaposition of iconic design and advanced technical standards.
“This portable system camera is a versatile everyday tool for photographers that delivers pristine image quality and sensory satisfaction.”
How much is it gonna cost?
There are only going to be 150 special edition sets. So, you can say that for $562,500 USD you will be able to snag all of them. Or, if you are normal and boring and just want to get one, it will cost you $3,750 USD. You will be able to buy these only at Leica stores and boutiques.