You can have this beautiful Leica MP Titanium limited edition camera for $40k

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The Leica Store Miami currently has a beautiful Leica MP Titanium limited edition camera for sale. The price is $39,995 (there is another MP Titanium camera listed on eBay for $40,490). Here is the description:

The Leica MP Titanium (0.72) camera was introduced in April 2007 to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the opening of Leica Store Ginza in Tokyo, Japan. It was produced exclusively for the Japanese market was never made available for sale anywhere other than the Ginza store in Japan. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to own one of the 150 cameras produced, in this case, number 39 of 150. A signed (by then-CEO of Leica Steven Lee) certificate of authenticity is included.

All exterior metal parts and fittings are made of titanium, similar to the Leica M7 Titanium and the Leica M9 Titan. The camera weighs approximately 90 grams less than a regular MP. Even the special body cap is made from titanium, as is the ISO selector disc on the back of the camera. The Leica MP Titanium is one of the rarest and most beautiful modern M cameras that Leica has ever produced.

Leica Product Code: 10324

Serial Number: 3122166

Edition Number: 39 of 150

This one-owner camera has never been used and is in mint condition. The body has no marks, dents, or scratches. The base plate still has the plastic attached. The plastic does have some marks, so two spare plastic films are included with the camera should the new owner wish to replace it.

Included in this listing: MP Titanium body, titanium body cap, signed certificate of authenticity, Leica Barnack Club card, extra battery cover (slotted), test certificate, warranty card, instruction manuals, leather Leica neck strap, inner presentation box, two spare base plate plastic films, and original outer box.

Via Leica Store Miami

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  • John

    Um, and, ah… why would anyone want this? Love the cameras, but I’m embarrassed by the hype, pretentiousness and phoniness. This sort of crap takes away from the brand, it doesn’t add to it. THIS is why people would buy the new MP that doesn’t show the Leica brand on it. Its sort of like people who pay an extra $300 to sit in first class on a 30 minute flight…. wha?????

    • Dirt McGirt

      Bitching about a camera company that is known for extravagant limited editions is not only pointless, it’s just stupid. Titanium is super light, super strong, and difficult to machine. This is a collector camera from a brand that routinely offers special editions. SO WHAT? Why does it bother you?

      And just to clarify, the new M-P that doesn’t have the red dot is a new concept. Leica has ALWAYS offered a camera option that doesn’t have a dot. Did you somehow miss the Leica M9-P?

      • John

        I have some swamp land in southwestern Florida that’s going to be dry and great for building some day. Can I sell you some? You’ll make a fortune. Its very very special. A collector’s item.
        One of a kind!

        • me

          Please do let us know when you have a penthouse apartment in Manhatten to sell for cheap. Hey, cool about your swamp land, though, hope you can unload it on someone who doesn’t understand the difference.

        • Dirt McGirt

          That is possibly the stupidest response I’ve ever read. Why don’t you go back to the Fuji forum or whatever other crappy camera forum you came from?

          • Pablo Ricasso

            “..Fuji forum or whatever other crappy camera forum you came from?”

            A-ha, showing your true colors now…

            It must be disconcerting to know some ‘crappy’ cameras that cost 1/10 the price are atually better photographic tool, doesn’t it?

        • guest

          Does it have a red dot?

          • simeon galich

            I saw a red poppy growing on the edge of that swamp…it must be now at least 50% more valuable…ha, ha, ha

            Leica bozos…there’s one lurking in every corner.

    • Les

      John,

      Leica has been making special editions almost as long as they have been making cameras.
      It keeps a few craftsmen (and women) employed and generates a ton of publicity. That last bit is important because Leica’s all-new models are years apart.

      I see that it bothers you that a machinist in Germany was given a contract to make a Leica shell out of titanium, and that somebody purchased the resulting camera. The best you can do is to boycott all Leica products. That will teach them!

  • mooh

    Titanium. Besides all the hype, these (the M7 and MP) limited editions actually have a benefit: they are lighter than their regular brass counterparts that feel just like bricks. Sometimes, especially after a long, intense summer shooting out in the streets, I really hate the “famous” Leica “density”.

    If only these were not THAT expensive…

    • http://leicarumors.com/ Leica Rumors

      I think the difference in weights between the regular and Ti models is around 100g.

      • mooh

        I read figures like 90g. No matter.

        Makes quite a difference though. The 430g-ish Bessas feels well balanced, mostly because its ergonomically shaped rubber back (uneven contour underneath, once peeled it would require a lengthy trip back to the factory); the flat-shaped, 480g Zeiss Ikon feels good but not very solid for its size. For the 610g M7 and 585g MP, which are also flat, something around 500g (where the Titanium Ms would be) seems ideal.

        Titanium are more resistant to dent, too. For similar reason did Leica chose Zinc-alloy for the M6, if only it did not have the bubbles…

        Yet, few working photographer would be able to shed an extra $40k just for the reduced weight and material strength…

        • Maxwell

          “Yet, few working photographer would be able to shed an extra $40k just for the reduced weight and material strength…”

          Does anybody believe there’s a statistically significant number of working photographers using Leica any more?

          • Karen

            You’re right about that, but many working photogs I know (and you’d know them too) own Leica cameras that they use for personal work. There is also a statistically insignificant number of drivers who actually race the Ferrari they own, or go on a safari with their $100K SUVs. Neither are people really taking their Rolex Deep Sea 100M into the ocean on a technical dive or depend on tourbillon watches for accuracy and precision. It’s not the point of these products.

          • mooh

            For those who use their Barnacks, M3/2/4/5/6 and maybe beater M7 and MPs, they are not stretching their budget any further than those who invest in their DSLRs (which depreciate to nothing in less than a decade). “Leica” is a big term, as many of them had traveled in time long enough, longer than both you and me. It’s not only the brand new, multi-k luxury items we are talking about.

          • Maxwell

            All good points. Ironically, I may be one of the few people who has taken my Rolex to 100 meters on a technical dive, but that’s another story (!)

          • Karen

            Ahh, well that’s an impressive bucket-list item; 100M exceeds most UW housings. But let me ask this — at 100M depth did you really depend at your Rolex (with a flashlight) to keep time, or were you (rightfully) more focused on your depth, chemical mixes, time at each depth, all displayed brightly with your LCD instruments all of which do not need to add up in cost to be more than your Rolex? It seems you made my point . . .

          • Maxwell

            Agreed, and the old Nikonos V was pretty much useless below 60 meters. In any case, juggling 4 tanks and 3 regulators with different gas mixes doesn’t leave much time for photography! Knowing the potential for dive computers to malfunction, we always took reliable analogue watches so we had some way to track our dive time in a worst case scenario. At those depths, taking back-ups for back-ups is the norm as the penalty for equipment failure is a bit more serious than missing a shot through a camera failure…To return to the Leica issue, I was simply questioning the idea that there are many professionals using the brand for their day jobs any more. I’m not disputing the right to buy expensive luxury items – there’d be a Maserati in my driveway if I could afford one!

          • David

            On that note … I personally had massive DSLR failure in Svalbard at about 81 degrees latitude, 50 degrees below zero (Celcius). My Nikon DSLRs were all failing (AF was out of question, battery was dying in about 5-10 minutes as soon as I took it out of my coast pocket and inserted them into the camera body). At those temperatures I used the 5-10 minutes shooting the super telephotos but the whole production was not exactly facilitating catching the right moment with wildlife. On the other hand, I had hung around my neck a purely mechanical M6. That camera worked like a champ (you have to crank the film slowly, granted). Yes there is a place for analog in this world … somewhere on earth . . .

          • mooh

            “Statistically significant” is an ambiguous term that is not very constructive. For example, anything we talk about would be “statistically insignificant” compared to the consumer products. How many shoot their Mamiya Leaf DSLRs, are they “statistically significant” compared to the iPhone users?

            The misconception aside. As for your question, I do believe “working” photographers use their Leicas – I mean the Leica M cameras – “anymore”.

            I use them; people I know use them; and I believe anyone who is decent enough to demystify the “Leica” aura with their own judgement and have solid understanding of the M’s strengths and limitations, use it. It remains a fine tool in certain applications, and sometimes, comes cheap enough to be even cost-effective.

          • Maxwell

            “The misconception aside”

            Thanks for the lecture but I believe I know what I’m talking about.

      • gast

        That’s less than 3 oz. for you in the States.

  • Kynikos

    “This one-owner camera has never been used and is in mint condition.”

    Soon, it’ll be a two-owner camera, but still likely never used. Sad.

    • fjfjjj

      Some people argue that intended-never-to-be-used cameras are important, because years down the road we’ll use them to marvel at how things used to be. Personally I think that historical engineering feats are more marvelous with rubbed edges. It shows “history”, you know?

      Take heart: Fortunately it’s not always this way. Apparently someone is still shooting with Gary Winogrand’s old M4. https://cameraquest.com/LeicaM4G.htm

      • Kynikos

        Thanks for that, that’s useful/heartening. Agreed.

        Same goes for subject matter. A friend asked me to take some shots of his daughter with her new stuffed toy for christmas cards. I did. I saw another ragged teddy bear in the room and I thought it would make a more interesting prop to hold. Took a few with that.

        We went to the kitchen to get something to drink, guy’s wife came home with groceries. She wanted to see images. Well, I kind of protested (3″ lcd, no processing, etc) but she insisted. She got to the ones with the scruffy bear and started to weep. Seemed pretty over the top to me until she explained the bear had been her mother’s and her mother was sick in hospital. We had the christmas card, and some 8x10s besides. (Her mother lived. My friend she’s a demonic witch who’ll outlive us all.)

      • guest

        Saw that some time back. I wish it was true but look at that pressure plate. That is *not* the marks left by moving film but by film left in-camera for who knows how long, maybe in a humid closet. Personal effects too painful to look at for a long time, then sold off. I’d like to think a new buyer would use it but you and I both know that won’t happen. It has to be kept pristine; it’s a collectable. :)

        • fjfjjj

          Sure, someone left it in a hot attic for 5 years (or 10 or 20) with film loaded, but eventually the owner (or their son, or niece) started shooting with it again. Why would Gandy lie about that? Note that he didn’t buy this camera from the owner; he only borrowed it for documentation.

          • guest

            Keep your shirt on. Nobody said anything about Gandy lying. Sheesh…

  • Dante D’Money

    This camera is another example of what has gone horrible wrong with Leica ! Now I will be offering a special “unknown edition”….made from “unobtainium”….only one made and 100 years in the making. Autographed by every dead celebrity with invisible ink. The official name in the catalog is the “Hyp-A” limited edition. You won’t know the price until after give me a “blank” check and your credit application is approved for an unknown amount greater than 1 million USD.

    Ok….as much fun as that was. Leica has been playing people for fools on with these limited edition cameras for years. And the line of suckers grows ever longer. Shame on Leica and it’s management.

    Many years ago Leica had a real technological advantage to offer back in the late 20′s or 30′s. Leica lenses are good but not actually better than ZEISS or several other brands. Rangefinder focusing offered faster focusing….the best view finder was with the M3 as it was the longest rangefinder base, and a mag factor of .92

    Leica has proven HYPE is now the most important design feature.

    Seriously SAD.

    • Kynikos

      Your sadness is misplaced. If Leica wants to make Special Editions, I don’t find that sad at all. It appears to be god business.

      What I find sad are the people who buy them and don’t shoot them. This thing shouldn’t be in a box in a closet or under glass. I don’t believe inanimate objects have “souls” or any such nonsense, but if I owned a camera of this quality I would try to take it everywhere I went, and use it as often as the occasion presented itself.

    • Dirt McGirt

      What’s seriously SAD is your obsession over what a CAMERA COMPANY produces. Don’t you have anything better to worry about?

      Do you cry yourself to sleep at night because Lamborghini makes the Veneno Roadster, a $4.5 million dollar car that will probably sit in a garage under lock and key forever?

  • David

    The MP titanium was introduced for sale, in Japan only, in April of 2007. Majority of the samples are in the hands of Japanese collectors and very few actually made it out to the public. The sale price new was substantially less than $40K (I want to say it was about $9K new). But because this is such a collectible camera the demand, not Leica, has driven up the price since then. Since April of 2007, the S&P 500 has appreciated about 42%. During the same period of time, gold doubled in price (thanks to all the QEs). In this instance, the MP titanium appreciated 400% in price (assuming this is the FMV these days). This isn’t true for all collectible Leica cameras, but the MP titanium seems to be one of the more successful of all the Leica collectible cameras (and by the looks of it will continue to be).

  • Mr. Titan

    It’s a very handsome camera. When it was first released it was priced relatively ‘normally’ (like the LHSA edition M6, etc.) as a special edition for the Ginza store. It just so happens that it’s risen in value just like some cars can appreciate in value. Too bad you didn’t buy one when it first came out. :-)

    It’s often a crap shoot as to what might appreciate or not whether it’s cars, cameras, furniture, artwork, etc.. This has nothing really to do with Leica but simply due to the desirability for this particular object. That it’s also a working camera becomes kind of irrelevant now. It’s a collectible item (just like any other collectible that also has utility) and one that may have even more potential value down the road.

    If I had gobs of disposable income, I’d buy two. One to use daily and the other to keep as an appreciating asset. It must feel really nice in the hands.

  • http://www.gordonmoat.com/ Gordon Moat

    “This one-owner camera has never been used…..” is the part that makes no sense. I would value it more if someone used it and added their own history to the camera. When we look at the old Leica cameras of the past, used by a working photographer, those often attain higher value than a regular Leica of the same vintage. The value to me is in the precision of using the camera, and not what materials were used to make it.

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