The story of the 350kg stainless steel “Fake Leica”

As promised, here is the story of the 350kg stainless steel Leica camera from the Foto Henny Hoogeveen Leica store in Lisse, the Netherlands:

The sculpture was created by the Chinese artist Liao Yibai. There are only three copies of this “Fake Leica”: one is located in the store in Lisse, Leica Camera AG got the second one and a distributor got the third copy.

The camera body is based on Leica M6 and M7 and even has M9 design pieces on the back (LCD screen). This is where the name “Fake Leica” comes from:

The lens is a Summicron 50mm 1:2, 1953-1960 style:

The details on the camera are amazing:

You can get more information on the design process from this PDF document.




Special thanks to Foto Henny Hoogeveen who provided all the images used in this post. If you are in The Netherlands, you can stop by and see this 350kg stainless steel “Fake Leica” at the following address:

Foto Henny Hoogeveen
Kapelstraat 3
2161 HD , Lisse
The Netherlands
TEL: +31 – 252 – 415349

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