Leica Q Carbon limited edition camera announced in Japan

A new Leica Q Carbon limited edition camera was introduced in Japan today. Only 30 pieces will be produced. The price is ¥658,800 including tax (around $5,800).

Via DC.watch

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  • Pantechnicon

    Did they say why they had done this?

    • Les

      It’s a special edition, so it was requested by the Japanese Leica distributor. I’m sure most of the 30 are pre-sold.

      As far as “shouldn’t they be concentrating on something else?” is concerned, the CF body is most likely built by a specialized sub-contractor. The only extra work on Leica’s side is taking the order and banking the profits.

      I know most of the people who comment here would never ever build special-order cameras for paying customers, if they ran Leica. They would probably also run it into the ground.

      • RRDiaz

        Agreed. High profit special editions help fund Leica’s R&D. Now is that all bad?

        • Timothy Rule

          This is a carbon fibre “leatherette” right? I would say Leica is pushing the envelope with all these special editions … not so sure its funding R&D though …

          • RRDiaz

            I’m thinking that it is a pre-cured CF shell that is vacuum pressed on a CNC mold, then glued on. One for each side. That’s my guess.

      • Pantechnicon

        Well, yes, thanks for reminding us of the economics of it, but looking beryond the obvious…

        What I wondered is if the aim with this was to do something more than the usual simple cosmetic edition… if some genius was trying to push the envelope by enhancing a technical characteristic… for example reducing weight by using structural carbon rather than just a shell… that would make it a more interesting proposition, in my opinion.

        • Les

          It’s certainly possible that Leica is thinking about using carbon fiber in future models. It wouldn’t be the first time that they’ve introduced a feature in a special edition and then extended it to regular production models a few years later.

          • 3foot1

            Les, I’d be curious to hear a few examples of special-edition features that served as prototypes for the future. I’m not doubting you — just want to learn some Leica history. Thanks.

          • Les

            Illuminated framelines were first available in a special edition (was it the M9 Hermes?) and then became standard on the M240.

            The Leica M-D (Typ 262) with no rear LCD was preceded by the LEICA M Edition 60.

          • I think it was first introduced in the M9 Titanium limited edition.

  • LookBackTime

    Wow! Outrageous ! Leica is going from bad to worst with the speed of light 🙂

  • CHD

    If they are only making 30 pieces at a $1600 premium over the regular model you have to wonder why they even bother….what a waste of resources. $48k in additional revenue but what did it cost them to tool up to make these? How many internal meetings to discuss the design….review the prototype etc. Waste of time.

    • Pantechnicon

      I suspect this might just be a carbon shell: not really hard/ so expensive to do in the 21st century.

      In the nicest possible way, I doubt a lot of design effort will have gone into this. I would be surprised if Leica didn’t have a huge database of things they potentially could do ( if someone asks for a limited editon). An hour?

      It’s really not a waste of time if they cover costs, keep the ‘cynical investor’ market happy, make a small profit and (probably most importantly) generate a lot of publicity… Straying off topic, it will be interesting to see how the ‘cynical investor’ thing plays out with the digital products. In 10 years a delaminating carbon body on a fixed summilux with a redundant sensor might be a hard sell.

  • Heinz Richter

    It amazes me how uninformed many of these comments are. The camera has a covering of a specially developed soft carbon in place of the standard covering. Technically, there is no change at all.

    • RRDiaz

      Yes, purely cosmetic. I would suspect not very “grippy” as well.

  • Rory Darrow

    It looks strange.. like a Basket

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