New: Leica Q “Leica Store SF” limited edition camera

A new Leica Q "Leica Store SF" limited edition camera will be announced tomorrow. I reported about this model and posted the first picture last month - see this post. The camera will be sold only at Leica Store San Francisco. The price $4,750. Only 50 units will be produced. Shipping will start in mid-December.

Here is the full press release and additional pictures:



Camera West opened their doors to the photographic community in Monterey California in 2000. Sean and Diana Cranor brought Camera West to the central California coast because they saw a need for a knowledgeable and well-rounded camera store in one of the most popular photography destinations in the world. Camera West's goal was simple: provide fine photographic products and offer the best service and support to its customers. After only a few years in their small space, Camera West expanded and opened the first "Shop in Shop" Leica boutique in the USA. Thus began Camera West and Leica's ongoing partnership. After several years in the Monterey and Carmel area, Camera West looked to reach the San Francisco Bay area and opened a store in Walnut Creek California, which encompassed a second Leica Boutique. Later, the Monterey store moved to Southern California, to the Palm Springs area. Camera West Rancho Mirage was formed with a new Leica Boutique built to serve the Southern California region. Camera West further solidified their relationship with Leica by opening the Leica Retail flagship store in San Francisco.

With the latest from Leica, fine pre-owned and rare Leica equipment, the Leica Store in San Francisco has become an icon for photography in the SF area and worldwide. Leica Store SF is home to a one of a kind Gallery featuring work from noteworthy photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ralph Gibson, Matt Stuart, Jim Marshall, Peter Turnley, Fred Lyon, Sebastiao Salgado and much more. With three stores in California the Camera West/Leica Store SF group of stores has blossomed into an ideal network to support customers with only the best photographic equipment both far and wide.

To celebrate the Leica Store SF and Camera West brands, we have partnered with Leica to bring this very special camera to you. The Leica Q has been by far the best selling Leica camera in all three of the Camera West stores since the day it was announced. We have chosen to apply a red leather covering along with a matching red leather strap with the "Leica Store SF" edition Q. Because Camera West and Leica Store SF entities are highly involved in the vintage, rare, and historical Leica equipment we wanted to harken back to the aesthetics, essence, and tradition of Leica Cameras so we decided to give the "Leica Store SF" edition Q the classic Leica script engraving that is found on cameras from the II, to the M3/M2 to the MP and M-P.

We are excited to bring the "Leica Store SF" Edition Q to the Leica community as a symbol and celebration of both Leica past and present, as well as the continued growth of all three of our Camera West/Leica entities: Leica Store SF, Camera West & Leica Boutique Rancho Mirage, and Camera West & Leica Boutique Walnut Creek. The "Leica Store SF' Leica Q will be limited to only 50 units and will ship in time for the holidays around mid-December.

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  • Mark Sarkisian

    Congrats!!!!

  • Nic C

    I live in Monterey and used to shop at Camera West when it was here. Sean and crew are awesome!

    After I got my job at the newspaper here, I bought lots of camera stuff from him and now that i’m shooting Leica stuff, I gladly go to them for stuff.

  • Tim Rule

    When you look at this camera, the Q, which is perfectly proportioned, neatly designed, and particularly attractive in Red … its very hard to believe that the “XY” camera is anything but a functional prototype.

    • Noodle

      While the Q looks great from the top, front and sides, i’ve always found the back hideous. I see more than a little resemblance in design language, but looking at the XY a second time i’m actually starting to see the appeal. At least in black. The only issue for me seems to be those two dials with the tiny lcd in-between.

  • My friends in Leica Store Miami must feel left out. They run a great store, too. I’d like to see a hunter green one with the panda (black and silver) look. Alas I am not quite rich enough for the special edition game. I wonder if enough people would like such a thing … but I’m only going to get a new Q when they revise the electronics …

    My Q is one of the best purchases I’ve made in my life. You really can’t beat it.

  • raziel28

    Maybe the best looking Leica at the moment, I really like it
    Regards

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