The camera collection of Leica Store Lisse

From the Leica Store Lisse Facebook page – here is some of the camera collection of Leica Store Lisse:

Still in our collection is the unique silver Monochrom ‘Ralph Gibson’ prototype: N00/35 with black signature on the top plate and with black leather covering. Only 2 prototypes have been made of which one was engraved with a red signature on the top plate and covered with red leather (sold at Westlicht auction in Vienna in March 2014) and this one.

This camera stood model for the 35 sets; Leica M Monochrom edition “Ralph Gibson” including a Summilux-M 1:1.4 / 35mm ASPH lens, which features a silver-anodized chrome finish (which was not produced at that time). Leica Store Lisse produced this together with Leica and released these sets on 11-12-13 together with the famous and well known “Mono” book. For decades Ralph was convinced that digital photography would never compare to analogue photography, but ever since we sent him the Leica M Monochrom for digital photography he never ever used an analogue camera.

Still in our collection, the Leica Monochrom (CCD) specially made and produced at the time for our good friend Hengki Koentjoro, a fine art photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia with whom we produced the famous book “The Refined Eye” !! Hengki is an award-winning and accomplished fine-art and landscape photographer, specialising in capturing the spectral domain amidst the shades of black and white. Delving into what he believes to be his true purpose in life’s journey of expression, he indulges himself in the art of black and white photography on the side. Exploring along the borderlines of light and shadow, yin and yang. Celebrating complexity in the minimalist, while diving into the spiritual in the physical. Most of these black and white images are (of course !!) shot with the Leica (engraved) Monochrom. As soon as the world is “normal” again Hengki, there will be a personalised Leica M10-Monochrom for you again as promised.

Still in our collection…Leica M8.2 “1949-2009”. Leica M8.2 special for “60th anniversary of the People of China in 2009” limited edition in 100 pieces. The camera body has Mao Zedong front type red calligraphy and Tiananmen Square pattern. This camera is number 083/100.

New in our collection…Leica M9-P „Hermès“ Edition with Leica Summilux 50mm/1.4 ASPH with number: 237/300
Following the Leica MP and the Leica M7, this is the third in a line of premium special editions of the M-System to be created in collaboration with the well-known Parisian house Hermès. The Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ is being offered as a strictly limited edition. The limited numbers, unique product design and premium finishing with numerous extras make this a truly special edition in every respect. The Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ represents the quintessence of a long-standing tradition of master craftsmanship at both Leica and Hermès. So it is only logical that the handcrafted leather supplied by Hermès for the trim of the camera should be applied by hand. Absolute precision is the guiding principle in the construction of this masterpiece. The special limited edition Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ is extraordinary in every respect. The highlight is its ‘Veau Swift’ calfskin in ocre, supplied by Hermès for the leather finish of the Leica M9-P camera. This exclusive leather trim by Hermès determines the colour concept of the special edition and ensures a perfect tactile sensation. The fine and supple leather is applied not only to the camera body, but is also used for the shoulder strap included in the set. In collaboration with automotive designer Walter de’Silva, selected features of the camera body were restyled, including the top and base plate, the shutter speed dial, the multifunction wheel and the shutter release. In addition, the frame selector lever, the accessory shoe and the Leica script on the upper face of the top plate have also been omitted to further emphasise the unique status of this limited edition. The camera is finished in silver chrome and its lens in anodised silver. In another true master stroke of the Leica factory, the two finishes are absolutely indistinguishable. All protective caps are also manufactured completely in metal.

New in our collection…Leica M 246 Monochrom Jim Marshall (#12-50): a special edition in homage to photography and jazz worlds.

The cameras are twins — sequentially numbered (M4-1247816 and 1247817) and never separated.
We obtained the cameras from now-retired motion picture still photographer Ralph Nelson, who purchased the Leicas almost a half-century ago and carried them on his hip like a gunslinger does a holstered pistol on dozens of major Hollywood movie sets. Ralph Nelson says, “My Leicas were born in Wetzlar, spent most of their working lives in Hollywood and now have now been retired at Leica Store Lisse in the Netherlands. And, I could not be happier.”

Still in our collection…Leica M6 Partner-Aktion Deutschland 1996. Leica M6 Partner-Aktion Deutschland black, engraved with a map of Germany. Made for German Leica dealers, to be used by their customers who will test a Leica M6 before buying one. Only 500 cameras were manufactured.

Still in our collection…Leica Minilux “Tintin”. Only 200 of these special editions Leica Minilux Tintin kits were made. These were commissioned by the Belgium Tintin club. Included is a Tintin bag, Tintin watch, and Tintin engraved Minilux, all commemorating the popular European Tintin Cartoon series. This one has number 29/200.

New in our collection… PROTOTYPE Leitz Wetzlar Summilux-R 50mm/1.4. It’s not your regular “cup of tea” as you can see on the images cause it has not got a serial number as the lens elements are all half coated. We have not got the slightest idea why and for what purpose this was/could be used, do you?

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