If you’re reading this, you probably already have a camera of your own; and we’re not talking about the one attached to your phone.
Cameras have become more than just a gadget for serious photographers. They’ve become part fashion accessory, part status symbol as companies make a mark with limited editions, one-off productions or collaborations with luxury brands.
Of course, cameras have always been a pricey investment. Chock up all that gear, interchangeable lenses and equipment and you could be paying upwards of a few thousand dollars or more.
But the cameras on this list are not just state-of-the-art gadgets. They’re here to make a statement.
Oh my, my, my. Inspired by the first camera to go into outer space, the Lunar gains its inspiration from the original Hasselblad 500C that was used during the Mercury and Gemini space exploration missions of the late 1950s.
The Lunar meshes vintage appeal with modern elements, such as titanium dials and a carbon fibre body. We especially love the terrestrial features, like the ruby-embellished control dials and a stately brown Tuscan leather grip (which comes in 5 options, in wood or leather).
Retail price: USD 6,995
Leica CL 100 Jahre Bauhaus
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Art and Design, acclaimed German camera makers Leica have released a special edition Leica CL 100 Jahre Bauhaus set.
Getting your hands on one definitely makes you a collector; there are only 150 units available worldwide.
Comprised of a silver Leica CL and a matching silver Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, minimalists will love to find that the camera’s leatherwork in black is embossed with a “Bauhaus” logo, rendered black for a monochromatic look.
Retail price: USD 3,750
Hermès Leica M9-P
When the holy grail amongst photography aficionados teamed up with French luxury fashion house Hermès, what seemed like an odd pairing ultimately becomes a beautiful story when you realise this: The late Jean-Louis Dumas, former president of Hermès, used to always carry two things wherever he went — a small red notebook and a Leica.
The M9-P set has three lenses, mainly the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/ 2 ASPH., a Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH., and the Leica APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH. This unique collection finds a fitting home in a hand-finished Hermès camera bag; the first Leica camera bag ever to have been created by the fashion brand.
This is no typo: The uber-exclusive collection is yours for a cool $50,000.
Retail price: USD 50,000
Polaroid OneStep 2 Camera – Stranger Things Edition
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The camera is upside down—a nod to the alternate dimension visited in the popular Netflix sci-fi horror series.
Recreate the washed-out, vintage look with special “Stranger Things” edition i-Type film that features a random selection of Stranger Things frame designs.
Ready to journey through Hawkins with the gang?
Retail price: USD 109
Olympus PEN Art Edition by Suzko
The Japanese camera maker teamed up with urban artist Susie ‘Suzko’ Lowe and fashion photographer Jay McLaughlin to create one-of-a-kind Olympus PEN cameras. Every Art Edition camera is individually hand-painted by Suzko, making each one truly unique.
Did we mention the Vespas? Each camera set comes with a matching Vespa Motor scooter and crash helmet – the ultimate accessories to your exceptional gadget.
Retail price: USD 25,000
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