Lenny Kravitz adds rocker aesthetic to new Leica camera

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Rocker Lenny Kravitz helped Leica design a limited edition camera that has been deliberately aged by hand. Photo: Leica
Rocker Lenny Kravitz helped Leica design a limited edition camera that has been deliberately aged by hand. Photo: Leica

Lenny Kravitz has designed a camera for Leica and you are going to need rock-star money to afford it.

Kravitz, whose life-long love for photography is evident by the Leica camera often slung on his shoulder, has collaborated with his favorite company to design a limited edition Leica M-P Correspondent digital rangefinder.

The “design” comes in the form of areas of the camera’s black enamel finish where the paint has been deliberately worn away to reveal flares of brass. It has the vintage appearance of a well-traveled workhorse that came from the bag of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

The Lenny Kravitz-designed Leica M-P Correspondent with two lens goes on sale next month for $24,500. Only 125 kits were made. Photo: Leica
The Lenny Kravitz-designed Leica M-P Correspondent with two lens goes on sale next month for $24,500. Only 125 kits were made. Photo: Leica

The limited edition set comes in a custom case and contains an M-P body, a Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 and a Summilux-M 50 f1/4. The lenses are also artificially aged.

It’s very pretty and will cost a pretty penny when it hits Leica boutiques next month. Leica is making only 125 of the Kravitz cameras at a price of $24,500.

Like the Kravitz song says, “Come On Get It.”

Kravitz wanted the camera to look much like his first Leica, which he received as a birthday gift from his father when he turned 21, according to Peta Pixel.

On Monday, Kravitz tweeted he was trying out the prototype.

Leica is also publishing a book of photographs Kravitz produced with his Leica from his moments on the road. Most of the pictures turn the camera on people, from fans to Paparazzi, aiming cameras at him.