When it comes to photography cameras and lenses, we all know who the biggest players are. Nikon and Canon dominate the market, with Sony following closely behind. However, there are a lot more brands out there, trying to be noticed by photography enthusiasts across the globe. While many of the big brands look at photography in a more traditional way, there are a few quirky and imaginative companies tailoring their products to more alternative markets, such as that of the limited edition camera. So, what are the top strange limited edition cameras out there? Here are the ones we found…
Gold plated Nikon FA
This gold plated Nikon FA is one of the strangest limited edition cameras we have seen. 2000 copies were produced and have sold for as much as $12,000 in 2013, when it was originally released. Nikon’s description of the camera reads as such: “In commemoration of winning the “Camera Grand Prix” prize, Nikon FA Gold was released in Japan (Nippon). This was based on the FA, and its silver colour parts such as top and bottom covers are gold-plated and the lizard skin was used for leather cover.” At the moment, you can buy a gold plated Nikon FA for as little as $1,500.
Hasselblad H4D-40 Ferrari Edition
When it comes to limited edition cameras, Hasselblad are among the best players on the market. This version of the H4D-40 camera features Ferrari’s unique colour “rosso fuoco”, and bears the legendary Ferrari racing shield. Only 499 copies of the camera have been produced, and it comes in a handmade box with a glass top. If you like racing sports and cameras, the H4D-40 might be the perfect gift for you. We think that these two brands make a really strange collaboration…
Leica X Hello Kitty X Playboy
When it comes to strange collaborations, the one between Leica, Hello Kitty and Playboy is definitely topping our list. Only 10 of these limited edition Leica C cameras were produced and released last year to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty, the 60th anniversary of Playboy and the 100th anniversary of Leica. We think that the end result of this collaboration is quite bizarre… let us know what you think in the comments below!
Leica M (typ 240) and Leica M-E limited editions
These two strange-looking Leica cameras were made in 2014 to help fund a good cause. Primary school children in Germany were allowed to create their own mockup designs for the iconic Leica model, which were then turned into real cameras by the Munich based artist Helmut Lutter. 140 paper cameras decorated by the school children have been on display, while the two real cameras went up for auction, and 100% of the proceeds went towards a charity called Kinderlachen (“children’s laughter”).
Pentax K-x Rainbow edition
Released in 2010, the Rainbow edition of the Pentax K-x camera is one of the most colourful limited edition cameras you can find. 1000 copies have been produced for the Japanese market and sell for a price of nearly $800. The camera was part of a 2010 campaign with a “Rainbow” theme by Tower Records that also included footwear, t-shirts and backpacks.
Pentax K-r Bonnie Pink
The Japanese singer Bonnie Pink inspired this limited edition of Pentax’s K-r camera, called “Bonnie Pink”. The camera was released in 100 units in 2011 and the original price was $1,100. Despite the colourful design, there’s nothing special about this camera. Pentax just proved to everyone that they can produce some really strange limited edition cameras.
Pentax K-r Robot
We think that the Pentax K-r Robot deserves its own description and a photo, not only because it has a very bright and colourful design, but because it features a limited edition Japanese toy. Similar to the other two Pentax models we’ve presented in this feature, the Robot version does not impress with special technical features. Pentax sold the Robot K-r exclusively in its own Japanese online store for a price of $880, and the model was restricted to just 100 units.
Brikk Nikon Df
Brikk, the company behind some of the most outrageous limited edition gadgets, has created this gold version of the Nikon Df. It took them one year to produce and only 77 units have been released. All the specs of the original camera are unchanged, except the bodies of the camera and the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 lens are coated with pure 24 carat yellow gold. Certain parts of the camera are also covered with stingray leather. While the original camera was selling for $2,750, the Brikk version was offered for the staggering price of $41,395.
Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne
Here is a more recent limited edition camera that you can still buy online for around $100. The Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne camera, however, is a special limited edition, with only 1,000 units available worldwide. Like all Diana-F cameras, it has a plastic body and a very basic shutter system that shoots 120 film format and 35mm film. This camera could make a great gift for the hipster photographer in your family.
Leica M-P “Correspondent” by Lenny Kravitz
The most recent limited edition camera in our list is the Lenny Kravitz edition of the Leica M-P Correspondent. The camera has been intentionally aged by hand and only 125 units will be produced. The kit includes two lenses (Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH and Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH) and a really fancy case. The price of the kit is $24,500 and you can already pre-order it at the Leica Store Miami and Leica Store San Francisco. The limited edition set will be sold only in Leica boutiques. We don’t really get the idea of this special edition, so we would love to read your opinion in the comments section below.
There you have it – ten of the strangest limited edition cameras. Which one is your favourite?