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The BBC has an interesting short video up at the moment marking the 100th anniversary of the Leica.
Photojournalist, Leica-wielding Tom Stoddart, does the voice-over, discussing some classic Leica images and the background behind his own favourite pic.
Also, and I wasn't intending to write anything about this, Leica has released a new film camera, the M-A to mark the occasion. My reluctance stems from the fact that it's very unlikely you'll ever see one in the flesh or know of anybody who ends up with one.
The reason is that it's only available as part of a centenary set which comprises the M-A, M Monochrome and 28mm, 35mm and 50mm Summiluxes. Now, the retail value of this sort of outfit would normally be more than £20,000 based on the cost of an M7 and the rest. But this limited edition is made from stainless steel - cameras and lenses - and your guess is as good as mine about its value. I'm not aware that Leica has come up with an asking price.
The Leica M Edition 100 is strictly limited to 101 sets for the entire global market. The cameras and lenses will be available exclusively as sets from Leica Stores and Boutiques from June and, just to reiterate, none of the items contained in the sets will be available as separate items.
I have to say, though, that the all manual, mechanical M-A is one of the most beautiful cameras I've ever seen and that's what finally persuaded me to feature it here. If my lottery numbers come up this weekend I'll let you know what it's like.