Ever Wonder What A $500,000 Camera Might Look Like?

Love Leica cameras? Well, you’d better start saving your pennies. If you can manage to scrape together somewhere between $500,000 and $750,000 from under your couch cushions and in your car’s dirty change dish, you could be the proud owner of this unique Leica M rangefinder designed by Apple chief of design Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson for a (RED) charity auction.

From the Verge:

Leica says that the camera, known as the Leica M for (RED), features a “laser machined aluminum body and an anodized aluminum outer shell” — design traits that are certainly indicative of Ive’s hand. It’s said that Ive and Newson took 85 days and went through over 500 models to come up with the final product. The result is a striking rangefinder camera that looks like it would be right at home on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not that the specifications matter, but in case you’re wondering the digital camera features the same 24-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor as the $7,000 Leica M, and it comes with a 50mm f/2 lens.

That is a thing of beauty.

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(via the Verge)