The pièce de résistance of our reckless spending is the Leica M9 Titanium. Leicas are expensive in their own right because they are four-thirds sensor cameras and because aficionados admire their retro styling. But this particular version of the M9 is forged from solid titanium and engineered in partnership with Walter de’Silva, chief designer for the Audi Design Team. In addition to the metal and bits of leather trim that you might expect to find in an Audi, de’Silva filed down four slits for a lens-hood mount and added a few LEDs to backlight the sensor.
No doubt the same $32,000 could have bought a full-frame DSLR body with accompanying full-frame lenses, including an all-around 24-72mm zoom, a 50mm profile lens, a 24mm macro lens, a 14mm wide-angle fish-eye lens, a long 100-300mm zoom lens, a tilt-shift lens, all the lens babies, a carbon-fiber tripod, every camera strap in creation, a handful of series-10-class-speed Compact Flash cards, a decked-out camera bag with a full cleaning kit, and another full-frame DSLR body–or an Audi–but after all, solid titanium bodies don’t grow on trees.
Leica M9 Titanium | $32,000
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