With smartphone cameras, people can dip their toe in the water of photography and take an easy snap. Point and click cameras offer the next step up, with extra features that allow superior pictures to what a smartphone can do. Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras have more features and customizable options for enthusiasts and professional photographers. But there is another level above this for the true photo taking enthusiast.
German camera design firm Leica provides top of the line cameras for die-hard photography enthusiasts with deep pockets. Leica sells each camera without a lens, and the cheapest model available costs $5,450, and features an ISO range between 160 and 2,500 plus an 18-megapixel sensor. For the cheapest camera lens, a 50mm f/2.5 Summarit-M, consumers pay $1,650. Leica makes every one of their cameras with glass and metal, zero plastic components, making each one a premium quality item.
For top of the range Leica gear, expect to pay a lot more. The most expensive Leica camera costs $20,000, and there’s a three-month waiting list to get one. A Noctilux-M lens to go with that camera will cost another $10,950.
Photographer Christopher Michel said that the photos a Leica camera can take are incredible, making buying one a true investment for a lover of the craft of photography.