Leica has hooked up with luxury fashion house Hermès to launch a limited edition version of its M7 film-based rangefinder camera.

Only 200 of the special edition silver chrome cameras have been made – 100 featuring an orange coloured calfskin leather finish and 100 sporting an étoupe [brown] finish.

The £8,550 Leica M7 Edition Hermès kit includes a silver anodised metal Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens and a silver chrome Leicavit M rapid winder.

It is technically the same as the standard M7.

Appearance-wise differences include the Leica name engraved in ‘classic script’ on the top plate and omission of the customary red Leica logo. Leica decided to leave this out to ‘preserve the colour harmony of the leather covering’.

Each camera is presented in a linen-covered, silk-lined box.

The Leica M7 Edition Hermès will go on sale in December.

Related stories

Leica on future products: AP interview

Leica delays launch of flagship S2 camera

Download the Leica M9 competition entry form

Leica M9: Photographers ditch DSLRs

Leica M9: features and video

Leica confirms full-frame M9

Leica announces X1

Leica full-frame still a possibility

Leica hints at full-frame M8 upgrade

Read all AP news stories about Leica here

Leica M7 Hermes image