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Old 11-24-2013   #1
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Jony Ive's special edition Leica M with 50AA got sold

For mere 1,805,000 USD.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/...14/lot.14.html
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Old 11-24-2013   #2
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lot of coin for prototype-
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i think that would go really nicely with the stormtrooper helmet:

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/...14/lot.17.html
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Okay, let's put this into perspective. Most of the items listed in this Sotherby's Auction are part of a fundraising project for "RED". Not the digital camera company, but the organization that is fighting AIDS worldwide. These items, including the Jony Ives camera, were created specifically for the fundraising effort, and auctioned to a bunch of mega-rich folks who were getting "tokens" for their very generous checks made out to "RED".

It's not like these items were created to sell to folks like us. This is how philanthropic organizations raise the millions of dollars they do every year.
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Just weird.. I wouldn't have paid more than the price of an M for it. Whatever people do with their money is their business though. Me, I'd rather spend $1.8M on a sailing yacht, if I had that kind of money.. Different worlds, different values.. There are so many other things to buy than a digital camera for that amount.. I'll just never understand that kind of thinking..

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Now that's the luxury version of Franklin Mint!
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If the goal was to give away money, then this is different.
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Okay, let's put this into perspective. Most of the items listed in this Sotherby's Auction are part of a fundraising project for "RED". Not the digital camera company, but the organization that is fighting AIDS worldwide. These items, including the Jony Ives camera, were created specifically for the fundraising effort, and auctioned to a bunch of mega-rich folks who were getting "tokens" for their very generous checks made out to "RED".

It's not like these items were created to sell to folks like us. This is how philanthropic organizations raise the millions of dollars they do every year.
Money towards a good cause: always a good thing!

And I still like that camera
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Just weird.. I wouldn't have paid more than the price of an M for it. Whatever people do with their money is their business though. Me, I'd rather spend $1.8M on a sailing yacht, if I had that kind of money.. Different worlds, different values.. There are so many other things to buy than a digital camera for that amount.. I'll just never understand that kind of thinking..

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most likely those people own one or more yachts already and 1.8mil might be chump change for them.
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Has anyone seen an actual photograph of this camera?
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Has anyone seen an actual photograph of this camera?
Check out Leica Rumors.

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$1.8m is ridiculous... I don't understand how the wealthy think that fighting diseases in Third World counties is a good thing?

The best thing that ever happened to Europe was the Black Plague, which reduced the population enough that the survivors could rise above mere subsistence and begin the Renascence and Age of Reason. I'd suggest to the do-gooders that they allow nature to take its course and reduce the population to the actual carrying capacity of the native environment.

It would be the most humane and green thing we could do. Obviously the rich are against this.
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$1.8m is ridiculous... I don't understand how the wealthy think that fighting diseases in Third World counties is a good thing?

The best thing that ever happened to Europe was the Black Plague, which reduced the population enough that the survivors could rise above mere subsistence and begin the Renascence and Age of Reason. I'd suggest to the do-gooders that they allow nature to take its course and reduce the population to the actual carrying capacity of the native environment.

It would be the most humane and green thing we could do. Obviously the rich are against this.
if you have ever taken a medicine or gone to a doctor/hospital then wouldn't you be an hyprocrite?
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Has anyone seen an actual photograph of this camera?
The publicity shots look a lot like renderings, but I can confirm that there actually is such an object.
I posted some images of it here:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...hreadid=138242

But to save you the trouble of clicking:









EDIT: Notice the dust? It is not on your monitor...





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Okay, let's put this into perspective. Most of the items listed in this Sotherby's Auction are part of a fundraising project for "RED". Not the digital camera company, but the organization that is fighting AIDS worldwide. These items, including the Jony Ives camera, were created specifically for the fundraising effort, and auctioned to a bunch of mega-rich folks who were getting "tokens" for their very generous checks made out to "RED".

It's not like these items were created to sell to folks like us. This is how philanthropic organizations raise the millions of dollars they do every year.
Well said, these obvious facts seem to be lost on most ...
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I have no problems with auctions like this. Money raised for good causes is money well spent. It is irrelevant who spends it, imho.

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Just weird.. I wouldn't have paid more than the price of an M for it. Whatever people do with their money is their business though. Me, I'd rather spend $1.8M on a sailing yacht, if I had that kind of money..
Or, if you're that filthy rich, you can spend it to help make the world aids-free.
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Has anyone seen an actual photograph of this camera?
Pictures taken with this camera you mean, I presume?
Don't think there are any online, it will be up to the new owner to show us any stuff shot with this camera... Yeah right!
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$1.8m is ridiculous... I don't understand how the wealthy think that fighting diseases in Third World counties is a good thing?

The best thing that ever happened to Europe was the Black Plague, which reduced the population enough that the survivors could rise above mere subsistence and begin the Renascence and Age of Reason. I'd suggest to the do-gooders that they allow nature to take its course and reduce the population to the actual carrying capacity of the native environment.

It would be the most humane and green thing we could do. Obviously the rich are against this.
No question the world is overpopulated, I don't think anyone would deny this.

But rather than let existing people suffer, surely the better thing to do would be to have people in the first world stop having so many children? It's those of us in the first world doing all the environmental damage, it's us with the huge carbon footprint.
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Just weird.. I wouldn't have paid more than the price of an M for it. Whatever people do with their money is their business though. Me, I'd rather spend $1.8M on a sailing yacht, if I had that kind of money.. Different worlds, different values.. There are so many other things to buy than a digital camera for that amount.. I'll just never understand that kind of thinking..

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Well, it also came with a lens. And it is a one of a kind set.

http://petapixel.com/2013/11/24/one-...arity-auction/

According to PC Mag, the Apple-esque special edition is the result of some 100 tweaks from the 2012 Leica M and took 50 engineers over 270 days to build.



For some people, 1.8M is a drop in the bucket.
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