Would you prefer to own a plain black or silver SL or go all colourful with the new Paul Smith edition? At least there’s a choice and, if ocean blue is your thing, this could be for you. Since it’s one of my favourite hues I need to take a balanced view of this particular special.
This is the second Paul Smith Leica edition, following the orange-hued X2 of 2012, and it is definitely aimed at the extrovert. I can’t make up my mind whether I like it or hate it, but I am sure all 900 sets will be snapped up around the world. At least I prefer this blue to orange.
The camera is identical to the run-of-the-mill CL other than the cosmetic changes, and the 18mm pancake lens is standard fare. The edition costs £3,500 (a £500 premium over the black or silver kit) and is available from Paul Smith stores as well as Leica boutiques, including Red Dot Cameras. But with only 900 to spread around, they will be pretty thin on the earth.