Why on earth would anyone do that to a Leica?

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Okay, so Leicas are desirable because their optics are incredible and they’re beautifully made. But there is a great deal to be said for their understated design that oozes elegance. Not only do you know that you’re holding a serious piece of kit, but you know that you’re looking at something special. So why, oh Juno and Minerva, would anyone want to do something as hideous as this to something so gorgeous?

Apparently the people at Colorware think that having a choice of 21 different solid colours ranging from ‘cranberry’ to ‘frostbite’, 21 different metallic colours that take in shades of ‘candy apple’ to ‘sand’, and four different pearl finishes for the front, back, top, lens body, lens face, hotshoe insert, and port door of your Leica D-Lux 5 is entirely necessary.

Heavens-to-Betsy no! I do not need a $1,200 Leica D-Lux 5 that looks like this:

Yes, that really is possible.

And neither do I want to spend $400 having my existing Leica D-Lux 5 converted to something equally garish.

Ugh! Although I have to admit, it was quite good fun playing with the different colours.

(Headsup to Engadget)