The Bespoke Leica
"Shooting with this bespoke camera that bears my name, I know that I have truly arrived!"
Hard to argue with that. For his limited-edition Leica, Ralph Gibson chose the MP, but with the angled rewind crank; 35, 50, and 90mm framelines, each visible singly in the finder; matte black finish to be "less conspicuous" but then some notably conspicuous red leather; and he eliminated the preview lever. (And note the absence of the ever-controversial red dot.) It's pleasing that for the $5,500 it costs (which doesn't cover the 50mm Apo-ASPH. lens he favors) it does include the braided leather lanyard camera strap of the type Ralph has always used.
It used to be that there would be 1500 copies of most "limited edition" Leica products, because, worldwide, there was a shifting cast of some 1300 or 1400 collectors who would buy anything Leica made. By contrast, the Gibson Leica is a real limited edition, with just 50 made. (Here's betting RG's keeping 10 of them and selling the rest to cover the cost of the special run.) I can't imagine that there are any left, but if there are and you want one, e-mail Ralph at lustrum[at]pipeline[dot]com.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON and O.G.