Leica has teamed up with French-Italian photographer and art collector, Jean Pigozzi to release a special-edition version of its Leica CL camera system.

The camera, officially named the Leica CL ‘Urban Jungle by Jean Pigozzi,’ features the same internals as the standard Leica CL, including the 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor. The outside, however, features an urban camouflage print on its black leather wrap, a custom grey rope camera strap, and the words 'URBAN JUNGLE' etched alongside Pigozzi's signature on the rear of the camera underneath the LCD display.

The special edition kit also comes paired with the Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm F2.8 ASPH lens, which is neatly tucked alongside the camera body and custom strap in ‘an elegant presentation box.’ This is Leica's second collaboration with Pigozzi, the first being the Leica Sofort ‘Limoland’ camera released in 2017.

Only 150 Leica CL ‘Urban Jungle by Jean Pigozzi’ will be made and shipping will start June 25, 2019. You can get your hands on a kit at Leica Stores and Boutiques for $3,950. Alternatively, you can buy the standard black Leica CL kit, get yourself a silver Sharpie, scribble a little bit on the leather wrapping and save yourself approximately $750.

Press release:

Leica Releases Limited Edition Camera Inspired by the Aesthetic of the Concrete Jungle

The LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” pairs unparalleled imaging quality with a unique camouflage design

June 19, 2019 – The visually-captivating LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” is the newest special edition release of the Leica CL compact system camera presented by Leica Camera. Created in collaboration with French-Italian photographer, entrepreneur and art collector Jean Pigozzi, this eye-catching camera features a striking urban camouflage pattern on its leather covering, with an accompanying gray rope strap. Just as the Leica CL strikes a balance between traditional controls and contemporary design, Pigozzi’s thoughtful design language takes the functional pattern of camouflage and elevates it with a high-fashion and ultramodern aesthetic.

“With this design,” Pigozzi shares, “I wanted to do something completely different and create something is unique from all the other cameras around. To bring the urban aesthetic to life, I tried to visualize the structures of a big city like New York to replicate what I define as an ‘Urban Jungle.”

The LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” sports the same top-level performance, intuitive handling and exceptional image quality as the standard production Leica CL. A few highlights include the built-in EyeRes® electronic viewfinder that enables users to preview the final image before the picture is taken, high-resolution image quality that performs exceptionally well in low light, and a supremely fast and accurate autofocus; all of which are packaged efficiently into a compact system camera that travels effortlessly to any urban jungle the world over. The special edition set is complete with a Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, lovingly packaged together with the camera in an elegant presentation box. With a focal length ideal for everyday travel and street photography, the Elmarit-TL lens helps this set bring the urban spirit to life.

Pigozzi’s latest design is his sophomore collaboration with Leica Camera, following the Leica Sofort “Limoland” by Jean Pigozzi in 2017, which sported vibrant, colorful graphics of "Mr Limo," the logo of Pigozzi’s LimoLand fashion label.

The LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” is limited to 150 sets worldwide and will be on sale for $3,950 beginning June 25, exclusively available at Leica Stores and Boutiques.