If any camera brand has come close to embodying the Bauhaus design ideal in its approach to its craft, it’s Leica.
To drive the point home, the German company recently launched a new special edition camera that pays homage to the design school that championed the balance of art and populist functionality, and eschewed the rigidity and elitist excesses of art deco.
The German brand recently introduced the Leica CL “100 Jahre Bauhaus” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Art and Design in Germany. The limited-edition version of the classic camera comes with a silver body, a matching lens, and a striking leather strap.
The rangefinder features a Bauhaus logo on the leather front and on the matching carrying strap. The controls are logical, and gracefully simple, in keeping with the design sensibility, and the viewfinder is rounded, giving the camera’s look a bit of softness.
The Bauhaus CL is outfitted with a high-quality Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH silver lens. Features include fast autofocus, and a 24-megapixel sensor. Owners can also shoot 4K videos that can easily be shared with the user’s smartphone.
Leica’s special-edition new design is limited to just 150 examples.