German camera company Leica has combined the three pillars of street photography, streetwear and street art to create a strictly limited, special edition compact camera: the Leica D-Lux 7 “A BATHING APE X STASH”.
The new limited-edition shooter consists of a black-finish variant retailed by Leica, and a silver version which is available exclusively via streetwear brand A Bathing Ape. The special edition features the signature ABC CAMO look of the streetwear label BAPE, and the brand’s APE HEAD insignia as well as the distinctive wildstyle tag of American graffiti artist STASH.
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The streetwear label encapsulates the youthful spirit of a generation, bringing Tokyo’s urban street style to the world with its contemporary designs, while in New York, pioneering street-art legend STASH (aka Josh Franklin) paved the way for a new genre by moving his creations from the anonymity of subway tunnels into the public eye. When designing the special edition of the Leica D-Lux 7, the Brooklyn-based artist incorporated both the famously graphic-heavy style of the BAPE label, and his own distinctive visual approach.
The Leica D-Lux 7 “A BATHING APE X STASH” offers the same technical specifications as the serially produced model. This includes the large Micro Four Thirds sensor, and the fast zoom lens with optical image stabilisation, which covers focal lengths from 24–75mm (35mm camera equivalent), with an aperture range of f/1.7–2.8. For the effective resolution of 17 megapixels, the lens utilises a central portion of the sensor (whose total resolution is over 21 million pixels), resulting in even higher image quality.
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In addition to high-resolution photographs, the sensor also delivers 4K 30fps and full-HD 60fps videos. The black-finish Leica D-Lux 7 “A BATHING APE X STASH” comes with an additional carrying strap, a specially designed camera pouch, and an auto lens cap that opens and closes as the lens retracts and extends.
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