The special versions of Leica’s M9-P contain a calfskin-leather finish and are produced in a tie-up with luxury goods maker Hermès.

The Leica M9-P Edition Hermès will be available as two kits, the first of which is out this month, limited to 300 units.

Priced £18,000, it includes a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH lens.

Meanwhile, out next month, is the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas.

It includes three Leica lenses and will cost £36,000 (pictured above).

Tweaks on the camera include restyled top and base plates, shutter speed dial and shutter release.

Leica says it is drawing up a waiting list, ready to call customers as soon as the cameras land in the UK.

A spokesperson for Leica UK said today: ‘The products have just started arriving… interest has been extremely high.’

Limited to just 100 sets, the £36,000 Leica M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas marks a ‘celebration of the friendship and collaboration’ between Leica and Jean-Louis Dumas, a former Hermès president and a Leica user – who died in May 2010.

The kit includes a Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH, a 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH and a 90mm f/2 APO-Summicron-M ASPH.

The £36,000 outfit is supplied with a Leica camera bag created by Hermès.