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Afzal Ansary , Jan 31, 2011; 12:15 p.m.

Are the prices dropping for Leica Film Cameras or are they increasing?


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Richard Williams , Jan 31, 2011; 01:42 p.m.

Here in the UK, the dealer price of, say, an M6 has been pretty static for several years. This is true of very few other cameras outside the purely collectable market (the Nikon FM-2 would be one exception).

Bill Blackwell , Jan 31, 2011; 01:45 p.m.

Are the prices dropping for Leica Film Cameras or are they increasing?

From what I see, film M camera prices appear to be holding their own for the time being.

A nice 'user' M3/2 runs for about US$800 while an M6TTL runs as much twice that - maybe a bit less for an M6 classic. A nice clean 'user' M4 or M4-2/P can be had for around US$1,200.

M7/MP cameras can be had for no less than double that of any M6 (figure about 20% more for an MP compared to an M7).

What about collectable M cameras (special editions, mint - like new in the box, and rare production models)? Forget about it.

Graham Line , Jan 31, 2011; 01:45 p.m.

Prices for used Leicas always cycle up and down according to collector fashion/mob wisdom.
At one point several years ago, people were paying crazy money for the M2 and ignoring the M4. Finding a 35/f2 Summicron for less than $1000 US is now very difficult, particularly for the "best version," which seems to change month to month.
Prices for new Leicas always go up.

Robert Hooper , Jan 31, 2011; 02:33 p.m.

Prices for used Leica gear are very fickle. I have not been able to figure out just what drives the market. I sold one of three fine Leica IIIg bodies I own on eBay last year for about $800. Just a few years before, I had paid $1200 for it. It seems the Leica IIIg has all but lost its popular appeal.

New positive reviews of vintage cameras and lenses definitely cause a spike in the popularity and price of the item being reviewed, which lasts about six months. This can be frustrating if you are looking for a particular item and the going price of it suddenly shoots up. Ken Rockwell has the power to cause such a run on a particular item he praises.

Some Leica oddities and scarce accessories seem to hold their value and indeed increase over time. Some eBay sellers offer outrageous "Buy it Now" prices and are sometimes successful in selling at that price. Suffice it to say, there are some very wealthy individuals in the world for whom price is no object. Their care free buying behavior artificially drives the market up for the rest of us. One such eBay seller, "KevinCameras" seems to do quite well at selling all things Leica at inflated prices.

It would be interesting to see a chart of used Leica prices over the years.

As a trend, I would say the prices are going up over time, for vintage Leica film camera equipment, which is astonishing given the popularity of digital photography.

Tom Burke , Jan 31, 2011; 02:49 p.m.

Except for second-hand M8s, of course: their used price is heading steadily downwards. (Here in the UK at least.)

Steve Bellayr , Jan 31, 2011; 02:54 p.m.

Since the introduction of the M9 prices for M-mount lenses have risen because of the scarcity of the newer versions and their even higher list price. M series cameras seem to be rising slowly also since the introduction of the M9. Also, not only in photography but in other Art & Design areas the retro look is in & Leica never seems to go completely out of style.

Michael Axel , Jan 31, 2011; 03:51 p.m.

There have been price increases in new Leica's, here in the US, due in part to a weakened dollar. I would say used equipment is a little depressed, from what I've seen.

Steve Levine , Jan 31, 2011; 04:32 p.m.

In my opinion, prices are low in the US right now. Shooter grade M2/3's can be had in the $600 neighborhood. M4's are running about $800. And M6's can be had for $1000-1200. Glass is another story. A recent vintage 50 'cron, or older 50 'lux will set you back $1000-1500.

Robert Hooper , Jan 31, 2011; 05:29 p.m.

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