Skip to main content

Start saving, because Leica cameras are about to get even more expensive

As if Leica cameras weren’t already expensive enough, they’re about to receive another price bump at the start of May.

More than 60 of the German company’s cameras and lenses are affected, with most items increasing by between $100 and $500, reported Red Dot Forum, which has connections with Leica Store Miami.

Looking at some of the new prices for the bodies, we see that the Leica M10, which launched just over a year ago, will go up by $400 from $6,895 to $7,295.

The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) will come with a new price tag of $7,995, marking a rise of $445, while the Leica S (Typ 007) will increase by a hefty $1,045 to $19,995.

Leica M lenses, too, are set to go up, mostly by between $100 and $300. The Noctilux 50mm in black, however, faces a steeper rise of $500, taking its price to $11,295, while the silver version is set to increase by a whopping $600 to $11,595.

The company’s S System also faces rises.

Leica says the price revision is necessary “due to the current exchange rates and the increase in raw materials and production costs.”

Check Red Dot Forum’s page for full details on all the changes.

To secure a Leica camera body or lens at the pre-increase price, you’ll need to place your order by April 30. The lower price will be honored if the item is out of stock and doesn’t arrive until May 1 or later.

Leica kit is famous for its wallet-busting prices, but owners swear by the company’s products, lauding them for their solid build and high-quality images, among other things.

Tokyo-based street photographer Lee Chapman has been using Leica cameras for a number of years now, and currently shoots with a Leica M (Typ 262).

“Minus many of the bells and whistles of other high-end cameras, Leica — and in particular the flagship M — are arguably even less value for money. Yet less really can be more, as their simplicity makes them an absolute joy to use, plus their compact, discreet designs are ideal for street photography,” Chapman told Digital Trends.

It’s been exactly a year since Leica last hiked its prices for the American market. Prior to May 2017, the Leica S, for example, came with a $16,900 price tag, indicating a not-insignificant $3,000 increase in just over a year.

Still, none of these prices comes close to the value of a recently auctioned 1923 Leica 0-Series camera. One of the first cameras ever produced by the company, the camera fetched almost $3 million when it went under the hammer in Austria last month.

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
10 ways to get the most from Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus’s camera
Galaxy S20 Plus Back Camera Hand

You’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Galaxy S20 Plus nestling in your pocket, and you’re ready to grab it at any time to take advantage of the multi-sensor camera on the back. The thing is, are you  prepared to get the most from it? There are plenty of features and tricks to try.

Take a few minutes to read through our guide to the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus’s camera, and you’ll be ready to go. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, however, we've got a separate camera guide for you here.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus’s cameras are almost identical. Both have a main 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture sensor, a 12-megapixel f/2.2 aperture wide-angle sensor, and a 64-megapixel f/2,0 telephoto sensor. The Galaxy S20 Plus adds a simple VGA Depth Vision sensor to the set up, helping with bokeh effects and focus.

Read more
Nikon’s flagship and very pricey D6 camera finally starts shipping
nikon d6 professional dslr first images teaser

Nikon’s flagship D6 camera is finally shipping in the U.S.

Aimed primarily at professional sports photographers and photojournalists, the highly advanced full-frame DSLR comes with a hefty price tag of $6,500. And that’s body-only.

Read more
Here’s how Google Chrome is about to get more secure
Google Chrome Stock Photo

Google announced new privacy and security updates to Google Chrome in a blog on Tuesday, with the tech giant promising that it will be more “intuitive.” 

These updates include making it easier to manage cookies and website permissions, a new tool that tells you if any of your saved passwords have been compromised, a safe browsing tool, and a customizable secure domain name system (DNS). 

Read more