M3 price list 1955?
Old 10-01-2007   #1
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Does any one has a price list of leica 1955 to tell me what is the cost of M3+50/f2 fix summicron when it first came out?
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Does any one has a price list of leica 1955 to tell me what is the cost of M3+50/f2 fix summicron when it first came out?
Thanks in advance.

If Oct. 1954 will do, here's the official price list from E. Leitz, Inc., New York:
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If Oct. 1954 will do, here's the official price list from E. Leitz, Inc., New York:
Thanks Bob. It's perfect for what I need.
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Thanks Bob. It's perfect for what I need.

You're welcome; glad I could help...
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Summicron was collapsible until 1956...
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Hmm, according to the Minneapolis Fed's CPI calculator, that $447 in 1954 would be equivalent to $3414.81 today.

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Hmm, according to the Minneapolis Fed's CPI calculator, that $447 in 1954 would be equivalent to $3414.81 today.
The M7 kit with 50 Summicron retails for $4400. So I guess it costs $1000 for the TTL light meter and autoexposure, all else being equal. Interesting.
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Factoring in the dollar's decline v. the Euro, I think that Leica's pricing has been fairly consistent. IMHO, the big change in the camera market has been that less expensive cameras, thanks to the Japanese optical & electronics industries, have gotten a whole lot better.

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The M7 kit with 50 Summicron retails for $4400. So I guess it costs $1000 for the TTL light meter and autoexposure, all else being equal. Interesting.
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