Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/02/19

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To: Tony Gamble <>
Subject: Prices in the UK
From: Adrian Tanovic <>
Date: 19 Feb 96 14:23:41
Cc: Leica User Group <>

I can corroborate your experience, Tony.  I did buy one lens in the UK, a new 
28mm/2.8 Elmarit-M, and was happy with the purchase, but at the time 
convenience was more of a factor than the price, which as I recall was 
distinctly uncompetitive.  In fact, on my last trip to London in December I 
priced the accompanying 28mm brilliant finder, the new version of which listed 
for about L275 (firm price: as you say, they weren't interested in bargaining 
beyond pointing out that if I bothered to fill out the forms I could get the 
VAT back), and found I could actually get the same article somewhat cheaper 
here in Japan, where it lists for Y36,000 at Yodobashi Camera, before 

Incidentally, the new 21mm and 28mm finders are now plastic-bodied and made in 
Portugal.  A pristine vintage chrome 28mm finder was going for around L400 in 

Adrian Tanovic