Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/10/07

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Were Leicas always so expensive?
From: Jeffrey Hausner <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 07:58:39 -0400

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> From:	Dan Post []
> Sent:	Tuesday, October 06, 1998 8:59 PM
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> Subject:	Re: [Leica] Were Leicas always so expensive?
	If memory serves me correctly-- and it very well may not-- in about
1968 I bought an M-4 body for about US$400 and a Nikon F (plain prism) for
just about the same price.


> Mark-
> The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so it's been said. I await the
> T981, and will reserve judgement until it actually is out there taking
> pictures.
> The Leica marque has always been one of uncompromising quality; given the
> rates of inflation over the last 60 odd years, I would imagine that the
> price of Leicas has remained pretty much on a par with increases of
> income,
> etc. I would imagine that the basic Leica, and say a 50mm lens would cost
> you about the same percentage of your disposable yearly income, as it did
> in
> the late 20's and 30's. I would be interested to see an actual
> comparison...
> does anyone have a price list from, say 1938?