Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Japanese SM/M Lens
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:52:49 -0500

At 10:12 PM 1999-01-19 -0800, Randolph Carlisle, Friend to Beast and Man,
>Ritz Camera offered the M3 with the 60mm f/1.2 Hexanon for $449.50 in

This was a common practice in the fifteen years after the War, as selling a
camera body of one make with a lens of another make enabled the retailer to
set his own price.  In other words, Leica could mandate a set price for a
Leica body sold with a Leica lens or, for that matter, sold without any
lens at all.  BUT, a Leica body sold with a CZJ or TTH or Konica lens
avoided this, which is why the discount houses generally so advertised
their wares.  The "Fair Trade" laws in the US were revised around 1960 and
this situation changed, resulting in a sudden and dramatic cessation of
aftermarket Leica thread-mount lenses.  (Today, a manufacturer can control
the ADVERTISED price but can have only minimum control over the SELLING
price, which is why B&H and Cambridge and the like now simply list "CALL!"
as the price.)

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