Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/03/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] New Gray Summilux 35 ASPH vs Used
From: "FRANKSTER" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 16:44:58 -0600

The only difference between a licensed product and a grey market product is
it's warranty. There is no difference concerning the actual product. I'd
have absolutely no concerns about purchasing grey market items from B & H in
New York. As their web site explains, the grey market product is simply one
not intended for the US market.

I purchased my new M-6 body with the USA passport warranty from Don
Chatterton's Leica. He is an authorized dealer. However my lens I purchased
from him was an unused demo, sealed in the original box. It was a 100.00
less then obtaining the USA warranted lens.

Beware of unscrupulous dealers who advertise grey market products and strip
you of the original packaging, caps, instructions, etc.

Hope this Helps!
Frank Becsi

> I'm interested in purchasing a Summilux 35 f1.4.  I'd like to buy new but
> I've located a gray one for about $600 less than a new lens from a
> Leica distributor.  I've also seen used lenses in mint condition for more
> than a new gray lens.  My question is this.  Is there any benefit to
> purchasing a used Summilux that was purchased through a licensed Leica
> distributor versus purchasing a new gray lens?
> Thanks in advance for any assistance that can be offered.
> Ernie