Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/08/24

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Subject: [Leica] APO telyt R 280 2.8
From: Andrea Cucina <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 08:13:31 -0500

Hi LUGs, 

I happened to fruitfully discuss with Guna on a 280 2.8 APO Telyt R that I
will put on the market in mint conditions in October.
We were discussing on the price and he very nicely informed me that it can
be found in Germany (on e-bay) for 1,700 USDollars.
Now, I saw it in the States being sold (mint) for between 3,000 and 5,000
The price of the new modular one ranges around $7,500, so I was wondering
why it can be so undersold so much in germany. For a good item, sold used
but in mint condition, one should ask about 1/2 the price of the original
new, but here it seems that such rule does not apply. 
After all, aren't Leicas famous for not depreciating? It seems like that
Leica (at least this kind of lens) is not worthy its price.  Or are things
changing also in the Leica market?  At this point, it seems that the only
long-term investement only applies to rare M6s or alike? 
Hope I am wrong.
What do you think?

Have a great day, folks