Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/04/01

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Subject: [Leica] M7/MP only 5% of US Leica Sales...
From: red735i at (Frank Filippone)
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 06:21:27 -0700
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When Hasselblad stopped production of the 500 series cameras, it was said
that they had enough inventory of bodies and most lenses to last a while.
When they cut the workforce to about 75 people, you can imagine they were
producing nothing...... working down inventory.  That was more than 10 years
ago, and they still have some V series lenses and some bodies available for
sale, new, at the factory.

I think Leica would not want to be stuck with old film camera inventory ....
thus the comment that they are selling more units than they are making
sounds reasonable.

The other item to note: Leica counts sales only to their dealer network....
consumer sales mean nothing..... So if the dealers have accumulated
inventory which they are selling without a reorder from Solms, that also
adds to the misconception that no one is buying Leica film cameras.

As I said previously, the number of film Leica cameras of the M3-M6 vintage
that sell used on Ebay is truly impressive..... 

Someone is buying these cameras.... and that is definitely eating into new
camera sales.....  ( Especially at cost savings of 1/2 to 2/3 the price of a
new M7)

Frank Filippone
red735i at

USA President is estimating that they are 6 to 7 months backlogged
currently. Stefan Daniel aready said that they can actually sell more film
M's than they are making right now...... 

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