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    Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    While I am certain Leica will not adjust US prices unless demands falls off..they are currently up to 20%+ higher than the UK or the Euro. A 21/.4 summilux for example looks to be about a $1000 cheaper in the UK or Germany .

    Of course finding anything in stock I am sure is the issue.

    Checking Robert White it seems that most other suppliers Nikon,Zeiss for example are close to the US prices.

    Anybody finding this to their advantage?

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    Re: Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    Roger,
    A quick check of a shop in Germany shows the 50 Summicron with 19% VAT at 1550 Euro sans the VAT 1255. So that works out to $1898 with VAT or $1537 without while the retail price here is $1995. Quite a savings I would say. I wonder if US Leica contracts the price on the Euro or dollar?

    This is why Hasselblad can offer a "Free" $7,200 lens I guess.

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    Re: Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    Quote Originally Posted by atanabe View Post
    Roger,

    Remember in the 70s if you bought the 800 Telyt you got a VW Bug as a carrying case?

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    What a crazy marketing idea.... I wonder how may VW they "gave a way"?

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    Re: Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    Quote Originally Posted by glenerrolrd View Post
    While I am certain Leica will not adjust US prices unless demands falls off..they are currently up to 20%+ higher than the UK or the Euro. A 21/.4 summilux for example looks to be about a $1000 cheaper in the UK or Germany .
    .....

    Anybody finding this to their advantage?
    Yes, indeed, since Im in Europe....

    The opposite situation about Adobe software, however. We have to pay far more, even for downloads of the English versions from the Adobe site....

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    Re: Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    I remember when the Kodak 14n first came out, and the pound did a nasty, there was a point where you could get a flight to NY, spend a weekend in a good hotel, buy the camera from B&H and still save money.

    We haven't quite got there yet.

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    Re: Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    Jono,
    Not quite there yet, Seattle to Frankfurt - $1300 RT so it would have to be a 21 or 24 Summilux to equal the trip cost savings. Buy an S2 and get flight and lodging? Buy an S2, 35, 70 and 180 get a rental car and guide :-)

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    I'm looking forward to hitting Germany in August (family and vacation, and err, M9).

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    Re: Leica Prices and Exchange Rates

    Assuming a purchase made from Robert White UK and imported to the US, are there any brokers or customs fees incurred by a US recipient? I know my credit card charges 2-3% for the currency conversion. And would there be any warranty issues with Leica NJ?

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