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    Leica Lens Value -

    What do you all think of this article: http://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/cosina.htm

    Do Leica lenses really see that much appreciation in value?

    Ken definitely undervalued the M8.2!

    "The Leica M8 came out in 2006, and was replaced by the M8.2 in 2008. As I write this, the M8.2 costs $6,000, but in two more years, good luck fetching $3,000 for it used. In five years, when hopefully Leica has a full-frame M9, the M8.2 will probably be worth a lot less than a 1954 M3, or about $800."

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    Hmmm...one sure way to get some people here exercised is to mention Ken.

    Current M lenses will continue to appreciate only so long as there is a strong presence of a manual focus digital system from Leica. The lens values were languishing until the 8 came out, as interest in film is not strong enough to maintain a vibrant Leica market. Lenses may fall in value again if Leica were to develop an AF system, but I don't think they have the R&D capability to pull that off. But if they DID, then once again the current M lenses will decline. If Leica cannot maintain a viable MF rangefinder, lenses will still be used with adapters on other cameras, but I am certain this will not permit the lenses to appreciate.

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    Last year before the m9 came out used 50 asph summiluxes were selling used for arpundf 1900. Now with the m9 out it is 3300 or so. When the m8 was out with the crop factor the 50 lux was not an in demand lens.

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    Re: Leica Lens Value -

    Quote Originally Posted by edmund View Post
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    Do Leica lenses really see that much appreciation in value?
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    Now, what you guys are talking about is *depreciation* of value....

    *Appreciation* of a Leica lens will only grow for each image you get from it...

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    Re: Leica Lens Value -

    Quote Originally Posted by Per Ofverbeck View Post
    Now, what you guys are talking about is *depreciation* of value....

    *Appreciation* of a Leica lens will only grow for each image you get from it...
    Couldn't agree more!

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