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    Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    Today I decided to finally order a 50mm Summilux as I have been lusting after this lens for a while and now with my new M9 in hand I decided it was time.

    So I called my local Leica dealer expecting a 6-12 month wait for one of these babies. The dealer said they just received an order of 50mm Summilux lenses that fulfilled all of the orders on backlog so I would be the first on the waiting list for the next batch.

    That's great, I said - how long do you expect before the next batch, I asked? He said about a month - which I thought was great.

    About two hours later, he calls me back and says "has it already been a month?" - puzzled, I said "huh?".

    Then he says the last guy on the waiting list wanted a silver one and the last lens they had was black so if I wanted a black one, it was mine!

    Well that's exactly what I wanted - so now I have my 50mm lux with no wait time - how lucky is that!

    I can't pick it up till Saturday but I am stoked - can't wait to get my hands on this lens
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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    Very cool. Enjoy.

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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    Joe: Congratulations! Enjoy.

    Cheers, Matt

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    It shows the importance of getting on a dealers list when wanting a new Leica lens. Too many people ring around then complain nobody has one instead of saying to the dealer 'put me down for one'. I ordered my 50mm Summilux a few months ago with a possible six month delivery time, and three days later the shipment to all the UK outlets had arrived and I got that phone call from my local dealer.

    Enjoy your lens!

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    Thanks Steve - you're not kidding talking to a dealer - I was really in no hurry and had set my expectations for a long wait so this was a big surprise. Even if I hadn't gotten lucky, my dealer said it shouldn't take more than a month to get one.
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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll View Post
    Joe: Congratulations! Enjoy.

    Cheers, Matt

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    Thanks Matt - really looking forward to this lens!
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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    Congratulations!

    . . . . . I love stories where people actually get to buy a new lens at a retail price instead of from the number of scalpers who buy to resell at a higher price.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seakayaker View Post
    Congratulations!

    . . . . . I love stories where people actually get to buy a new lens at a retail price instead of from the number of scalpers who buy to resell at a higher price.

    Enjoy!
    Exactly - after looking at the prices of used Leica lenses, I decided to buy directly from dealer at regular retail prices and just wait however long it takes.

    I've really been wanting this lens but couldn't justify paying north of $4,500 for a used copy...
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    That's awesome! Lucky man.

    Definitely worthwhile to support the dealers and get the lens for what it actually costs, along with a warranty.

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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    Good things come to those who wait
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    Quote Originally Posted by seakayaker View Post
    Congratulations!

    . . . . . I love stories where people actually get to buy a new lens at a retail price instead of from the number of scalpers who buy to resell at a higher price.

    Enjoy!
    Me 2! Big Congrats Joe!

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    Where's the local Leica dealer for Santa Cruz - Palo Alto?

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    Yes - Keeble & Schucat ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Negative View Post
    That's awesome! Lucky man.

    Definitely worthwhile to support the dealers and get the lens for what it actually costs, along with a warranty.
    Quote Originally Posted by atanabe View Post
    Good things come to those who wait
    Quote Originally Posted by shtarka1 View Post
    Me 2! Big Congrats Joe!
    Thanks guys - itching to try this lens

    Cheers,
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    Congratulations - I'll get a new Lux one of these days, but I have a really nice pre-ASPH, so there's no rush.

    K&S is a nice place - and since they never have any lenses I want, I'm safe to go there

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    Quote Originally Posted by tele_player View Post
    Congratulations - I'll get a new Lux one of these days, but I have a really nice pre-ASPH, so there's no rush.

    K&S is a nice place - and since they never have any lenses I want, I'm safe to go there
    Lol - I've had the same issue with them and Nikon lenses - guess I got really lucky with this one ;-)

    Gonna try for a 35mm cron next
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    Good job!

    The guys at Keeble have been pretty good to me, too. They're the reason I got the E-5 the instant it showed up in stores ... and with a small discount too.

    Enjoy that Summilux 50. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Good job!

    The guys at Keeble have been pretty good to me, too. They're the reason I got the E-5 the instant it showed up in stores ... and with a small discount too.

    Enjoy that Summilux 50. :-)
    Thanks Godfrey - I like K&S - been going to them for nigh on 25 years now ;-)
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    35 Cron - excellent, I've got two, three if I count the 40 Cron-C.

    Quote Originally Posted by mountainjoe View Post
    Yes - Keeble & Schucat ;-)
    Quote Originally Posted by mountainjoe View Post
    Lol - I've had the same issue with them and Nikon lenses - guess I got really lucky with this one ;-)

    Gonna try for a 35mm cron next

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainjoe View Post
    Yes - Keeble & Schucat ;-)
    Cool shop. That's where I first got the Leica bug. I first held and played with a Leica M there ... and soon after started down the "Leica life road."

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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    I got my chrome 50 lux asph 2 weeks after ordering with Camera West.

    I do find the inflated prices funny, even funnier that people pay them for used glass

    Enjoy your 50 lux asph, it is a magic lens

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrice View Post
    I got my chrome 50 lux asph 2 weeks after ordering with Camera West.

    I do find the inflated prices funny, even funnier that people pay them for used glass

    Enjoy your 50 lux asph, it is a magic lens
    I guess whatever the market will bear

    Hopefully the increased capacity Leica is bringing online will help bring the used market pricing down out of the stratosphere...
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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    I suppose if you have more money than patience then the used pricing is fine.

    I'll be happy when production kicks up and I can get my 35 lux and 21 super-elmar. I'm patient, I can wait for that day. Can still take perfectly adequate photographs with my ZM's and voigtlanders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrice View Post
    Can still take perfectly adequate photographs with my ZM's and voigtlanders.
    Dan, I know your landscape work, so that's one hell of an understatement

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    You're making me blush Mike thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Woods View Post
    Dan, I know your landscape work, so that's one hell of an understatement

    Mike
    +1 to that! Goes once again to illustrate that there is no substitute (not even the worlds most expensive lenses) to understanding the various disciplines of photography, in order to makes strong and memorable photographs.

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    Re: Funny thing happened while ordering a 50mm lux!

    This is great news for me, since I'll be in the market for a 35mm lux. I love that there are at least two for sale in the forum and aren't being snatched up right away. Back to realistic prices!

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    Thanks for the story,Joe.
    Nice to hear a positive Leica M supply story for a change.

    Any idea how many 50 Lux's they actually received.

    Since you seem to be a regular there,do they have a good inventory of other
    M lenses?
    I'm just waiting for a condo sale to close at which point I'll be in the market
    for a major M buy-in (2 bodies and 4-5 lenses)
    Locally,it's going to be tough to fulfill in a reasonable time frame so,based on the
    positive vibe your store is getting on this thread I may just look south of the
    border

    Best,
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtomalty View Post
    Thanks for the story,Joe.
    Nice to hear a positive Leica M supply story for a change.

    Any idea how many 50 Lux's they actually received.

    Since you seem to be a regular there,do they have a good inventory of other
    M lenses?
    I'm just waiting for a condo sale to close at which point I'll be in the market
    for a major M buy-in (2 bodies and 4-5 lenses)
    Locally,it's going to be tough to fulfill in a reasonable time frame so,based on the
    positive vibe your store is getting on this thread I may just look south of the
    border

    Best,
    Mark
    Hey Mark;

    I just picked up the 50mm lux today and put down a deposit on a 35mm cron while I was there. They said the cron shouldn't be too long but the 35mm lux is on a waiting list.

    Best thing is to put down a deposit and you have the best chance of getting one - otherwise it's hit and miss.

    Good luck with your purchases.

    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosermage View Post
    This is great news for me, since I'll be in the market for a 35mm lux. I love that there are at least two for sale in the forum and aren't being snatched up right away. Back to realistic prices!
    Yeah - I hope the used market is cooling off - I would like to pick up a used 90mm f2 and maybe a 24mm myself ;-)

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrice View Post
    I got my chrome 50 lux asph 2 weeks after ordering with Camera West.

    I do find the inflated prices funny, even funnier that people pay them for used glass

    Enjoy your 50 lux asph, it is a magic lens

    I bought my 50 lux asph chrome at $4500. My dealer told me last time he saw the chrome one was two years ago.

    Crying.

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