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    Where to buy new Leica M?

    My brother is looking for one, and everywhere is back ordered. Where is the best place to pre-order (best chance of getting one soon)?

    (I'm talking about the M240, not Mini M )

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Check your PM. Avoid boutique shops.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Hong Kong or Singapore, I guess, but you will have to buy the kit lens (Noctilux) with it..
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Quote Originally Posted by jaapv View Post
    Hong Kong or Singapore, I guess, but you will have to buy the kit lens (Noctilux) with it..
    Not exactly true. I bought mine in SG in Apr without any lens. Just the body. Must know which shops to go to. Anyway don't think they have stock at this moment.
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    I think I will wait until they go out of production. (Eye Roll) (Me on the left, Leica on the right)
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    It's a bit late to get one soon; that would just be pure luck.

    As a consumer: I would put in a backorder with several dealers.

    As dealer: I'm not taking any backorders, because most of those are lost when other dealers get deliveries. (See previous paragraph.) This way when one finally shows up, I can simply enter an order and ship it. There is no point in actively collecting backorders as the effort will not be rewarded the vast majority of the time.

    Have had many conversations over the years with Leica and the regional rep about creating a system so dealers don't lose backorders to other dealers. They listen patiently and agree it's a good idea, and then carry on.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    I don't think it would be realistic to hope to get one before at least 3-4 months if you're very lucky.
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    I'm thinking 3-4 years... LOL. I like my M9, I like my M9...

    Seriously, I have not even seen a vapor trail of one. Let alone a real product. But I was not early out of the gate looking for one either.

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    Thanks everyone (and Amin!). I've got my name on 3 lists. Two local and also the Leica store in NYC

    I guess one day I'll get a nice surprise phone call!

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    Bijan, how are you liking your 35 FLE?

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Quote Originally Posted by monza View Post
    Bijan, how are you liking your 35 FLE?

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    I like it a lot. Thx !

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Quote Originally Posted by edwardkaraa View Post
    I don't think it would be realistic to hope to get one before at least 3-4 months if you're very lucky.
    http://www.getdpi.com/forum/leica/46...-delivery.html
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    1. Shangri-La
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    3. The Unobtanium mine near Roswell, New Mexico.
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    Delivery Patterns

    We all need to have something to do while waiting for our M to arrive. I have observed the following delivery patterns, mostly from posts on the Leica camera forum.

    1) Leica Stores get the biggest allocation, and require no deposit to get on their waiting list. Initial orders at the Los Angeles store were delivered within 2 weeks, but I'm sure the wait would be longer now.
    2) Leica Boutiques get the next biggest allocation, with some locations having serviced over two dozen customers. They are independently owned, and some require deposits or prepayments. I have heard of deliveries in less than 4 weeks.
    3) Medium-sized Leica dealers seem to be next in line. A post claims PopFlash delivered to their 28th (or was it 25th) customer waiting last week.
    4) Small shops are receiving some allocations. I was #7 on the list locally and received mine last week after a six month wait.
    5) Big photo dealers, like the ones listed on nowinstock.net, are also receiving stock. I have no data on how quickly they are fulfilling their list.

    Calling small dealers is a bit like mushroom hunting. I ran into a 10770 in Orlando in April and was able to refer another buyer to the store. Pure luck for us both.

    Happy hunting.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Check your PM.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    It seems that M is shipping in greater quantities. Maybe Leica has final dealt with the production bottlenecks.
    The new Ms don't fetch as high a resell price as they did a few months ago which is a great thing

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Tamarkin Camera in Chicago ( Tamarkin Camera | America's Premier Leica Specialist Since 1971 ) is a wonderful store. The owner, Dan could not be more helpful and knowledgeable. He also has a great inventory of very clean used gear.
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    hey guys...

    anybody have tips on where to gat a new M (preferably a black one) quickly? currently on the list with Ken H and Tamarkin and unfortunately no ETA on when they're getting one for me.

    thanks.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Murphys in Lexington is showing one
    Murphy's Camera | Shop Online

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    thanks for the tip..

    first time i've heard of this store...has anybody here bought from them?...is Murphy's Camera an authorized reseller? it's not in the Leica website list...but B&H isn't in that list, either...so maybe not a big deal...

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    Murphys in Lexington is showing one
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    The Murphys in Lexington, KY, has been there for as long as I can remember. They would not last that long if they were not reputable.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    yeah a quick google answered my question. :-)

    they have 5 locations...and in business for over 50 years...so that's a good sign. ;-)

    thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by BANKER1 View Post
    The Murphys in Lexington, KY, has been there for as long as I can remember. They would not last that long if they were not reputable.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    the Ms are actually not that hard to come by anymore. almost any Leica boutique store will have one with 2-3 weeks wait time (it is so at the Soho store). Also a lot of members are selling theirs I think

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    I got my MM from them. Couldn't recommend them more highly.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    What are you thinking about getting a certified pre-owned M240?

    I found one which is about $700 cheaper than new but comes only with 1 year warranty.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Bergen County Camera in NJ was super fast for me.
    Many of the regional non-Leica branded boutiques are able to get you a camera pretty quick at this point.
    Popflash in CA had a shortish wait as well.
    The big name regional guys were all super friendly on the phone, they wanted to sell me a camera. DId not quite get that sense from the Leica Stores.

    Leica Store DC/NY/FL were quoting months while the above were quoting weeks. I also question if all the Leica Stores are holding true to their waiting lists or not.

    I have been on the Leica SoHo list since August. Waited two months, during which I called for an update.. all of 2 times. Got an uneasy feeling of their delivery estimate slipping/becoming vaguer and not the most friendly service on the phone. Sort of Jekyll & Hyde response calling them. One guy is super helpful and proactively letting me know where I stand in line. Other guy didn't really want to be on the phone, and was extremely vague as to how much more of a wait.

    Called Bergen County, had a nice conversation and got a camera in a week.

    Meanwhile I intended to call Leica SoHo to get off the list, but the combination of curiosity as to when they might call me.. and disinterest in running into rude service.. I have not yet.

    While waiting I read some stories online of people seemingly jumping the line @ Leica SoHo, which was the other reason I called Bergen County.. and why I am still conducting my experiment.
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    I got one in about week from Southeastern Camera. 919-890-4484. I talked with Patrick Todd. I have no affiliation with them. They had one arrive Friday, but it could be gone by now.

    If that does not work I have received an extra M that was prepaid by me and will sell for my cost from a FL Leica dealer which includes FL sales tax. It's black and the shutter button has never been touched. PM me.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    both Murphy's Camera and SouthEastern are out...when I called Murphy's this morning as soon as they open they said that the only camera had is sale pending...some bastard beat me to it..lol.

    I called PrecisionCamera and they're out, too.

    no NJ stores for now (unless i get desperate lol) to "avoid" (using the term loosely) the sales tax...

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Just to pick the brains of the prospective M240 buyers. Why are you taking the plunge now? Are you slightly attracted by the A7r and the new Nikon DF (less so now I guess)? Is it just more of the Leica brand that's attractive or the rangefinder experience, or the build?

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmbma View Post
    Just to pick the brains of the prospective M240 buyers. Why are you taking the plunge now? Are you slightly attracted by the A7r and the new Nikon DF (less so now I guess)? Is it just more of the Leica brand that's attractive or the rangefinder experience, or the build?
    it's always been my plan to get the M240...i decided not to get one right away to avoid the frenzy...but i thought wrong that the shortage was over (better now, but far from over)... *sigh*

    the A7r is nice, and I admit it smitten me a little bit...but once it all sank in, i know i'll b*tch about its ergonomics if i start using one eventually.

    as for the new DF, I already have a D600. while it's cool-looking and all, it's still the same banana IMO.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    There is no shortage of M240's at present. The big resellers regularly have one or two in stock on a weekly basis.

    Leica M 240 IN STOCK! Black or Silver! | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Quote Originally Posted by lambert View Post
    There is no shortage of M240's at present. The big resellers regularly have one or two in stock on a weekly basis.

    Leica M 240 IN STOCK! Black or Silver! | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
    Ken Hansen's out (I'm on his list...) I also called that Pro shop in Florida but they only accept Wire Transfer or Cashier's check as payment...holy cow...what is this, 1987?

    i must be really having tough time getting an M240...called several stores today and they're all out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubuli View Post
    Ken Hansen's out (I'm on his list...) I also called that Pro shop in Florida but they only accept Wire Transfer or Cashier's check as payment...holy cow...what is this, 1987?

    i must be really having tough time getting an M240...called several stores today and they're all out.
    There are a couple M240's currently for sale on this forum.

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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    Quote Originally Posted by lambert View Post
    There are a couple M240's currently for sale on this forum.

    They are asking more than MSRP. I am not sure it is worth to pay more than retail price now, since it is not hard to find anymore from dealers. You might need to wait a couple of days or weeks but not months anymore.

    Also, I believe we should not support those people who ask more than the retail price because this forum is not a *bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ark8012 View Post
    They are asking more than MSRP. I am not sure it is worth to pay more than retail price now, since it is not hard to find anymore from dealers. You might need to wait a couple of days or weeks but not months anymore.

    Also, I believe we should not support those people who ask more than the retail price because this forum is not a *bay.
    Popflash recently listed a couple of used M240's. One for around $6350 and the other for around $6270. Both in 9.88/10 condition (as new with close to zero actuations). The Australian RRP is now $9250 (inc 10% GST). I could have bought a used one with a few hundred actuations for $7000 last week. A month ago, I would have jumped on this deal. But given that I pre-ordered an M7R, I'm going to see how it fares first.

    If you struggle to score an M240 for the right price, you may want to consider an M7R as a stop-gap. If not, sit tight. M240's are becoming available, both new and used, on a regular basis.
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    Re: Where to buy new Leica M?

    I broke down and went to Bergen today...it was an hour drive from my place but it's worth it...

    for those who are looking, as of this morning they still have one in chrome.

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    Congrats, and glad to hear you went to Bergen!
    I had a great experience with them. Professional and friendly.
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