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List prices of Leica R6 in 1989


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So, I was idly curious as to why I'd never bought an R camera new.   I decided to see if I could find the original list prices of my R6.2 in 1992.  I didn't, but I did find a Popular Photography article excerpt that showed that an R6 MSRP was $3150 in 1989 and a Summilux-R carried a list price of $2250.   Adjusted for inflation, that puts the R6 at $7344.30 today, and the Summilux at $5245.93 today.   As I was making about $26,000 in 1989 I know now why I never had one!    I'm enjoying them today, however.

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Leica prices really too a sudden jump in the early 1970s, after I had bought my M4 (& 3 lenses) and SL (& 3 lenses). When the M5 came out folks who had older Leicas really complained about the M5 price - but if they looked at the increased prices of the M4 (plus Leicameter) the M5 looked appropriate. But the Leica focus was on the R series then, and the lens prices made me uncomfortable.

For something more affordable I added a Pentax MX and several of the small M lenses, and used these as my carry-around system.  Not Leica quality, but better than I expected, and I really enjoyed the smaller size.

In the 1980s I splurged on an R4 (grey market due to cost), and in 1985 a legit M6 body. Then I got married and no new Leica equipment until after the kids were grown and I retired.

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From Popular Photography, 1989

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Continuing... 

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That price list is interesting, because by 2002 an M6 TTL was selling for $1995 - that is below the dealer cost in 1992. With a 10% discount on top of that ($1799) at Leica Day store events. (And Leica was going broke.)

Introduction of the Euro, other currency variations. I wonder what an R8/R9 was selling for ($US) in 2002?

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