Leica Camera Prices - Back in 1971

In an old catalogue (1971/72) from the Foka camera store in Rotterdam I found some historic prices of Leitz cameras and lenses. It is just another peek into the history and development of the Leica brand.

Translation from the Leitz catalogue page from "Foka - nieuws" (1971/72)

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LEICA M4

35mm Rangefinder camera with automatic parallax correction. Viewfinder with frames for 35, 50, 90 and 135mm lenses. Fast load system for film for all brands of 35mm film and Leica cassette. Interchangeable lenses. Focal-plane shutter with support for times form 1 - 1/1000 sec. and B. Integrated self-timer.

With Elmar 1:2.8 - 50mm ... fl. 1458,- (EUR 662)

With Summicron 1:2.0 - 50mm ... fl. 1725,- (EUR 783)

With Summilux 1:1.4 - 50mm ... fl. 1976,- (EUR 897)

Ever Ready Case ... fl. 76,- (EUR 35)

LENSES FOR M4

Summaron 1:2.8 - 35mm ... fl. 417,- (EUR 190)

Summiron 1:2.0 - 35mm ... fl. 573,- (EUR 260)

Elmarit 1:2.8 - 90mm ... fl. 604,- (EUR 274)

Tele-Elmar 1:4.0 - 135mm ... fl. 597,- (EUR 271)

Elmarit 1:2.8 - 135mm ... fl. 1097,- (EUR 498)

LEICAFLEX SL

Single lens reflex camera with integrated CdS exposure meter. Interchangeable lens. Prism viewfinder with micro prism to support focusing. Quick-return mirror. Focal-plane shutter with support for times from 1 - 1/2000 sec. and B. Integrated self-timer.

With Summicron-R 1:2.0 - 50mm ... fl. 2338,- (EUR 1061)

Ever Ready Case ... fl. 83,- (EUR 38)

LENSES FOR LEICAFLEX

Super-Angulon 1:4.0 - 21mm ... fl. 1175,- (EUR 533)

Elmarit-R 1:2.8 - 35mm ... fl. 684,- (EUR 310)

Elmarit-R 1:2.8 - 90mm ... fl. 727,- (EUR 330)

These lenses are delivered with lens hood

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Notes added September 04, 2010, (9:45):

  • Exchange rate for Euro conversion used: fl. 2.20371 = EUR 1.00 (formal exchange rate when Euro was introduced).
  • Published prices have VAT included, probably 18%.

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Picture: Front cover and Leitz page from Foka-nieuws from 1971/72.

Picture: Front cover and Leitz page from Foka-nieuws from 1971/72.