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Leica Camera Store Opens in Penn Quarter

by Prince Of Petworth April 16, 2012 at 10:30 am 12 Comments

Back in late Feb. 2012 I was wondering what was happening with the Leica camera store coming to 975 F St, NW in Penn Quarter. I’m happy to report that this last weekend the store was open and looking awesome. This is some serious camera porn the Leica M9 below has a $7,000 price tag.

  • I don’t know that much about cameras, but what could possibly be that good about that camera to justify a $7000 price tag? Does it have like a 50 megapixel resolution or something?

    • Leicas have a dedicated fanbase. The lenses are supposedly excellent and they’re built solid. That said, they’re often more for hobbyists with more money than they know what to do with than for pros. Even for that small segment, Fuji has been releasing several cameras as of late that look like Leicas and apparently shoot like Leicas, but cost 1/3 or less in price.

    • Anonymous

      Leicas are excellent cameras, but a new Leica is a rich person’s plaything and little else. Serious photographers buy them used after their original owners lose interest and move on to something else.

    • a_w

      It’s just like any tool – a $2 hammer will put a nail through wood, but the $50 hammer will do it better.

  • drsnacks

    If it turns out there really is a market for this store in DC I think I’ll take up mugging.

    • flatsix

      Are you just outraged that some people have this kind of money? Or are you outraged that there are manufacturers that cater to them? Do you carjack people that drive Ferraris? I really don’t see your point.

  • Weird

    Nothing compares to Leica glass (the lenses) and the cameras are built like tanks. These are not for your typical amateur, but for the prosumer/pro base.

    • stinkypesto

      I’d much rather have Mamiya or Hasselblad (nee Fuji). Leica stuff is great for the size, but if you don’t mind the weight of larger items, there is some better stuff out there.

  • Anonymous

    I’m Eurotrippin’ . . .

  • Petworthy

    I get the Panasonic Lumix. More bang for your buck and has the Leica lens and chip.
    Of course, nothing beats the beauty of the real thing.

    • Anonymous

      Those are comparable (and in fact identical) to the less expensive Leica point and shoot cameras, but not the M Series.

  • Anonymous

    It is all in the glass!!!

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