Leica cameras are not cheaper in Germany. Leica Cameras that are manufactured in Portugal are cheaper than the ones manufactured in Germany.
The reason why Leica cameras are so expensive is that they are made from high-quality materials and hand-crafted in Germany, so the production cost of the German materials is costlier.
In this article, I will cover some basics of Leica cameras such as, where the cameras are manufactured, where the optics are manufactured and the cheapest places you can buy a Leica camera from.
Since the 1920s, Leica cameras are designed and manufactured by the most skilled craftsmen in Germany. Supreme quality materials of German technology are used in manufacturing these cameras, for everyday use and to ensure long-term durability.
The Leica factory is situated in Wetzlar, Germany. The Leica company was founded by Ernest Leitz Wetzlar. At first, the Leica company was named “Leitz Company”, but in 1986 the company name changed to Leica due to the strength and popularity of the brand.
Thus, the Leica camera division became a private, independent company.
Leica optics are manufactured in two places – Germany and Portugal. The lenses made in the Portugal factory offer the same sleek design, construction tolerances and pristine quality as those manufactured in the German factory.
The manufacturing of Leica Lenses in Portugal offers the customers of the USA a better price on the lenses since the tariffs on German optics increased the cost in the United States.
Lenses manufactured in Portugal:
- Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH
- Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
- Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6
- Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH
- Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2
For more information about these lenses and their prices, you can go refer to the link below.
In all of the countries in which Leica cameras are sold, Hong Kong has the cheapest rates compared to the cost price in US, Singapore, Portugal and Germany.
If you still wish to buy a Leica camera at a much lower price, then the only option left is to buy a pre-owned camera. Since Leica cameras are specifically designed for long-term usage, a pre-owned camera will not hinder your experience with the camera.
The cost price of various Leica cameras depends on their models. While some models may be cheaper in Hong Kong, some might be cheaper in US or France. For example, the M11 Leica camera is the cheapest in France and Austria.
Leica cameras have been around since the 1920s. With time, their models and quality have only gone better.
These German manufactured cameras are made with precision, passion and determination, resulting in the most expensive cameras in the world, capable of taking the best photos. Aside from Wetzlar, Germany, Leica manufactures lenses in Portugal.
Thus, reducing the cost. Other places you might find cheaper Leica models would be Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, France, the US, etc, depending on the models.