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Lens shortages

Discussion in 'Leica Camera Chat' started by Mr_Geoff, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Mr_Geoff

    Mr_Geoff Well-Known Member

    Has anyone any information about what Leica are doing (I hope) to step up production of their lenses?

    There do not appear to be any new Summilux lenses in stock anywhere?

    Also, when I asked to be put on the waiting list for a particular lens with a London dealer, they asked me for a 10% non-refundable deposit. With a possible wait time quoted of 4 to 6 months, I thought this was a bit cheeky - but is this standard practice?
  2. Alex1994

    Alex1994 Well-Known Member

    Aren't they moving to new, bigger premises in Germany? Hopefully with a bigger factory.

    I seem to recall seeing something online somewhere about their lens production catching up, but can't remember where. They're opening so many new stores around the world you'd hope they'd have the stock to fill them!

    I don't know if a dealer asking for a non-refundable deposit is normal, but in view of the shortages I wouldn't expect they'd have trouble selling it anyway. But if you order something out of stock from an online store you wouldn't expect to pay anything until it's ready for dispatch. It looks like the 10% deposit, non-refundable, is the price you pay for having to go to specialist Leica dealers!

    Have you tried the Leica store in London? Back in December they had hardly any lenses in stock. I don't know if they ask for a deposit. But at least you could ask them when they expect the shortages to end.

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