Leica increased UK prices of most lenses and accessories at the yesterday by between 1.5% and 4.4%. Strangely, camera bodies, with the exception of the fixed-lens Q2 and D-Lux, are unaffected. We understand that this price increase applies to the UK only and is presumably to compensate for the fall in the value of sterling against the euro.
Lenses have taken the brunt of the increase, ranging from 2.4% on the 75mm Noctilux (now £10,500) to 4.4% on the 50mm Noctilux (now £9,500). The cheapest M lens, the 50mm Summarit, rises 3.8% to £1,450. The 28mm Summilux is up 2.8% to £5,450 while the 50mm ‘Lux is now £3,350 (up a more modest 1.5%).
SL lenses have also risen, with the popular 24-90mm Vario-Elmarit rising by 3.8% to £4,050.
While all system bodies and some fixed-lens cameras (the C-Lux and V-Lux) are excluded from the increase, both the Q2 and D-Lux 7 prices have gone up.
The Q2 price was increased from £4,250 to £4,375 at the beginning of September as part of a world-wide adjustment. It has now risen a further 2.9% to £4,500. However, if the September price rise is ignored, the Q2 is now nearly 6% higher than it was in August.
Leica followers will recall that the Q, when introduced in 2015, was listed at just under £3,000 which means that this fixed-lens full-frame camera has risen by 50% in four years.