As expected, there is enormous demand for the Leica Q3. Leica fans across the globe face a waiting list of up to six months, and dealers have been astounded by the level of interest being shown in the new camera. This supports the experience of Japanese Leica dealers, revealed in a Leica Rumors post earlier this week.
According to a statement by Leica Japan, orders for the Leica Q3 far exceed the company’s expectations worldwide:
We are currently receiving orders for the Leica Q3 that far exceed our expectations worldwide, so it is taking some time to deliver. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers. We will deliver the products one by one, but it is expected that you will have to wait for a long time. Please understand that it is difficult to give an answer at this time regarding the delivery time.Statement from Leica Japan
Demand for the Q3 across the globe
Macfilos has checked the situation in a number of markets throughout the world.
Alex Santamaria of Red Dot Cameras in London said that the Q3 got off to a flying start when it was announced on May 25. He estimated that orders placed now could take six months if Leica is not able to increase the delivery rate.
Leica Store San Francisco confirms the worldwide story in a discussion with Macfilos: “There is significant demand for the Leica Q3. If someone added their name to the waiting list for the Q3 today, it is unlikely that they would have a camera in their hands before the end of the year. Some enthusiasts put their names on the waiting list for this camera several years before it was officially announced”.
Leica India told our New Delhi correspondent that interest in the Q3 is roughly double that of the Q2 following the launch. However, they explained that India is a very niche market for Leica products and cannot be compared directly with the situation in other areas, such as Europe.
In Germany, Leica Store Konstanz also reports tremendous demand for the new Q3. Owner, Markus Wintersig, told Macfilos that he had expected great interest in this camera, but he was still surprised by the number of orders he had received. At the moment, he has a waiting list that could stretch over several months, depending on the supply from Wetzlar.
However, with some customers pre-ordering from more than one dealer and buying where they are served first, not every name on the waiting list automatically means a sold camera. “The Q had a huge success from day one”, Markus Wintersig said, “and it has been going steadily and strongly over all the years and at all stages of the models’ life cycles”. This is also true for used Q models, he added.
David Stephens of Leica Store Manchester also mentions the problem of multiple orders with several dealers. He told us that is difficult to identify customers who are also placing orders with other dealers, but he warned against the practice: “You are not going to get your camera sooner, and I would advise to choose just one dealer and stake a place on the waiting list”.
When the original Q was introduced in 2015, the level of demand was exceptional, and the camera has gone on to become one of Leica’s most successful digital cameras of the past 15 years. Eight years after the launch of the series, the Q3 is still without direct competition and is widely regarded as one of the best cameras on the market today.
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