Leica, known as a German camera and lens manufacturer with factories in Germany, has issued an official press release to its US fans. The press release states that the company will now manufacture a range of Leica M-mount lenses in Portugal. These lenses will be labeled “Made in Portugal” and will be sold at a lower price than those produced in German factories.
However, buyers should not be afraid – the build quality and results will not suffer, according to the company. Moreover, if it is important for someone that the lenses are manufactured from Germany, they can still buy these optics, but at a higher cost.
All this is due to the fact that last year the United States of America began to impose duties on goods from the EU. A total of about US $7.5 billion. The new tariff rules include certain imported goods, including those made in Germany. Thus, lenses for Leica cameras fell under duty. The company was forced to take such a step, deciding to create an alternative production outside Germany, but without leaving Europe. This place was Portugal.
Below is a list of nine lenses that Leica is currently producing in Portugal and their pre-order price and availability:
- Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, Black (Made in Portugal) – $3,995
- Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, Silver (Made in Portugal) – $4,195
- Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, Black Chrome (Made in Portugal) – $4,595
- Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, Black (Made in Portugal) – $3,295
- Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, Silver (Made in Portugal) – $3,495
- Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6, Silver (Made in Portugal) – $2,595
- Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH, Black (Made in Portugal) – $4,395
- Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH, Black (Made in Portugal) – $2,295
- Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2, Black (Made in Portugal) – $2,395
As you can see from the list above, lenses with the tag line Made in Portugal are slightly cheaper than the German versions, which will undoubtedly be appreciated by buyers.
The Leica Summilux-M 50mm F1.4 ASPH lens trio will be available this month. Delivery of Leica Summicron-M 35mm F2 primes and Summaron-M 28mm F5.6 will begin in September. And finally, the last three lenses will be available this December: Summicron-M 28mm F2, Summicron-M 50mm F2, and Elmarit-M 28mm F2.8.
Let me remind you that earlier we reported that Leica has unveiled the M10-R digital rangefinder full-frame camera with a newly developed sensor, a resolution of more than 40 megapixels, which is significantly more than the M10 model, which was announced back in 2017.