So you might ask what all the hubbub about Leica is, right? Another question you might ask is why are the cameras and lenses so expensive? The reason why Leica lenses and cameras cost so much is partly because of the Leica mystique perpetuated by photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, and the handmade quality and design of the optics and parts.
A Leica M camera can run anywhere from $4000 for a 35mm film camera to their M digital series north of $15,000, and don’t forget their lenses aren’t cheap either, and start at a modest $1,300.
I’ve never personally shot with a Leica, but I certainly would buy one if I had the money. I am attracted to them because of their small size, and the photographs I’ve seen made with them, which are in my opinion, extraordinary. The lenses are all made by hand and inspected thoroughly by a Leica technician who runs it through its paces in order to ensure it’s up to the standards and quality customers demand.
I came across a video today that shows how Leica makes their lenses and wanted to share it to help shed some light on how these high-quality Leica lenses are made.