Leica KE7A Fair Market Value

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by gloria_moriarty, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Am trying to estimate what the fair market value of a Leica KE7A
    (military verision of the M4)would be. I know that it was made for
    the U.S. military in the early 1970's and it has an Elcon lens.
     
  2. It is a 50/2 Elcan lens. A complete unit with camera, lens, lenshood, case, cap, manual in nice condition would go for on the order of $ 10,000 retail. Give or take $ 500-1000. That's the ballpark.
     
  3. I haven't seen one for sale in a year, but I would estimate $5000 to $7000.

    Do you have one for sale?

    regards
    Vick
     
  4. I have seen several for sale recently and $ 5000-7000 is unrealistically low.
     
  5. I was just reading Jason Schneider's book of Camera Collector columns from Popular Photography, and there were only 40-50 units from the production overrun that were sold on the open market, rather than to the military. Anything that rare is going to be very pricey, to say the least. Probably rare enough to be attractive for forgery, at least the body. (Forging the lens is probably impractical.)
     
  6. Take a look at http://auction.igavel.com/AuctionHelp.taf?S=N&_start=1&_UserReference=7F00000147187EB068D7E9170EC743D29BF6
     
  7. John, there were 500 military KE7A units (camera plus lens plus outfit) sold to the US Army. Many of these saw little use, and they were stored in a warehouse. Sometime in the 1990s, the Army auctioned them off, and a number of complete units were purchased by camera dealers, who promptly sold them to collectors. The number of military units is 500, not 40-50.
     
  8. What I was saying was that 40-50 units were sold directly to dealers, without ever getting into the military. I made no attempt to estimate how many survived the military. From the latest comment, I guess they took a lot better care of them than all the Topcon Super D's they bought and beat to hell.

    Still, I'm sure they didn't all survive, so they are a darned rare camera.

    However, a lot of the price has to do with them being Leicas. Topcon lenses of which only 500 were produced don't fetch 5 figures (barely 4 in most cases).
     

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