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Knowledgeable and trusted Leica retailers since 1982 and a Leica Boutique since 2013, we are your source for all Leica cameras, lenses, binoculars, and accessories. We are located at Bergen County Camera, 270 Westwood Ave, Westwood, New Jersey. We are open Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm, Thursday evenings until 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 6pm.

Featuring three Bergen County Camera staff members who are graduates of the prestigious Leica Akademie in Solms, Germany.

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Leica M10 Monochrom

Discover more in black and white

To learn more or to reserve a new Monochrom email or call us at 201-664-4113.

Leica Camera just announced the long-awaited third generation of its innovative black and white digital rangefinder cameras, the Leica M10 Monochrom. Based on the Leica M10-P platform, the M10 Monochrom brings a new level of resolution and performance to the M-System as well as black and white photography as a whole.

The Leica M10 Monochrom touts a brand new 40 megapixel full frame monochrome sensor that achieves new heights in sharpness, detail and resolution while also opening up newfound versatility with a lower base ISO of 160 and a higher maximum ISO of 100,000. With these new levels of performance, the M10 Monochrom is even more capable than its predecessors in any lighting scenarios while maintaining the film-like grain and beautiful contrast and sharpness it is known for, thanks to the removal of the color filter array from the sensor. The M10 Monochrom is the ideal camera for the most passionate and dedicated black and white photographers.

Features at a glance:
– New 40mp full frame black and white sensor
– ISO range of 160 – 100,000
– Silent mechanical shutter, touchscreen, thinner body design and ISO dial of M10-P platform
– Leica FOTOS connectivity; first Monochrom to feature Wi-Fi
– Monochromatic design aesthetic; white and gray engravings on the body, blacked-out shutter button and lens release button

The newly developed 40 megapixel sensor has been built from the ground up with the M10 Monochrom in mind, achieving new more versatile ISO
performance. The removal of the color filter array ensures each pixel receives more light and no interpolation is needed, ensuring the highest quality black and white captures.

Updated Used Leica Equipment for Sale – January 15th 2020

Here’s a list of our current used Leica equipment for sale. Our current used inventory is always available on Bergen County Camera’s used equipment page. If you would like to receive our full list weekly you can sign up here. If you are looking for something, just let us know, and we’ll let you know when we find it for you. We can be reached at 201-664-4113.

As a full Leica Boutique we have great resources to help with anything Leica. Give us a call at 201-664-4113, or stop by our boutique in Westwood.

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Updated January 15th 2020

 412999   Leica 10-15×50 Duovid case E+ 1,199.99 
 402170   Leica D-Lux 4 Safari LE LNIB 499.99 
 428526   Leica Dlux-6 batt.chgr Ex 299.99 
 399368   Leica EVF1 f/D-Lux 5/6 Exc+ 149.99 
 417767   Leica EVF-2 X1/X2 M240/m246 E+ 299.99 
 417655   Leica M 16-18-21 WATE +Fndr E+ 3,495.00 
 412140   Leica M 35/2 Bugeye Hazy AsIs 1,749.99 
 362111   Leica M 50/1.4 Blk Hd Exc 1,199.99 
 417662   Leica M 50/2 v4 w/Tab As Is 599.99 
 409865   Leica M 50/2.0 v3 w/Hd Bgn 649.99 
 427181   Leica M 50/2.5 S’rit Blk Exc+ 849.99 
 392260   Leica M 50/2.5 S’rit Blk Mint 999.99 
 381876   Leica M 90/2 Chr v2 ’58 CLA Ex 679.99 
 428401   Leica M 90/2.5 S’rit Cp/Bx Mint 899.99 
 424896   Leica M 90/4 Elmar SM CLA Ex- 139.99 
 265798   Leica M E60 UV/IR Blk Exc+ 179.99 
 364640   Leica M Grip M8 #14487 E+ 69.99 
 426838   Leica M Monochrom 246 Blk Ex+ 4,999.99 
 421149   Leica M Monochrom 246 Blk Exc 4,779.99 
 424059   Leica M Multi Grip 14495 Exc+ 379.99 
 265797   Leica M SerVII UV/IR Blk Exc+ 159.99 
 412026   Leica M/Nov R>M Adapter Mint 129.99 
 424093   Leica M/Zei 18/4.0 T* ZM Hd E+ 799.99 
 385983   Leica M/Zei 50/1.5 ZM Hd Exc+ 799.99 
 388688   Leica M/Zei 50/2.0 Exc+ 599.99 
 428504   Leica M10 BLK demo bx 1yr warr 5,999.95 
 417654   Leica M240 24mp bat,chg Ex+ 2,599.99 
 423263   Leica M240 Chr Bt/Ch Ex 2,499.99 
 380721   Leica M262 Blk Bat/Chg Ex 2,999.99 
 416680   Leica M5 Chr 1292x- ’72 CLA E+ 1,299.99 
 417697   Leica M6 (GMP) handgrip blk 75.00 
 417698  Leica M6 Handgrip  129.99 
 422523   Leica M8 Blk 12k Snsr OK Exc- 999.99 
 393416   Leica M9 1.5k Blk NwSnsr Exc 2,499.99 
 403959   Leica M9 21k Blk SnsrOK Ex- 1,749.99 
 410648   Leica MD-2 Blk CLAd Exc+ 599.99 
 417893   Leica Mini-II 35/3.5 Elmar Ex 249.99 
 412347   Leica Q blk bx,batt,chg Ex 2,799.99 
 420639   Leica QP kit,batt,chg E+ 3,495.00 
 410084   Leica R 180/3.4 APO 3cm CLA AI 449.99 
 417661  Leica R 180/3.4 Apo Ex  599.99 
 417660   Leica R 19/2.8 w/Hd Ex+ 1,995.00 
 417848   Leica R 2x Extender Ex+ 99.99 
 410081   Leica R 35/2 2cm CLA LtHz Bgn 449.99 
 408737   Leica R 35/2.8 1cam AsIs 169.99 
 408738   Leica R 35/2.8 3cam AsIs 199.99 
 307745   Leica R 35-70/4.0 ROM Cps Exc+ 999.99 
 417664   Leica R 50/1.4 Summilux Ex 799.99 
 410083   Leica R 60/2.8 Mac 2cm CLA Bg 329.99 
 348934   LEICA R 75-200/4.5 VARIO EX 249.99 
 417659   Leica R 80/1.4 Summilux Ex 1,895.00 
 410085   Leica R 90/2.0 3cm CLA Exc- 579.99 
 865845   Leica R Ext Tube 3-CAM W/BX E+ 79.99 
 264122   Leica R Extender 2x R-only Ex+ 299.99 
 932460   Leica R Extender-R 2X W/CPS E+ 199.99 
 418627   Leica R to telescope 12.5mm 99.99 
 424891   Leica T 23/2.0 bx,acc E+ 1,399.99 
 388965   Leica X1 16mp 24/2.8 Bt/Ch Mnt 579.99 
 407480   Leica X2 16mp 24/2.8 Chr Exc+ 779.99 
 307746   Leica/Bogner X2 Case Blk Exc+ 79.99 

Updated Used Leica Equipment for Sale – January 8th 2020

Here’s a list of our current used Leica equipment for sale. Our current used inventory is always available on Bergen County Camera’s used equipment page. If you would like to receive our full list weekly you can sign up here. If you are looking for something, just let us know, and we’ll let you know when we find it for you. We can be reached at 201-664-4113.

As a full Leica Boutique we have great resources to help with anything Leica. Give us a call at 201-664-4113, or stop by our boutique in Westwood.

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Updated January 8th 2020

 412999   Leica 10-15×50 Duovid case E+  1,199.99 
 402170   Leica D-Lux 4 Safari LE LNIB  499.99 
 399368   Leica EVF1 f/D-Lux 5/6 Exc+  149.99 
 417767   Leica EVF-2 X1/X2 M240/m246 E+  299.99 
 422394   Leica M 16-18-21 WATE +Fndr E+  3,495.00 
 417655   Leica M 16-18-21 WATE +Fndr E+  3,495.00 
 412140   Leica M 35/2 Bugeye Hazy AsIs  1,749.99 
 362111   Leica M 50/1.4 Blk Hd Exc  1,199.99 
 417662   Leica M 50/2 v4 w/Tab As Is  599.99 
 349250   Leica M 50/2.0 6bit Bx Ex+  1,799.99 
 409865   Leica M 50/2.0 v3 w/Hd Bgn  649.99 
 423268   Leica M 50/2.4 Hd/Cps Ex+  899.99 
 427181   Leica M 50/2.5 S’rit Blk Exc+  849.99 
 392260   Leica M 50/2.5 S’rit Blk Mint  999.99 
 381876   Leica M 90/2 Chr v2 ’58 CLA Ex  679.99 
 428401   Leica M 90/2.5 S’rit Cp/Bx Mint  899.99 
 424896   Leica M 90/4 Elmar SM CLA Ex-  139.99 
 265798   Leica M E60 UV/IR Blk Exc+  179.99 
 364640   Leica M Grip M8 #14487 E+  69.99 
 426838   Leica M Monochrom 246 Blk Ex+  4,999.99 
 421149   Leica M Monochrom 246 Blk Exc  4,779.99 
 424059   Leica M Multi Grip 14495 Exc+  379.99 
 265797   Leica M SerVII UV/IR Blk Exc+  159.99 
 412026   Leica M/Nov R>M Adapter Mint  129.99 
 411271   Leica M/Voi 50/1.5 VM Blk Ex+  579.99 
 424093   Leica M/Zei 18/4.0 T* ZM Hd E+  799.99 
 385983   Leica M/Zei 50/1.5 ZM Hd Exc+  799.99 
 388688   Leica M/Zei 50/2.0 Exc+  599.99 
 417654   Leica M240 24mp bat,chg Ex+  2,599.99 
 423263   Leica M240 Chr Bt/Ch Ex  2,499.99 
 380721   Leica M262 Blk Bat/Chg Ex  2,999.99 
 416680   Leica M5 Chr 1292x- ’72 CLA E+  1,299.99 
 417697   Leica M6 (GMP) handgrip blk  75.00 
 417698   Leica M6 Handgrip  129.99 
 422523   Leica M8 Blk 12k Snsr OK Exc-  999.99 
 393416   Leica M9 1.5k Blk NwSnsr Exc  2,499.99 
 403959   Leica M9 21k Blk SnsrOK Ex-  1,749.99 
 410648   Leica MD-2 Blk CLAd Exc+  599.99 
 417893   Leica Mini-II 35/3.5 Elmar Ex  249.99 
 428482   Leica Q Black bx,bat,chg E+  2,895.00 
 412347   Leica Q blk bx,batt,chg Ex  2,799.99 
 420639   Leica QP kit,batt,chg E+  3,495.00 
 410084   Leica R 180/3.4 APO 3cm CLA AI  449.99 
 417661   Leica R 180/3.4 Apo Ex  599.99 
 417660   Leica R 19/2.8 w/Hd Ex+  1,995.00 
 417848   Leica R 2x Extender Ex+  99.99 
 410081   Leica R 35/2 2cm CLA LtHz Bgn  449.99 
 408737   Leica R 35/2.8 1cam AsIs  169.99 
 408738   Leica R 35/2.8 3cam AsIs  199.99 
 307745   Leica R 35-70/4.0 ROM Cps Exc+  999.99 
 417664   Leica R 50/1.4 Summilux Ex  799.99 
 410083   Leica R 60/2.8 Mac 2cm CLA Bg  329.99 
 348934   LEICA R 75-200/4.5 VARIO EX  249.99 
 417659   Leica R 80/1.4 Summilux Ex  1,895.00 
 410085   Leica R 90/2.0 3cm CLA Exc-  579.99 
 865845   Leica R Ext Tube 3-CAM W/BX E+  79.99 
 264122   Leica R Extender 2x R-only Ex+  299.99 
 932460   Leica R Extender-R 2X W/CPS E+  199.99 
 418627   Leica R to telescope 12.5mm  99.99 
 315719   LEICA S TYPE 006 BODY LN-  6,999.99 
 424891   Leica T 23/2.0 bx,acc E+  1,399.99 
 114833   Leica Viso II Housing Only Ex+  99.99 
 388965   Leica X1 16mp 24/2.8 Bt/Ch Mnt  579.99 
 407480   Leica X2 16mp 24/2.8 Chr Exc+  779.99 
 307746   Leica/Bogner X2 Case Blk Exc+  79.99 

TBT 12/10/19 – Leica M3 “Lucky 7” & Snap Balls

Front view of Leica M3

This week’s feature is a very early Leica M3, serial #777xxx, 6th German production batch, 2nd year of production: 1955. The “xxx” designation is a throwback to the days of magazine ads and mimeographed collectors’ newsletters. Leaving off the last 3 digits supposedly prevented the felonious from claiming your Leica was theirs—“that’s MY serial number!” In the world of internet and digital product photography, doesn’t hold much water. But old habits die hard.

When this lovely M3 came back from service, young Jeremy’s eyes widened and he started playing with it. “The film door is sticking, is it bent?” Didn’t make sense it would come back from our uber-talented Mystery Tech with a bent door, so I put on my obsessive-compulsive otaku goggles and examined the patient. Turns out there were two tiny little spring-loaded ball bearings, one each at the bottom outer edge of the door, that fit into two tiny recesses in the body. The door snapped shut, so gravity wouldn’t flip it open if you held the body lens mount up with the bottom plate removed. 
I’d never seen them before, and I’ve seen lotsa M3s, but also didn’t understand why they were necessary. Kinda cool/elegant, but the door flapping open when you’re loading film didn’t seem like a problem. And definitely not present on later bodies. Hmmmm…..
Leica Rep Rob visited soon after, and pulled out Volume 1 of Herr Doktor Professor James Lager’s 3-volume tome, and started flipping pages. “Oh, look, here they are—-‘Snap Balls.'” Early production runs only, soon dropped. Soon after Herr Doktor Professor Lager himself visited, to make 4×6 prints of birds, and he said: “Ah, yes, the Snap Balls.” Confirmed they were definitely a thing.

Back view of Leica M3

After we exchanged some totally immature, ribald banter about other uses for the phrase “Snap Balls,” as Rude Boys will do, Jim mentioned that those early M3s were marvels of construction. Techs would be elbow-deep in parts during an overhaul, and find some nook/cranny, deep in the bowels, perfectly polished. For no good engineering reason. Leica was proud of their work, and it showed. Like the Snap Balls, an elegant but time-intensive thing that was, as far as the photographic tool was concerned, unnecessary. 
Many of these niceties fell away as the ’50s progressed into the ’60s. More than 220,000 M3 bodies were produced from 1954-1966. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS. Then less than 100k M2s (’58-’67), less than 60k M4s (’67-’75), and less than 30k M5s (’71-’75), which is when Leica Germany decided to kill the M series. As baroque German design lost ground to ruthless Japanese efficiency, those elegant touches necessarily fell away.

Techs also said that M3 overhauls involved lots of hand-filing and custom fitting of replacement parts. The brass drive gears gave the M3 smoothness, but couldn’t handle a motor winder, and wore faster than steel. The steel gears in later bodies were “better,” but those bodies were never as silky smooth as an M3. But they didn’t need service as often, and were quicker to overhaul.

You gain some, you lose some. I love how an M3 feels, and what it represents. I’m grateful I can slap a motor winder on an M6 or M7. I’m amazed one of the best digital cameras I’ve handled is an M10P. A lineage just a little bit older than me.

Our featured M3, with the Snap Balls, was paired with a collapsible 50mm Summicron, and has already found a new home. It was smooth, snappy and lovely, and sold for a ridiculously reasonably $1299.99. I’m sorry to say I neglected to photograph the Snap Balls, but you can get Volume 1 of Lager’s Leica: An Illustrated History  for only $225 and see them there.