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    Leica Store coming to Washington DC

    Just as we escaped the loss of our premier independent camera retailer through a take-over by Calumet, we're now on the way to getting a Leica store, a scant three blocks from the downtown location of Penn Camera.

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    A Leica store? Weird. Is it going to be a small independent shop or something flashier, run by Leica?

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    From what I've seen on the web "The Leica Store" is like a boutique with big buck decor to match the camera prices.

    Guess I'll have to stay on the sidewalk with my screwmount

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    Apparently it's going to be a lot of flash run by Leica. Can't wait to visit and get the stinkeye for browsing. Perfect for K street lawyers and diplomats adept at skimming the resources of their countries. The six actual photographer-Leicaphiles in DC aren't going to keep the store in the black.

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    Oh, even better - I'll go in wearing my Contax G2 around my neck and see how long it takes them to have security escort me out .

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    If it's anything like the Leica Store in Paris, they'll do a good job of ignoring you when you walk in. Overpriced used gear. too.

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    I get the feeling people aren't looking forward to the opening too much. LOL

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    It's only ok becuase Penn survived, if we lost Penn and got 'The Leica Store' as the only replacement it would have been tragic. I agree with Barry's comment about the K St lawyers/diplomats being the target audience. The preview articles I've read look like it will be a very high end showcase, pricey, exclusive... all those adjectives. I also saw something about there being a studio of sorts in the back where they will let potential buyers (investors) demo a wide range of Leica gear. Despite the astronomic prices I do think that is cool.

    I might have to poke my head in there with my Canonet the opening weekend just to drool a bit...

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    I'll definitely go visit and I wish them well, but the store will be of little practical use to most of us. The camera bodies run $5000-$8000 and the most plebeian of lenses start at around $2000. I did find a well-reviewed Leica product in my price range though.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Bag_Black.html

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    The Leica "My point of view logo"????? I always thought it was the Leica Red Dot. Sheesh- are people over-thinking things a little? Or else just the marketing guys got their hands on a really stiff bowl of hash before they wrote that ad copy.

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