My Leica IIIf with the f/3.5 Elmar would have cost $278 in the States when I bought it in Japan in 1953 for $150. In perspective, my pay as a junior Navy enlisted man was maybe $100. A functional used car was maybe $100 or $200. Gas was $.20. Even if the IIIf was in good used condition it would not have kept up with inflation. Better speculation at that time might have been the Japanese cameras that have become rare. My Leica M equipment, after hard use, hasn't nearly kept up with inflation. However, it has provided decades of reliable performance.