Tamarkin Camera offers the very best serviceService is paramount today, as always, and we provide the finest service available – from expert appraisals to helping you choose the perfect gear for you and your style of photography., expertiseWe offer the most extensive knowledge base and have used virtually every piece of Leica gear brought to market since 1925. Ask us – we’ll answer every Leica question you have. and photographic gearTamarkin Camera sells only the best. Period. We offer the finest hand-made state-of-the-art and vintage photographic gear available – Leica camera, Oberwerth camera bags and Tamarkin Camera Leather Straps. on the planet.

(800) BUY-LEICA(800) 289-5342

213 W. Institute Place, Suite 403
Chicago, Illinois 60610

(800) BUY-LEICA    
(800) 289-5342
(312) 642-2255

Welcome to Tamarkin Camera – “America’s Premier Leica Specialist” – since 1971.

We are one of the largest Leica dealerships in the world for more than 50 years, and we are based in downtown Chicago since 2012. We are open to the public Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., by appointment only.

Working By Appointment Only means that you get our full and undivided attention, and therefore the best service on the planet, in a luxurious environment surrounded by the opulence of the Leica Museum and the Rangefinder Gallery.

To best serve all our clientele, appointments are limited to 50 minutes.

In advance of your appointment, we’ll need to know what you wish to see or experience or examine so that we can prepare for your visit. Also, if you are trading or selling that is likewise important information for us so that we can serve you efficiently.


On the Second Friday of each month we open our doors to the public – no appointment needed – from 2-5 p.m.

Our Second Fridays encourage learning about Leica, plunking down in a comfy chair in our library with a monograph, viewing the photographs on display in the Rangefinder Gallery, and schmoozing with other Leicaphiles. (Please bear in mind that when you visit on a Friday afternoon there may be limited opportunity to view or test or examine our new and used gear.)

Thank you for shopping at Tamarkin Camera – we look forward to serving you!

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Tamarkin Camera is an authorized Leica Camera and Sport Optics dealer with a showroom in the River North Gallery district in downtown Chicago. We are also mail-order Leica dealers. Within our showroom is The Rangefinder Gallery, which showcases images made with the legendary Leica M camera.

Leaders in Leica expertise and service, Tamarkin Camera sells more Leica per square foot than any Leica dealer in the world.

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Buying & Selling

If you would like to buy an item or simply have a question about an item on our website, please call us.

Tamarkin Camera prefers direct contact with our customers, which is why you will not find a shopping cart on our website. We find that direct - sometimes electronic - contact between us and our customers is paramount, especially when a item is used or collectible.


Buying & Selling

The Leica M11

The experience of traditional rangefinder photography redefined.
Featuring Leica’s triple resolution sensor, expanded ISO range, dual memory options, extended battery life and a streamlined and intuitive menu system, the Leica M11 represents the new benchmark in digital photography:

Groundbreaking full frame BSI CMOS color sensor with triple resolution technology for incredible file output versatility and unmatched image quality with M-lensesHighest dynamic range M camera to date with a native ISO of 64 and up to 15 stops of dynamic rangeMaestro III processor for high speed image processing & data storage64 GB of internal memory enabling parallel image storage and on-camera backupUSB-C port for on the go charging and data transfer64% more battery capacity and more power efficient system for extended shooting sessionsElectronic shutter up to 1/16,000 sec and long exposures up to 1 hour, allowing for even more creative possibilities in extreme lighting conditionsThe black-finish variant of the Leica M11 features a top plate made of high-quality aluminum with a scratch-resistant coating, making it 20% lighter than its silver chrome counterpartMulti field metering is now possible when shooting in rangefinder mode, enabling users to shoot in dynamic lighting conditions while also conserving batteryLive View digital stabilization allowing for smooth and accurate manual focusing while using Live ViewTwo Digital Zoom options (1.3x and 1.8x) for fast cropping of DNG and JPG filesUHS-II SD card compatibility and 3GB buffer enabling quick image storageThree customizable function buttons allowing quick access to almost any menu setting in the cameraNew 2.3 megapixel touch screen display with up to 800 nits of brightness, for comfortable image viewing during daytime shootsThe Leica M11 is a “Made for iPhone and iPad” certified product allowing for reliable data transfer to Leica FOTOS via the included USB-C to Lightning cableOutstanding build quality, designed and made in Germany $8,995

The Leica Q2 Monochrom

This latest Leica sports a brand new 47 megapixel full frame monochrome sensor based on its sibling model, the Leica Q2. Amazing sharpness, detail and resolution combines with a higher dynamic range to give you the best black & white image quality in an easy-to-use, fast auto-focusing camera. The expanded ISO range of 100-100,000 with the 28mm Summilux f1,7 ASPH lens enables photographers to capture stills and 4K video in any light:

– Compatible with all Q2 accessories, including battery
– New 47mp full frame black and white sensor for stills and 4K video
– ISO range of 100 - 100,000
– Matte black paint finish and monochromatic engravings
– Weather sealing,
– Fast and accurate AF,
– 3.68mp OLED EVF,
– German craftsmanship
– and the intuitive handling of the Q Camera line


The Leica M10 Monochrom

Announcing the long-awaited third generation of the Leica Monochrom. Based on the Leica M10-P camera, the new Leica M10 Monochrom brings a new level of resolution and performance to the world of photography.

With a newly developed 40-megapixel full-frame monochrome sensor that achieves new heights in sharpness, The Leica M10 Monochrom offers unparalleled detail and resolution. And with its lower native (base) ISO of 160 and a higher maximum ISO of 100,000, the new M10 Monochrom is better than ever before – even more capable than its predecessors in difficult lighting scenarios while maintaining its film-like grain and beautiful contrast and sharpness:

Newly developed 40-megapixel full-frame black and white sensorISO range of 160 - 100,000Silent mechanical shutterTouch-screenThin body design and ISO dial of M10-P cameraLeica FOTOS connectivity; first Monochrom to feature Wi-FiMonochromatic design aesthetic; white and gray engravings on the body, blacked-out shutter button and lens release button $8,995



The Legendary Leica M

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What's New

The new Leica M11Leica Q2 Reporter Special Edition24-70 Vario-Elmarit-SL f2,8 ASPHThe Leica M10-R ... "R" is for Resolution!Leica M10 Monochrom "Wetzlar"90 Summilux-M f1,5 ASPH What's New