Tamarkin Camera is an authorized Leica Camera and Sport Optics dealer with a showroom and gallery in the River North Gallery district in downtown Chicago.

About Us

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

Company founder Stan Tamarkin started collecting, buying, and selling Leica cameras in 1971. Since 1984 Leica has been our full-time focus. In 1996, Stan Tamarkin started a successful rare camera auction business, Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions, and since then has held auctions in New York, Denver, Tucson, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and New Haven.

From 1995 to 2008 we also had a showroom in New York City, however we closed that location to be closer to our families. Since the beginning we have been in the New Haven, Connecticut area. Until recently, when we moved to Chicago after Stan retired and his eldest son, Dan, took over the family business.


We pride ourselves on offering Quality, Service and Expertise.

QUALITY: We only sell the best - Leica. Period.

SERVICE: We recognize that service is paramount in our competitive world economy. We like to think that no one does it better. And, we assure you, that when we make a mistake, no one is more upset than we are. We have enjoyed a reputation of integrity that is unmatched anywhere – and we endeavor to continue to deserve that reputation.

EXPERTISE: We have used the Leica screw-mount cameras, M cameras, the Leica R system, and Leica digital cameras. We attempt to try everything, and have used virtually every piece of Leica gear brought to market since 1925. If there is a piece of gear that we don’t understand or question, we are determined to make ourselves knowledgeable.

Call us to learn more - we are happy to talk Leica - (800) BUY-LEICA

300 West Superior Street, Suite 202
Chicago, Illinois 60654

(800) BUY-LEICA
(800) 289-5342
(312) 642-2255 telephone
(312) 642-2292 fax

Monday-Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

Meet Dan Tamarkin. Stan’s eldest son, Dan has been a Leica enthusiast since before he can remember - fascinated by cameras ever since he was about 3 years old, Dad handed him a camera to play around with and he was bit by the bug...

Nowadays, Dan shoots mainly with the Leica M Monochrom camera and an M7 .58 camera, usually with a 50 Summilux from the 1960s or the 21 Super-Angulon f3,4. - and with any lens he can get his hands on. When he’s not answering the phones at Tamarkin Camera, he is probably out shooting or planning the next big adventure…