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.
Welcome to Tamarkin Camera – “America’s Premier Leica Specialist” – since 1971.
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, surrounded by the Leica Museum and the Rangefinder Gallery.
Appointments are limited to 50 minutes.
Tell us what you wish to see or experience or examine so that we can prepare for your visit. Also, if you are trading or selling, we'll need to know that, too.
Tamarkin Camera is an authorized Leica Camera and Sport Optics dealer with a showroom in downtown Chicago, which includes The Rangefinder Gallery, showcasing 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.
Tamarkin Camera (and our sister company, Tamarkin Auctions) does not actively use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in any fashion. The AI that we and our vendors employ is the same level and type of AI that was used on and before November 29, 2022.
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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 contact between us and our customers is paramount, especially when a item is used or collectible.
Thank you for shopping at Tamarkin Camera – we look forward to serving you!
66 Elcan f2
66mm Elcan f2 lens Nr. 283-0022 “VH6760-168-3240” Fewer than 200 of these ultra high-resolution lenses were made by Ernst Leitz Canada for the U.S. Navy.
Designed by Walter Mandler, many of these lenses were lost or destroyed during military use, making the 66mm Elcan one of the most rare lenses Leica ever produced. This example is working with clean and clear optics.
Leica III and 35 Elmar set
Leica III Silver Chrome Nr. 152262 with 35 Elmar f3,5 Nr. 332682, with an interesting blued front finish
SUB 13 Underwater Housing
Announcing the SUB 13 Underwater Housing for the Leica M10 & M11 cameras! This beautifully machined underwater housing is a work of art in and of itself.
Independently Certified for depths up to 313 feet by DOER Marine.
Use many of the finest Leica M lenses.
Delivered in a custom Pelican case, ready to go.
50 APO-Summicron-M ASPH Black Chrome Special Edition
50 APO-Summicron-M ASPH Black Chrome Special Edition - limited to 700 pieces worldwide - complete in box, very near to Mint
The Leica M11-P
With its classic Leica script on the top plate and absence of the Red Dot, this new Leica M camera boasts a sapphire LCD crystal, dark chromed viewfinder (less reflective), 256 Gigabyte internal memory, and an extended dynamic range.
Most notably, this is the first Leica camera that offers compliance with the new Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI). CAI-compliant technology create transparency, building trust. The technology makes it possible for the first time to check the origin and history of a photograph – and thus prove authenticity: “The Content Authenticity Initiative is a collaborative endeavor focused on creating a standard framework for validating the legitimacy and origin of digital content, especially within media and creative content domains.”
Your image, its provenance information and digital signature are sealed cryptographically into a tamper-proof manifest with the image.
All of this means that we can now prove our images are NOT AI-generated.
Available in both Silver Chrome or Matte Black finish.
New 28 Summicron-M f2 ASPH II
The new 28mm Summicron-M f2 ASPH lens, in black anodised finish, is the latest update to the M lens line. With its built-in retractable lens shade and close focusing abilities, this new Summicron lens matches the new 35mm and 50mm Summilux lenses in its design and handling.
The Leica M11 Monochrom
In 2012, Leica decided to be the only manufacturer in the world to launch a full frame camera with a dedicated black-and-white sensor: the Leica M Monochrom. Today, in the eleventh year of the Monochrom success story and with a wealth of experience from almost 70 years of designing and manufacturing Leica rangefinder cameras, Leica Camera AG introduces the fourth generation with a black-and-white sensor: The new Leica M11 Monochrom.
First Monochrom BSI CMOS Sensor in a Leica camera
Highest dynamic range in a Leica Monochrom camera to date with up to 15 stops
Triple Resolution Technology: Native at 60 MP with 36MP & 18MP options available for flexibility
Largest ISO range ever in a Leica M Monochrom camera: Native at 125 with a new max of 200,000 ISO
Massive internal memory of 256 GB: perfect for backing up larger memory cards in the field
Heightened durability: scratch resistant black finish and sapphire cover glass on the back display
Fast connection to images and charging via the USB-C port
Iconic & unobtrusive design: No Leica red dot and monochromatic design on dials and buttons
Handmade in Germany
The new Leica Q3
Leica introduces the most powerful fixed focal length full frame camera - the Leica Q3. High-quality craftsmanship, a timeless and sleek design, and simple operation make this the new Leica Q3. Plain and simple - the camera you've been waiting for:
- First ever 60MP BSI CMOS Sensor with Triple Resolution Technology
- 14 stops of dynamic range and
- Digital zoom options up to 90mm
- New Maestro IV Processor with 8GB of buffer memory
- New state of the art Hybrid Autofocus system
- New tiltable back screen with 76% increase in resolution
- New EVF with 56% increase in resolution
- HDMI for video recording & USB-C ports for charging and data transfer
- 8K resolution output and ProRes video support
- New battery with 18% more power
- Wireless charging capabilities
- 10x faster wireless transfer speeds
- IP52 Weather Sealing Certification