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

Buying your first Leica camera - or adding to your kit or collection - is a very exciting time. We share in that excitement and we want your Leica experience to be a shining moment in your photographic journey.

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

Company founder Stan Tamarkin started collecting, buying, and selling Leica cameras in 1971. Since 1984 Leica has been our full-time focus. From 1995 to 2008 we also had a showroom in New York City, however we closed that location to be closer to our families. In 2012, we moved to Chicago after Stan retired and his eldest son, Dan, took over the family business.


300 West Superior Street, Suite 202
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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


Our showroom and gallery remain By Appointment Only for the health and safety of all during the coronavirus pandemic. We are happy to create an appointment for you to visit, "curbside" service or a virtual meeting.

We are closed on most Federal Holidays.

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...

Dan Tamarkin

Nowadays, Dan shoots mainly with the Leica M Monochrom (CCD version) camera and an M6 TTL .58-magnification camera, usually with a 50mm or 35mm lens - or 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…