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Leicaflex SL SLR-camera



"32 years in a box"
A black Leicaflex SL from Leitz Wetzlar, Germany

(80.995 of these cameras were build 1968-1974
)
Serial no 1371464

Leitz Leicaflex SL black
My Leitz Leicaflex SL in black, here with 50 mm Summicron-R f/2.0 from Canada

This specific camera was build in 1973 as the 3.346th last Leicaflex SL to be build. A total of 80.995 Leicaflex SL were made in black and chrome, then the SL2 model was released

This one has been on a shelf in Bremen, Germany since it was build. A Bremen photo shop had it in stock till 2004 when the photo shop was bought by a photo chain. They wanted to clean up the stock and Photografica photo shop in Denmark was offered the camera along with some "new" lenses from back then. I managed to snatch the camera at Photografica for a very decent price.

The reason I couldn't resist this SL was that I already had a Leicaflex SL mot in black which I had sent to Leica in Solms, Germany in 2004 and got a new top plate, front plate and bottom plate. As well as new buttons on the top. Here you can see the two together:

Leitz Leicaflex SL and Leicaflex SL MOT black

The original Leitz Leicaflex, the following Leitz Leicaflex SL and the Leitz Leicaflex SL2 that was later replaced by the Leica R3 all have an extremely nice shutter sound and is build like a tank. These babies will go to work like my other cameras.

Leica SL2 manual [PDF]
Leica SL manual [ on-line at http://yandr.50megs.com/leica/sl/sl.htm ]


Thorsten Overgaard, August 2005

 



Black Leicaflex SL mot from Leitz Wetzlar, Germany
(827 of these cameras were build 1968-1974)
Serial no 1282435

Leitz Leicaflex SL MOT black
My Leitz Leicaflex SL mot in black, here with 80 mm Summilux-R f/1.4

This specific camera was build in 1972. I got this camera and some other Leica cameras/lenses from a private owner in exchange for my Nikon F3 gear and have no history of the camera besides that. I had used the camera very little as the lightmeter was off. But I then decided to get it not just repaired and cleaned/lubricated/adjusted - but also to get it cosmetic renovated.

This was done at Leica Solms in 2004 and the above photo is the camera that came back. The photo below shows the camera before it went to Solms.

The camera got a new top plate, front plate and bottom plate. As well as new buttons on the top.

The SL has an extremely nice shutter sound and is build like a tank. This reborn baby will go to work like my other cameras.

The motor for this camera is larger than the camera itself so I doubt I will ever attach one to it.

There were made 70.995 SL cameras and 827 SL MOT cameras from 1968-1974. The figures are not exact, but is the blocks of serial numbers allocated by Leica for these camera models. After the SL and SL MOT came SL2 and SL2 MOT – and after that R3.

After I got the camera back I started using it almost daily. Most SLR assignments I do with an SL and an R8 and this SL mot's 'maiden voyage' was a one month reportage trip to South East Asia after the tsunami. It got a great deal of heat, dust and a few bumps but did a terrific job without complining. You can see some of those shots at the "After The Tsunami" site www.afterthetsunami.org

Leica SL2 manual [PDF]
Leica SL manual [ on-line at http://yandr.50megs.com/leica/sl/sl.htm ]

My Leitz Leicaflex SL mot before it went to Leica in Solms for CLA and cosmetic upgrade (CLA=Cleaning, Lubricating, Adjustment):


Thorsten Overgaard, March 2004


 

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