Leica SL mot film camera
By: Thorsten Overgaard. March 2004. Updated October 24, 2016
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Leicaflex SL mot from Leitz Wetzlar, Germany
(827 of these cameras were build 1968-1974)
My Leitz Leicaflex SL mot in black (Serial no 1282435), here with
80 mm Summilux-R f/1.4
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
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.
camera got a new top plate, front plate and bottom plate.
As well as new buttons on the top.
SL has an extremely nice shutter sound and is build like a
tank. This reborn baby will go to work like my other cameras.
Leica SL mot with Leica 80mm Summilux-R f/1.4 and Tie Her Up leather Rock'n'Roll strap. © 2016 Thorsten Overgaard.
The SL mot is called so because one can attach a motor. The
motor for this camera is larger than the camera itself so
I doubt I will ever attach one to it.
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
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,
Leica SL 2015
In October 2015 Leica Camera AG revealed the Leica SL type 601 that has been designed under the codename. While it is a full-frame mirrorless camera, it is more a dSLR without the mirror. It is somewhat the Leica R10 that never came, but here it is and it takes all Leica lenses ever made (Leica T, Leica M, Leica R, Leica S, etc).
Leica SL type 601 "Max"