"32 years in a box"
Leicaflex SL from Leitz Wetzlar, Germany
(80.995 of these cameras were build 1968-1974)
Serial no 1371464
Leitz Leicaflex SL in black, here with
50 mm Summicron-R f/2.0 from Canada
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.
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.
I have a SL mot already which I sent to Leica 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:
SL has an extremely nice shutter sound and is build like a
tank. This baby will go to work like my other cameras.
manual [ on-line at http://yandr.50megs.com/leica/sl/sl.htm
Thorsten Overgaard, August 2005