Leicaflex SL 35mm SLR Camera


Leica

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With the Leicaflex' successor, the Leicaflex SL, TTL metering was introduced. Mirror lock-up was no longer available, instead, the SL had a DOF preview button. This feature was built into all Leica SLR bodies since then.
Motorized cameras have a long tradition with Leica that was continued in the field of reflex cameras with a special model, the Leicaflex SL MOT. The huge motor - it was higher than the camera body - allowed to take three pictures per second.
Leicaflex SL lenses had two cams; older one-cam lenses could either be modified by the factory or you could use them in stopped-down metering mode.

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4 Reviews  

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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John R. Keistler 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 11/22/2005 4:16:54 PM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 11/22/2005 4:16:54 PM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 11/22/2005 4:16:54 PM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 11/22/2005 4:16:54 PM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 11/22/2005 4:16:54 PM
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Unlike the Indian guy says, the meter on the Leicaflex SL is cadmium sulfide, not selenium. Maybe his battery is running low! That is the main problem with an SL now, it's set up for mercury. However, if you take one of the many solutions around that, you'll be buying into workmanship that was the envy of the industry even then, more apparent now with today's plastic cameras. The SL was the cleanest in style, finally had the TTL meter, and balanced perfectly in the hand. It was unusual for its day with a 1/2000 top speed, a shutter only matched in reliability by the Nikon F/F2's. Viewfinder is very bright with shutter speed visible along with match-needle metering. It was set up for the 2-cam system, though most of the later 3-cams will fit also. Biggest limitations for many was the lack of prism detachment and motor drive for only special bodies. I had two in the 70's and wish I had them back!
11/22/2005 4:16:54 PM
 
doug Nelson
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4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 7:39:41 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 7:39:41 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 7:39:41 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 7:39:41 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 7:39:41 AM
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
A thirty-five year old SLR with a brighter viewfinder than a 70's Canon F-1 that takes some of the best lenses ever made- that's the SL. SL's cost about the same as a 70's Canon F-1. I'd rather have an SL rebuilt than to switch to any of the plastic motorized SLR's. The older two-cam lenses are bargains, even at $250 each. Funny thing, it is considerably more reliable than any of the new electronic Leica R's.
4/22/2004 7:39:41 AM
 
doug Nelson
DougNelsonPhoto.com
5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 5:14:35 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 5:14:35 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 5:14:35 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 5:14:35 AM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 4/22/2004 5:14:35 AM
Rating: 5 out of 5
This 35 year old classic is reknowned for its durability and overall quality. These days it sells for no more than a Canon F-1. The older Leica R lenses are a fantastic buy when you consider that the optical quality is among the very best.
4/22/2004 5:14:35 AM
 
Vajirune C. Chandrangam 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/16/2004 9:28:29 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/16/2004 9:28:29 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/16/2004 9:28:29 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/16/2004 9:28:29 AM 4.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 1/16/2004 9:28:29 AM
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Very bright micro prism viewfinder. Very well bulit and rebust all-mechanical camera that still works very well, in all weather conditions. My model is about 30 years old. Plenty of excellent-optical-quality Leica-R lenses to choose from. The lenses still give exceptionally sharp and nice color photo, with very nice bokeh. The selinium is becoming less sensitive due to age, but I also use a handheld light meter to solve this problem.
1/16/2004 9:28:29 AM
 

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