Leicaflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leicaflex

1964

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

West Germany

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Lens:
f2, 50 mm Summicron, fully automatic iris diaphragm (FAD) to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Bayonet mount. Iris is spring loaded to the closed position, when mounted on the camera the iris control knob pushes against a post which opens the iris. The post is attached to the mirror control and moves away during exposure allowing the iris to close and open when it returns. Serial no. 1999357 (1963).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/2000, B. Delayed action. X, M flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 20".

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Fixed roof pentaprism finder, microprism rangefinder focusing screen. Focusing at full aperture. Instant return mirror. Shutter speed visible in finder.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance lever sets the shutter. Film advance and shutter inter-linked for double and blank exposure prevention.
Coupled, CdS metering, match needle type. Film speed range: 12 - 3200 ASA, 12 - 39 DIN. Exposure counter. Depth-of-field preview button.

Identification:
Early model with pie shaped exposure counter.

Serial Number:
1082002 (1964) .

Notes:
Retailer's label: Charles Frank. Glasgow.

With:
UV filter, series VI size with retaining ring. Lens hood. Leather Ever-ready case.

Code Names:
12564 - Lens hood. 14160U - Filter retaining ring.

Leicaflex SL

1968

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

West Germany

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Lens:
f2, 50 mm Summicron, fully automatic iris diaphragm (FAD) to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Bayonet mount. Serial no. 2487698 (1971).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/2000, B. Delayed action. X, M flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 20".

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Fixed roof pentaprism finder, microprism rangefinder focusing screen. Focusing at full aperture. Instant return mirror. Shutter speed visible in finder.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance lever sets the shutter. Film advance and shutter inter-linked for double and blank exposure prevention.
Coupled, through-the-lens CdS spot metering, film speed range: 12 - 3200 ASA, 12 - 39 DIN. Match needle operation.
Exposure counter. Mirror lock. Depth-of-field preview.

Serial Number:
1281783 (1971) .

With:

  • Series VI size filters with retaining ring: UV, Yellow No. 1. Lens hood.
  • Leather Ever-ready case and Benser soft case with strap. Leitz Holdall combination case (14819). "Leicaflex SL", brochure 111-75a.

Leitz remained loyal to the rangefinder design and did not introduce the Leicaflex until several years after the Nikon F and other single-lens reflex models. A wide range of accessories was available but it was not a true system camera, it lacked an interchangeable finder, back and a standardised motor drive. The SL was an improvement over the original Leicaflex in having through-the-lens metering.

References & Notes:
Leitz General Cat, 1974, p. 5.

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