Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] number of black SL's made
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998 18:02:34


 As far as I know, not only the black chrome SL but also small number of
the black enamel SL was made with ground screen.  I have no information on
how many of these were made though.  All I know is they are much rarer than
silver ones.


At 12:13 PM 6/02/98 -0700, you wrote:
>I've been thinking of getting another SL body, not because I need one,
>but because I'm a simple tool of our consumption-oriented capitalist
>society.  (Please.  You didn't think I was going to attempt to
>rationalize this, did you?)
>In keeping with my usual practice (I use body color as a quick reminder
>of what film is in which camera when I'm out making photographs), since
>I already have a silver chrome SL, I thought of getting a black SL. 
>They show up often enough in photographs in back issues of Leica
>However, to my distress, I find that there aren't so many up for sale as
>I might like, and those that are for sale seem to cost about 30% more
>than silver chrome bodies.  I wondered why this might be.  Neither
>Rogliatti nor Sartorius give numbers of black SL's versus silver chrome
>SL's.  Any idea where I might find this information?  If you were buying
>Leicas in the late sixties and early seventies do you remember if black
>chrome Leicaflex SL's were more rare than silver chrome ones?  (I was
>not in the market in those days, because my disposable income was
>usually exhausted after the ice cream truck made its rounds of our
>P.S. About six months ago I was offered a beat-up SL MOT at a fire-sale
>price.  Fool that I am, I didn't buy it.  Now I have something to feel
>glum about when I go to bed each night.