Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/03

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Subject: [Leica] Black SLs and colour coding
From: Alex Hurst <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 09:02:57 +0100

Patrick 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?)

Yep - the SL is very addictive. I started with one for fun six months ago,
but just had to get a second (chrome) body to save changing lenses at
awkward moments.
>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

Patrick - there are plenty of black SLs for sale in the current edition of
the LHSA catalogue which I've just received. Prices seem to vary wildly
according to condition.

Alternatively why don't you 'colour code' your chrome bodies with the
adhesive dots used on slide mounts? You just need three colours for b/w,
chrome and colour neg. Film speed, of course is already set on the

Much cheaper than paying a premium for a black body.



Alex Hurst
Cork Florists
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Republic of Ireland
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