Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/12

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Which to choose, SL or SL2?
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 14:48:22 -0400

I can only tell you about the SL.
I love them! The viewfinder is great if you wear glasses- the meter seems to
give me well exposed negatives all the time, the camera's built like a
Panzer tank, and the 2 cam lenses, if you don't plan or another R camera,
are relatively inexpensive, now.
I know of no trouble getting them fixed- at least here, there is not. Sherry
Krauter is doing one for me now, and while she is not 'cheap' ( inexpensive,
should be the better word), her work is exemplary!
I even had the prism on an older SL-Mot replaced a year or so ago, and parts
didn't seem to be a problem at all!
I would think that the SL2, being newer, is going to be even easier to fix,
if necessary, and if the meter is improved- well, there is certainly nothing
wrong with that. I would say that if there is a big differenct in price, I
would go for the SL... The SL2s that I've seen advertised seem to be
considerably higher, possibly due to their collectibility- if that is the
case, and you are looking for a 'user', don't be afraid of getting the SL-
it is a fine camera!
- ----- Original Message -----
From: Mikiro Mori <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 1999 5:33 AM
Subject: [Leica] Which to choose, SL or SL2?

> Hi, all.  I have been an R user but know very little about Leicaflex.  Now
> am in the mood of trying an SL or an SL2.  I have a couple of questions.
> 1) Are there any differences between SL and SL2 in real shooting?  I read
> "Leica Answers" that SL2 has a more sensitive meter, a viewscreen with a
> split-image, a readout for aperture in the viewfinder, and a mirror
> re-pivoting to allow protruding lenses.  Does SL2 feel much better than
> I would assume that SL2mot is a collector's item....
> 2) I heard that once SL/SL2 needs repair, one often has to pay as much as
> one paid for the camera.  Are the parts still available?  Does repair
> generally cost very much?
> 3) Something special to check or bear in mind when buying one?
> Thank you for your advice and suggestions!
> Mikiro
> Strasbourg, France