Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/04/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica Autofocus
From: (Dominique PELLISSIER)
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 10:34:26 +0200 (MET DST)

>Ananth S wrote:
>> Does Leica makes or ever made any autofocus SLR/Rangefinder cameras?
>Yes the SL2 Correfot (Corrofot ?), the very first (AFAIK)
>35mm SLR AF showed at the Photokina (1978 ?) 
>Never produced.
It seems that the Correfot device exists in a scientific instrument made by
(info given many years ago by a french Leica agent).

In 1981, when the R4 was marketed,the same agent said that there was room in
the base of the camera for the correfot.
I don't know if it's true.
 But in the Osterloh's book on the R4, p.57 (german edition) there is a
section of the camera with a strange thing below the reflex mirror, just
above the tripod bush.
In 1982, Leica foto published a paper on the Correfot. They wrote that the
device needed improvement...IMHO they recognized that their device (which
was electro-mechanical) was superseded by japanese devices (which were
After the Leica R-D department caught forty winks till to-day.Very short
sleep indeed because Leica time is not usual time...;-)