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Subject: Re: [Leica] Reflex vs. RF
From: Bill Stanke <>
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2002 13:03:01 -0800
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I just received an old copy of Leica catalog 44.  Prices were effective
February 1, 1971:

Code 10,011 Leicaflex SL, without lens           $558
Code 10,102 Leicaflex SL, in black finish        $603
Code 10,228 Leicaflex SL, 50/2, hood, ret. ring  $756

Bill Stanke wrote:
> Doug,
> >>The small R4-R7 bodies handle well when used with smaller lenses but
> with a larger lens I need a better grip than these cameras allow.<<
> For me the R7 and SL are both great cameras. My R7 is pretty sturdy. It has
> some really nice features. The SL has a better viewfinder, IMO. The best of
> any SLR I've used.
> I glanced at some older Shutterbugs from the mid '90s and was amazed to see
> that the R7 listed for $2,795. The SL was probably similar in real terms
> back in the '60s and '70s. Not inexpensive, but make to last. Like the M.
> I agree that the SL is a better fit with the bigger lenses. My SL has the
> older meter cell and still has the plastic lens release. I've been meaning
> to send it to Sherry for a CLA and upgrade, but I hate to send in a camera
> that's still working like a charm.
> DaveR
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