Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/12/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Reflex vs. RF
From: (Noel Charchuk)
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2002 17:44:32 -0500

Using a inflation index calculator on the web, which only went to 1999, those 1971 values would equal $2295, 2480, and 3110 three years ago.

Bill Stanke <> wrote:

>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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