Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/03/28

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Subject: [Leica] Considering a Backup Reflex...R4?
From: grduprey at (
Date: Wed Mar 28 20:55:32 2007

The R4 at $200 seems a good deal to me.  Although I'm not sure what 
ergonomic problems it would have that the R4SP, RE, and R5 do not, as the 
bodies and controls are almost identical in operation.


-------------- Original message from (J. Newell): 

> I've been thinking about buying a second reflex body as a backup for my 
> (knock 
> on wood) trusty R6. I've found an R4 that looks like a good candidate at 
> $200. 
> It has some cosmetic issues but overall is not bad. The serial number is 
> over 
> the 1,6xx,xxx level that seems to be the cut-off for early electronic 
> problems. 
> The only real functional gripe I've got is that not having the shutter 
> speeds 
> back-illuminated seems like a handicap, especially in lower light or 
> against 
> dark backgrounds. Then again, this would just be a backup body, and an RE 
> or R5 
> is going to be a lot more expensive, I think. 
> The question is: is $200 such a good price, considering the intended 
> purpose, 
> that I should live with the R4's ergonomic limitations (compared to an RE, 
> R5 or 
> even an R4s-P, all of which seem to be a good bit more expensive)? There 
> is no 
> right answer, but if anyone has opinions I'm interested in hearing 
> thoughts. 
> Thanks - John Newell 
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