Leitz LeicaFlex SL

This camera is the only the second Leitz camera I have acquired (the Leitz Leica IIIa being the other) during the last six years I have been collecting. Five hundred plus cameras later and I am just as excited about the LiecaFlex as I was about the IIIa.

The LeicaFlex has great hand feel and is easy to use. When I received it, everything worked properly with the exception of the battery cover that was severely tilted and cross-threaded. I ended up having to drill the old cap out as it was not salvageable. The camera now has a Sugru battery cap that while ugly, is functional and will allow me to use the camera until a suitable replacement can be found or 3D-printed.

All actions on the SL are buttery-smooth and while quiet, there is no mistaking that the shutter has fired. It is a nice balance between industrial sounding SLRs and anemic leaf shutters that can be found on other cameras.

ModelLeicaFlex SL
Shutterfocal plane
SpeedB, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000
 f2.8 135mm
Focus1.5m – ∞
Aperturef2.8 – 22
Light MeterYes
Focus SystemSLR

Sample Images on OG FujiFilm Acros 100, stand-developed HC110 for 30 minutes. In general, I love the look of Acros and the LeicaFlex SL produces very nice images on it.

1 Comment

  1. It has aged well- a little old fashioned (and costly) ‘in the day’ but now a respectable classic!


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