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User comments btil June 2003

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This was my first Leica R, which I bought when I was 18 years old. Some people mentioned in the internet, that the R4 is not as reliable as the R5, but I had never a problem with it.

The difference between the different R4 models is marginal, but sometimes worth it from the usability perspective (easier to handle). Especilally the model R4s mod.2

dirk
 
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Guest

I purchased an R4S new. Had problems with the electronics and sent it back to US Leica repair several times during warrenty period. Several years ago the film advance mechanism jammed. Cost more than the original price of the camera to get it repaired by Leica. The older R Zoom lens that were made by Minolta and Sigma had bad optics. The Angenieux 35-70 was much better in color and contrast, however the macro mode had a vignetting problem along with pin cushion distortion. Great on landscapes where these faults were not noticable. The best Leicas I have owned are the M3 single stroke and the M2. In a weak moment I sold both of these cameras. I am now trying to replace them. I sold the R4s while it was still working.
 
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Guest

I may have had the odd unit, but I owned an R4S for 4 years and it always functioned perfectly for me. My biggest complaints were that the black finish developed that white-ish look on some of the nooks and crannies, and that the other Leica users I know thumbed their noses at me when I used it.
 
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Guest

The R4s I purchased new worked perfectly for 15 years, then the aperture control ring started getting gummy - a CLA fixed this. My biggest complaints with the camera were the poor implementaion of manual metering and not being able to focus as easily as with the SL.

I still have an R4sP (it's my daughter's now) and it occasionally has problems with frame overlap but it can be forgiven 'cus I rebuilt it from a wreck.
 
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Guest

BOUGHT AN R4S USED FROM A WELL KNOWN AND WELL ADVERTISED DEALER AND REALLY GOT A VERY UNFAIR DEAL. METERING FAILED DURING FIRST ROLL OF FILM. AFTER WRANGLING WITH THE DEALER FOR 3 MONTHS I FINALLY SENT THE THING TO LEICA IN NEW JERSEY, WHERE THEY CLA'D THE BODY, AND IT HAS WORKED UNFAILINGLY FOR 10 YEARS. THE WHOLE THING, HOWEVER, NICKED MY CONFIDENCE IN THE R4S, AND TO THIS DAY I CARRY A BLACK SL AS BACKUP, JUST IN CASE IT GOES SOUR AGAIN. SL JUST WORKS LIKE A LEICA SHOULD.
 
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Guest

Does anyone know of a quick source for the replacement foam (ractangular shaped) liner gasket that surrounds the film casette viewing window on the inside of the camera back ? Also does this source sell the black adhesive?
 
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Guest

<I>Does anyone know of a quick source for the replacement foam (ractangular shaped) liner gasket that surrounds the film casette viewing window on the inside of the camera back ?</I><P>
Call or write your Leica importer. It will probably be free. It has the adhesive on it already; just clean the old one off, peel off the backing and stick it on.
 
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Guest

get a Leica R4 from my grandpa after he is dieing!
Looking for tutorial for this camera!
 
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Guest

Hi
I have a Leica R4, which has a square plate on the back saying Leica Special Edition. Furthermore it shows the # I 026 on the back frame below the film advance lever. Could anyone please tell me something about the camera e.g.:
1)when produced,
2)does the special edition vary from the regular R4,
3)how much was it new
4)why was there a special edition run,
5)the # below the film advance lever (which is not on any other R4) means what?
6)how many were produced.

Thanks
Joy
 
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Guest

That R4 must be very special.
There are two special versions of the R4: a R4 Gold (1000 pieces, 1984) and R4 Jesse Owens (to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jesse Owens, 1986, 300 pieces with special numbers L ...).
And not so special, there was a R4s mod.P version for the US market.

Giap
 
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Guest

Joy, Giap in the previous message nearly hit the nail on the head. Your R4 was from one of the Jesse Owens outfits Leica USA created in 1986. This commerative never sold and the finally broke up the kits and sold off the cameras and lenses, the special edition sticker is covering the Jese Owens markings, and I206 is the camera's special id number.
Happy Snaps,
 
G

Guest

Pity that R4 is cannibalized. Only 300 units were made ( normal R4 in 1986 approx. 5000), rarity grade is RR, very rare), now it is just a "normal"R4. The R4 Jesse Owens has also a special bodycap, was equipped with a Vario-Elmar 70-210 zoom, in a special case with a certificate of authenticity.
But you still can take good pictures with it.
Giap
 

tbc

Well-Known Member
I have a Leica R4 and am replacing the foam on the back. I know that there is foam in the narrow channel in the camera body itself. I would like to know where the foam on the back should be. Photos in the R4 manual show foam on the back, but the photo only shows part of the back. Do both the upper and lower pieces of foam go all the way across the back?
 

d_rabbit

New Member
Can a Leica CF flash designed for the minilux zoom be safely used on the Leica R4? There are two electrodes on both and at the same location.
I am tempted to try it but fear of damaging them.
Will this combo produce good flash photos?
 

jacek

New Member
I would like to buy Leica R4s and lens 50 mm 2.0.
Could you tell me how much I should pay for both?
 
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