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Leica R6.2 vs. R6

Steve Lebel , Feb 02, 2008; 08:15 a.m.

I've checked dealers and watched eBay auctions, and have observed that the R6.2 commands such a higher price, usually selling for 2 times an R6. Is there a true difference in the mechanics or performance of this camera, other than the 1/2,000 shutter speed advantage, or is it a perceived difference as a result of some clever marketing by Leica when the R6.2 was introduced to replace the R6?


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Len Smith , Feb 02, 2008; 09:12 a.m.

All Leica R models up to the R6 included major components from Minolta.

The R6-2 contained no Minolta components. All the components were either manufactured or sourced by Leica. So the purity of the Leica DNA in the R6.2 may account for its greater perceived value.

Apart from the higher 1/2000 shutter speed, the R6.2 also has a reputation for excellent reliability.

Ronald Moravec , Feb 02, 2008; 10:43 a.m.

The 6.2 gets a strange sound at 1/250. Normal so don`t panic.

I must have gotten one of the last run as I waited months for a chrome model, then the R8 came out.

The R6 seems to be a nice camera also.

Steven Moseley , Feb 02, 2008; 11:00 a.m.


Re this "All Leica R models up to the R6 included major components from Minolta"

Please give an official and reputable source for this info...or is just yet more web heresey and rumour?

thanks Steve.

Dave S , Feb 02, 2008; 11:11 a.m.

I think the intent was 'hearsay', but I like 'heresy' better in that sentence.

Anthony Morello , Feb 02, 2008; 11:18 a.m.

I too have a r6.2. It's a great camera, i can't say enough about the quality - small and rugged. I thought about selling it at one point, but changed my mind, knowing I would deeply regret it. There is a little adapter that gets screwed into the front of the body below the lens that allows mirror lock up. Thought you might like to know, if you didn't already. Good luck with your future purchase.

Ken Shipman , Feb 02, 2008; 11:58 a.m.

Personally I think the high price of the 6.2 is just because it was the very last all-mechanical version, and the resulting demand of purists, collectors, etc. The R6 has a top shutter speed of 1/1000, and the 6.2 took it to 1/2000. The change in model is usually accompanied by other internal improvements, but I'm not aware of any other change that would account for the difference in demand.

Ken Shipman , Feb 02, 2008; 12:54 p.m.

BTW, I bought my 6.2 brand new in 1998 at a local dealer for (gulp) $2,200. I think eBay existed in it's infancy at that time, but I knew nothing about it. Accounting for inflation over the past 10 years, that was a pretty expensive 35mm camera even then, with no significant "features" except onboard metering. It's a wonderful camera, though somewhat of a throw- back in time. Sometimes I get weary of the framelines in the M. I put a Summicron on the 6.2 and the world is pure again - if only my temporary little view of it.

Mohir Ali , Feb 02, 2008; 01:13 p.m.

what is exactly wrong with minolta components? i have a cle, which performs perfectly. myth or reality?

Wendell Kelly , Feb 02, 2008; 02:30 p.m.

"The R6-2 contained no Minolta components. All the components were either manufactured or sourced by Leica."

Leitz is reputed to have lost money manufacturing the R6 and R6.2. Under those circumstances, it is difficult to imagine Leitz bringing parts manufacture in-house, at German labor costs, if the components were available from Japan.

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