Originally Posted by jszokoli
It's funny how stuff just drops in your lap sometimes.
From what I can find on the web the second type of flash terminal found its way on to cameras mid '72. So even if this camera has had a replacement top it's quite late in the run. From the limited wear on the camera and that both left, and right tops, as well as that the rest of the camera shows constant wear patterns, the only way I could see this being a replacement top was if the camera was damaged very early on in its life. How else could a top with a a number so low get on it. As noted in an earlier post there is no proof that it's original but with more than 860k F's made at that point what would the chance of such a late camera being the one to get a replacement top with such an early number. (or is that a late number?? Depends how you look at it seems)
I know I had said no more film cameras, but I'm glad I had a moment of weakness, caused by a 15% off web offer from KEH.
I had expected that there would be something a little crude about the F compared to the F2 I have, but it's so nice...
The F has boxier lines and is the start of a legend. Still a great camera. For me the F2 is an improved F that also offers sex appeal. As far as a fetish goes the F2 is the sexiest camera ever made. Perhaps because I was young and in college at the time my F2 helped get me laid, and was often used. I had no such sexual experience using a F.
Anyways the 1975 SL2-MOT I presently own is my "Macho" mechanical camera. Sherry says it is the most overbuilt camera that Leica ever built. I love that it was only made for 2 years (spanning three years), cost more than twice of my beloved black F2, and the fact that Leica lost money on every one they sold.
Consider getting a BEOON to make copies of your negatives. Impressive results.