R5

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  • Order numbers - 10060-chrome - 10061-black
  • Production era - 1986-1992
  • Variants - Red logo on advance (ELW) or rewind (ELP) side of camera; in 1988 the red logo changed from 'Leica' to 'Leitz'
  • Description - "The Leica R5 is a logical development of the R4 with extended facilities, namely  : TTL flash exposure measurement, extended shutter speed range from 15 to 1/2000 sec. an eyepiece with built in ocular correction from +2 to -2 dioptries and much greater eye relief, enabling spectacles wearers to see the whole field and exposure data in the viewfinder.
All relevant data in the form of figures or LED symbols, for control of the camera is displayed in the viewfinder and lies outside the image area.
The five exposures modes are similar to those of the R4, except that the program mode is variable. Minor improvements on the R4 are the exposure mode selector can no longer be changed inadvertently and the take up spool is metal." -jcb

R5 Serial Numbers

^ Cameras 1534022, 1900095 & 1901408 are R5
^^ Cameras 1768451, 1769577 & 1769600 are R6
~ Camera 1697362 is R6.2
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
1543351 ^ 1545350 Leica ^M4-P 1980 [2000]
1696451 ~ 1701450 Leica R5 Schwz 4 Jun 1986* 5000
1714451 1719450 Leica R5 Schwz 1987 5000
1719451 1720450 Leica R5 Hell 1987 1000
1720451 1724450 Leica R5 Schwz 1987 4000
1732451 1733450 Leica R5 Hell 1987 1000
1733451 1738450 Leica R5 Schwz 1988 5000
1762451 1765750 Leica R5 Schwz 1988 3330
1768001 ^^ 1770220 Leica R5 Schwz 1989 2220
1770221 1770485 Leica R5 Schwz 1989 265
1770486 1772500 Leica R5 & R6 Hell 1989 2015 ca.1008
1775001 1777000 Leica R5 & R6 Hell 1990 2000 ca.1000
1782001 1783000 Leica R5, R6, R-E Schwz* 1990 1000 ca.333
1786001 1788000 Leica R5, R-E Schwz* 1990* 2000 ca.1000
1788001 1790000 Leica R5, R-E Schwz* 1991* 2000 ca.1000
1791001 1793000 Leica R5, R-E Schwz* 1991* 2000 ca.1000
1797001 1799000 Leica R5, R-E Schwz* 1991* 2000 ca.1000
1799001 1800000 Leica R5, R-E, (R6.2) Schwz* 1991* 1000 ca.500
1900001 ^ 1903500 Leica R-E, R6.2 (Schwz) 1991* 3500 ca.1750
Total assigned serial numbers 1987-1990 ca. 33,656

. * Serial numbers and batch total from Gandy's List
** Serial numbers from Serial Numbers Leica Cameras with computed batch total.
Unmarked SN's match between both lists and Gandy's batch total was used without recalculation.
Schwz - Black anodized aluminum / Hell - Clear anodized aluminum