R6

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The Leica R6 is a mechanical, manual exposure, manual focus single-lens reflex camera which was on sale between 1988-92. Unlike every other entrant in the R-series range (with the exception of its successor the R6.2), the R6's shutter is fully battery independent. The only element of the camera's operation which is dependent on battery power is the built-in exposure meter.

Perhaps the most famous devotee of the Leica R6/R6.2 cameras is renowned documentary photographer Sebastio Salgado [1].

Specifications

  • Code numbers - 10070-black - 10072-silver
  • Viewfinder with 0.8x magnification factor, 92% coverage, +/- 2 diopter viewfinder correction
  • Interchangeable focusing screens
  • Vertical-travel metal blade focal-plane shutter with speeds 1 - 1 /1000 sec + B and X (1 /100sec)
  • Battery self-check
  • Eyepiece shutter
  • Multiple-exposure
  • Depth of field preview
  • Electronic self-timer (nine second delay)
  • Viewfinder illumination
  • Mirror lock socket
  • Manually controlled TTL diode-match meter system, requiring 2 x SR44 or 1 x CR1 /3N cell(s)
  • Supports 35mm film of speeds 12-3200 ASA
  • Dimensions - 138.5 x 89.1 x 62.2mm
  • Weight - 625 g / 22.05 oz
  • Finishes - Silver or black chrome

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R6 Serial Numbers

^ Cameras 1768451, 1769577 & 1769600 are R6
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
1724451** 1728450** Leica M6 Schwz 1987 4000**
1728451 1732450 Leica R6 Schwz 1987 4000
1745451 1755450 Leica R6 Schwz 1988 10000
1765751 1768000 Leica R6 Hell 1989 2250
1768001 ^ 1770220 Leica R5 ^ Schwz 1989 [2220]
1770486 1772500 Leica R5 & R6 Hell 1989 >2015 ca.1008
1775001 1777000 Leica R5 & R6 Hell 1990 >2000 ca.1000
1777501 1779000 Leica R6 & R-E 1990* >2500 ca.1250
1782001 1783000 Leica R5, R6, R-E 1990 >1000 ca.333
Total assigned serial numbers 1987-1990 ca.23,841

. * 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