I once owned the original Leicaflex (with the meter on the outside). It was a joy to use - the microprism focusing was the best through-the-lens focusing system I have ever seen, the viewfinder was huge and extremely bright, the feel of the camera was like nothing else I ever owned (except my M2 and M3), and the 50mm Summicron was probably the best perfoming lens I have ever owned. I have never handled a more satisfying SLR.
I sold it to buy a 135mm Tele-elmar, which suited my needs more at the time. I decided to stick with 1 system, but I remember the Leicaflex with respect and affection.
I love the original L-Flex myself, but it was out of my price range as a college student, whereas the SL was barely over $100. Everything else (M-series, CL, etc.) was out of my range, so it's a "everyman" leica (bar the lenses which are $$ out the wazoo and rightfully so).
Just took mine off eBay the other day, decided I love it too much!
NICE SL2! What are the diffs between it and the SL (other than the legendarily sensitive light meter and the aperture also being visible in the viewfinder)
I use the Leicaflex SL for more than 30 years. One of the best SLR Leica ever made.
I do also have the Leicaflex SL2 and use it for more than 10 years...
Last year I had some shutter problems with it.
But my Leica repairman in Nijmegen (Holland) solves this problem and gave the camera a CLA and the camera works fine now again...
It is a pleasure to work with the SL 2.
One day I want an SL2, black, or an SL MOT myself with drive. SOmething about these L-Flexes...