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A happy ending (Thanks to Dan @ Tamarkin)

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So FINALLY i got a viable Leicaflex SL. After a year of trying and a lot of misery (self-imposed and from girlfriend), I finally got a keeper. Anyway, I bought an L-Flex SL from a "flybynight" place and got shafted from it, to the point that I wrote it off. During that time, my girlfriend bought me a case for it, and funded a Mk1 50-cron for the camera. About July, I reignited my desire to find a L-Flex SL that I could use, and tried KEH, since they were great with Nikon stuff for me. The first one I bought was a shell with a dead shutter, dead meter, dead everything. Returned it for a second one, this one had the same as the first, and in addition a severely cracked prism. Returned again, and they told me to "just keep this one". It was an SL, but the flowerpetals on the takeup reel had been stripped (otherwise it works fine, I may have DAG restore it at some point and plop a 2-cam 35 on it, since DAG did amazingly well on my 50-cron). My girlfriend, who usually supports my dream of owning a Leica, was like "it won't happen unless you pay at LEAST $500 for one". But me being stubborn, I couldn't stop myself from trying.


Anyway, a few days ago I was reading about Leicaflexes and I stumbled into Tamarkin Camera. I had heard a mix of "wonderful" and "horrific" from posters on forums throughout, but since they were only a 2 hr drive away, I figured why not. I spoke to Dan (Stan's son) and he was an absolute class act. I put down $100 on the L-Flex SL (It was $275) and told him I'd have the balance by Feb 6, 2012. I had it ready by Jan 28, 2012 and I paid the balance. It shipped Monday, and arrived at my house yesterday Evening. I tested all the shutter speeds I could visually (my eyes are good to 1/125 for visual check), the meter against my reference meter (the one on my Nikon F3HP) and that too checked out meter to meter. So now I want to put some Ektar 100 in it and see what develops



So consider this a happy ending and a satisfied customer. He even threw in a spare wein battery, and wrote on the invoice "ENJOY!" - Dan.


Classy place, and from it... a very classy camera.



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I've ordered several things from Tamarkin and Dan is always there to assist w/o a hitch...


Yup, that he is. Going to put some Ektar in this puppy tonight, see what she can do!



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