Friday, March 14, 2014


Special Auction 100 Years of LEICA on the occasion of the Grand Opening of the new LEITZ PARK in Wetzlar on 
May 23rd, 2014 

An exclusive portfolio of exactly 100 rare treasures of Leitz hardware development as well as 100 highlights of Leica photography will be presented and auctioned in cooperation with Leitz Camera AG on the occasion of the Grand Opening of the new Leitz Park in Wetzlar on May 23rd, 2014.

The auction will be accompanied by a very exclusive 450 page catalogue, which you can preorder here:

Celebrating 100 Years of LEICA and the Grand Opening of the Leitz Park on May 23rd, 2014 in Wetzlar, Germany.

With more than 450 pages, the “100 Years of LEICA“ catalogue displays all these contemporary witnesses of LEICA history and therefore can be considered a very complete picture book of LEICA brand development and photography, full of exciting surprises, historical details and insider information. Curated by experts like Lars Netopil and Hans-Michael Koetzle.

For the registration of your personal attendance to the auction in Wetzlar on May 23, 2pm CEST, please send an email with your name, adress and telephone number to: 


  1. Wow, there are some very interesting items on that picture. What is the camera directly below the microscope at the upper left?

    1. That camera caught my eye too. It appears to be a prototype, similar to an M4 with the slanted rewind knob. But the shutter release in the center of the shutter speed dial as well s the square corners of the camera are definitely different. I also wonder what the attachment on the bottom is for. It is obviously the housing of a R3 or R4 motor drive. It reminds me of the prototype autofocus Leicaflex SL2 which I was able to handle back in 1980. There the housing was used as a battery pack. Could this possibly be an early autofocus M camera?
      If anyone knows, I would appreciate hearing about it.

    2. That must be some sort of prototype camera that never reached the market.

    3. That's what I think, but I would like to find out more about it.

    4. Leica is definitely an ongoing learning experience. I found out that this is a prototype M6 with electronic shutter, produced 1981 during the time of the Leica-Minolta cooperation agreement. They used a Minolta XD-7 main chassis including the Seiko-shutter, which was already used for the Leica R4. The mirror-reflex-housing and the pentaprism was cut off, and a M-rangefinder was added. The result was a M-Leica with TTL meter and automatic exposure control. The camera could be used with data back and R4 motor drives. The so-called "M6 electronic" was finished by late 1981 and only four complete prototypes were produced.