- R4 with 50mm f/2 Summicron-R II lens and cap
- Production era - 1980-1986
- Order numbers - 10046-black - 10041-mot-chrom - 10043-mot-black - 10051-gold
- Description - "The Leica R4 set the shape and, layout for the next generation of Leica reflex cameras. It is lighter in weight and smaller in overall size than the R3.
- The metering system is highly sophisticated and incorporates five metering modes, all selected by the use of a single dial on the camera top plate.
- The metering system is activated by either lightly touching the release button, or pressing the program selector.
- The electronic Leitz/Seiko designed shutter incorporates variable speeds between 1/2 and 1/1000 sec plus B. 8 seconds to 1/1000 continuously on A* A** and P* modes and from 1 second on T* and M* modes. Also a fixed mechanical speed of 1/1000 sec.
- There is an electronic self timer with a signal LED on the camera front. The viewfinder system features interchangeable screens. The viewfinder readout display includes selected metering mode, shutter speed, aperture, memory hold , over and under exposure, flash ready and manual overide.
- The camera accepts the newly developed motor drive or power winder and will accept the R3 range of lens from 15 to 800mm. There is a data recording back and also a large film capacity back." -jcb
- Accessories - DB-Leica R4
- Designers - Heinrich Janke and Hans-Kurt Uellenberg - 1980 Jun 03
- Manuals & brochures
- R4 Manual courtesy of Mike Butkus
- Forum discussion
R4 Serial Numbers
|SN Start||SN End||Product||Year||Batch|
|1533351||1543350||Leica R4 Schwz (+mot)||1980-81||10000|
|1552531||1562350||Leica R4 Schwz||1981||10000|
|1564351||1574350||Leica R4 Schwz(+Hell)||1981-82||10000|
|1574351||1576350||Leica R4 Hell||1982||2000|
|1576351||1586350||Leica R4 Schwz||1982||10000|
|1590351**||1590550**||Leica R4 Schwz||1982||200**|
|1590551||1592550||Leica R4 Hell||1982||2000|
|1592551||1602550||Leica R4 Schwz||1982||10000|
|1602551||1604550||Leica R4 Hell (+Schwz)||1982||2000|
|1606551||1616550||Leica R4 Schwz||1983||10000|
|1616551||1618550||Leica R4 Hell||1983||2000|
|1622551||1632550||Leica R4 Schwz (ELW)||1983||10000|
|1651251||1652250||Leica R4 Gold||1984-85||1000|
|1659251||1664250||Leica R4 Schwz||1984-85||5000|
|1664351||1665350||Leica R4 Hell||1984-85||1000|
|1669351||^1674350||Leica R4 Schwz*||1985-86||5000|
|1694951||1696450||Leica R4 Schwz||1986||1500|
.* 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
^ Leica***USA on camera back in this batch