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Leica M2 - R (M2 With M4 Rapid Load) Rangefinder Camera - Rare CLA ' D And


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Brand: Leica
Original Description:
The M2-R is a rare late M2 that was supplied from the factory with the M4 rapid film loading mechanism (the same 3-prong loader that is now ubiquitous and in use on on the MP, M-A, M7, M6, etc...). The "R" stands for "rapid," because the new mechanism is definitely faster than the very slow loading process of the earlier M2 and M3s. It is said that this M2 variant was initially produced for a US Army contract but when the contract disappeared, Leica went on to sell the remaining bodies... to the public. An estimated 2,000 exist. 
So you get the rapid loading of an M4/M6/M7, but the internal mechanical perfection that made the Leica M3 and M2 famous. 
This copy came to me from a local collector, who reported that it had been CLA'd by Sherry Krauter a few years ago. Indeed, the wax seal in the lens mount has her signature "K" mark. For those of you who know Sherry, she is legendary in the Leica community for her outstanding workmanship. The "K" seal means this camera is as smooth and tuned as it was when it left the factory.
It goes without saying, but the camera is in perfect mechanical order: viewfinder is clear and accurate, shutter speeds are accurate, film advance & rewind are smooth, etc. etc. There are some minor cosmetic blemishes (see pics): some light corrosion in the chrome on the top/front, a little strap wear, some brassing on the strap lugs, and a small piece of missing vulcanite on the film door. 
I'm selling this because I am trying to thin out my camera collection. I find myself hesitating to shoot the M2-R because it's so rare and I don't want to scratch or damage it. It's been kept in my dehumidified cabinet since purchase, except to shoot a few rolls.
I've been a casual ebay user for 20+ years with 100% positive feedback. I pack carefully and ship promptly. Questions welcome.




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