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    How to tell if a M6 is Wetzlar?

    How do tell if a M6 Classic is a Wetzlar body or not?

    Is the serial number on the flash shoe? Isn't that a stupid place to put it, as it is a part that could be changed out?

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    The camera body will have Made in Germany so the camera must have been made in Wetzlar and the latest models in Solms.

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    Frank,
    You want me to ask on photo.net for you?

    Won't it say "made in Germany" and have a "Leitz" instead of "Leica" on the red dot?

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    The Solms-made M6's also say "Made In Germany".

    But the Solms M6's say "Leica Camera" or "Leica Camera GMBH" on the back along with the "Made In Germany". I presume the Wetzler cameras would have "Leitz" instead of "Leica".

    Serial number is on the accessory shoe for all.

    The shoe does seem like a dumb place to put it, now that you mention it.

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    Sorry, I'm Leica disadvantage. What's the difference between Weitzlar and made somewhere else?

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    Not much. Some people think the Wetzler-built Leicas were better than those made in Canada and the later ones made in Solms. The Wetzler models might have more value to some collectors.

    Personally, I just like to use the silly things. As long as they work properly, I don't care where they're made.

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    Mine was made by Elves in the Black Forrest.

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    I have a whole list of aliases for PN. Didn't you know that l was •[•Z and Jay at the same time???

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    I don't see what difference that this make unless you are a die-hard collector.
    Mama took my APX away.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Petronio
    How do tell if a M6 Classic is a Wetzlar body or not?
    If it was made in Wetzlar it will have a promiment engraving on top "Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH" like in this picture http://i10.ebayimg.com/01/i/04/42/a5/81_1_b.JPG and the logo will say "Leitz". Solms-Leicas have plain tops and the logo will say "Leica". If I were you I would choose a Solms-M6 over a Wetzlar-M6 any time as the former have updated electronics which have some weakpoints eliminated and their reliability enhanced. Furthermore, the sensitivity is 2 stops higher than in the Wetzlar M6 further enhacing your available-darkness capabilities. It is said that some parts are made from lesser materials (die-cast non-adjustable instead of brass multi-part adjustable) but honestly, as a user, I don't care. I would suggest that collectors should stick to their M2s M3s, M4s and M5s and leave alone that humble, modern M6.

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