Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
+!. Why d'you think this site exists?

The reference to the electronics being flakey is right on the money.
Leica revised the circuit board to fix it.The stop down lever can be freed up with a drop of rubbing alcohol applied to the shaft & working it a number of times.
Just look at the prices of Leica R4 bodies (actual completed sales, not wishful 'Buy it Now' prices). Price is set buy supply and demand and there is simply not much demand, obviously. Other 35mm SLR bodies typically sell for much less, often simply as dust caps for lenses. Of course there are some 35mm SLR bodies that do sell for big dollars too, and rightly so, but those bodies often cost several thousand brand new.

(AUD $76) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LEICA-R-4...item257b37863f

(USD $41.50) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Excellent...item3cccd6457b

(AUD $114.89) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LEICA-LEI...item417123b142

(AUD $100.91 with motor winder) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leica-R4-...item257b34846a

(AUD $122.23) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leica-R4-...item2ec6903279

(AUD$114.24) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leitz-Lei...item2c6ccdf64b

(AUD$158.89) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LEICA-R4-...item1c30bb91cc

(AU $145.97) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leica-R4-...item3f2178aa51

(AU $161.34) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LEITZ-LEI...item20cf879ae8

(AU $249.34 with Motor winder) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leica-R4-...item485232d646

(AU $114.90) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Leica-R4-...item1e77b7a092

I should have been more specific with my original comment as I was referring to 35mm SLR bodies, the R4 being the subject of the OP anyway. Of course there is interest in film, much more so in medium format where image quality really is excellent and worth persuing, but I don't think that demand extends to 35mm SLR film cameras to nearly the same extent.