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Leica Z2X 35mm Camera, Lecia M500 Limited Edition w/ boxes, warranty & papers

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Boxes, instructions book & warranty card, Limited Edition

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Leica Z2X:

Leica 35mm Camera



Only 137,294 produced:

Produced from 1997 to 2002


Point and Shoot



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Product Information
The Leica Z2X is a high performance 35mm film camera that uses 35-70mm zoom lens and is ideal for portraits to landscapes. You get amazing pictures with proper color and contrast with the superb optical glass of this Leica 35mm camera. The lens construction of 7 elements in 6 groups of this Leica film camera provides razor-sharp images. You can capture brilliant images even in low light as the flash of this Leica 35mm camera gets activated automatically in dark conditions. With automatic exposure control, the Leica Z2X camera provides bright and clear images in dusky situations. The viewfinder of this Leica film camera offers a perfect view in any mode. The Leica Z2X has an auto focus-system that delivers a precise image even of distant objects.

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Key Features
Camera TypePoint and Shoot
Film Type35mm
Focal Length35 mm - 70 mm
Battery Type1 x 3V Lithium Battery (CR123A)

Focus TypeAutofocus

Zoom Size2
Minimum Focus Distance1.97 ft.

Minimum Aperturef7.6
Maximum Aperturef4

Red Eye ReductionWith Red Eye Reduction

Depth1.66 in.
Height2.75 in.
Width4.88 in.
Weight8.64 Oz

Additional FeaturesAuto Exposure, Focus Lock, Panorama, Self Timer, Zoom Lens

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This is a listing for a new in the box LEICA Z2X M500 Limited Edition Model with all the original papers. This camera is new but with a few small scratches on the camera back. View pictures for details.

The Leica Z2X come with both the outer box and the inter box. Also it has the Lecia Instruction Book (40 pages not counting the front and back cover), the Lecia Warranty Booklet and Warranty Card (12 pages). Also has a hand strap and a neck strap.

Leica has discontinued this model. Production era: 1997-2002. Therefore it is a collectors camera. The Serial Number indicate that this Limited Edition M500 was manufactured in 1997, the First Year of Production.

This camera with all my camera and watches have been stored in a climate controlled facility at a constant room temperature, with a dehumidifier continuously removing the moisture from the air.

I installed a new battery (the one originally furnished had long since expired) and a roll of films to make sure the camera was functioning correctly before listing it. As I have stated, I have never used the camera but wanted to verify that the camera was loading film and working correctly. I will include this new battery.

Shipping: Shipping within the U.S.A. is FREE. International Shipping is by USPS International Express Service (EMS) Fully Insured with Delivery Confirmation (tracking) for $50.00.

Payment: Payment can be made by PayPal. I will also accept other forms of payment, please inquire for more details.

The following information is a detailed description of the Leica Z2X and a commentary and review by Charles Castevens of the Leica Z2X.

Leica Z2X 35mm Camera

The Leica Z2X is a high-quality 35mm compact zoom camera that allows you to get the shot you need in almost any situation. The Z2X (Zstands for "zoom" and 2X stands for "double focal length range") boasts a fully automatic exposure control and focus system that ensures well-balanced exposures with maximum ease. It also has a manual override for more creative shooting. The flash activates automatically in low light or can be turned off altogether.

The outstanding Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens uses optical glass of the highest quality. Special coatings on the lens surface, combined with the best glass, are designed to capture true color as well as super-sharp, high-contrast images. The zoom has three settings--35mm, 50mm, and 70mm-- covering most of the usual needs for scenes such as landscapes, parties, and portraits. A self-timer is included with a frontal flashing-light countdown of approximately 10 seconds.

About Leica
Seventy-five years ago, the first Leica camera was introduced to the public at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair. At the time, it was by far the most innovative 35mm camera ever produced (as well as one of the very first). Since then, no camera in the world has been more widely acclaimed for continuously meeting the highest standards of excellence in both optical precision and design quality. Notably, many internationally acclaimed photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado have used Leica cameras throughout their careers. We think you'll find that Leica compact cameras maintain the same integrity as the M and R models used by the pros, but at more affordable prices. The lenses in all Leica 35mm cameras are still designed by the Leica optical department in Solms, Germany. Every compact camera is also tested for quality in Germany before being released. When you choose Leica, you are buying into one of the great traditions in the history of photography.

Product Description

The LEICA Z(oom) 2X (with double focal length range) is an exceptionally elegant, handy, fully automatic 35mm-format camera with an excellent 35-70mm zoom lens. It is small enough to be stowed away in just about any pocket and thanks to its minimal weight it's a pleasure to have around all the time.Composing your pictures is delightfully easy with the brilliant real-image viewfinder of the LEICA Z2X. Everything you see will be in the picture. Clearly delineated markings for the autofocus field, close-up and panorama photographs are very helpful aids for perfect picture composition. And a clearly legible LCD display keeps you fully informed about all the important functions and settings. With the LEICA Z2X, you have everything under very convenient control so you can devote full attention to your subject.


Product Features and Technical Details

                    Production era - 1997-2002

Stylish and fully automatic 35mm compact camera

High-quality Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens (f/4.0 to f/7.6)

Passive autofocus system with automatic flash

Automatic exposure with center-weighted metering and manual shutter speeds of up to 99 seconds

Bright real-image viewfinder allows for easy composition

Technical Details

Brand Name: Leica

Model: Z2X, standard Z2X was black or titanium

Device Type: Point & Shoot / Zoom camera

Metering Description: Center-weighted

Auto Focus Technology: Passive

Film Speed Range: ISO 50 - 3200

Lens Type: Zoom lens

Minimum focal length: 35 millimeters

Maximum focal length: 70 millimeters

Optical zoom: 2 x

Included Flash Type: Built-in flash

Flash Modes Description: Fill-in mode, Night mode, Auto mode, Flash OFF mode, Red-eye reduction

Red-eye reduction: Y

Width: 4.9 inches

Depth: 1.7 inches

Height: 2.8 inches

Weight: 8.6 Ounces


Technical Details

Stylish and fully automatic 35mm compact camera

High-quality Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm zoom lens (f/4.0 to f/7.6)

Passive autofocus system with automatic flash

Automatic exposure with center-weighted metering and manual shutter speeds of up to 99 seconds

Bright real-image viewfinder allows for easy composition

Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.6 x 2.8 inches.


Leica Z2X

by Charles Castevens


Yes, it's a Leica. Yes, you can buy it new. No, it does not cost US$1000 or more.

I don't care about brand names. I don't care about a manufacturer's history, other product lines, or the cost of their products. I do not need to have the largest, newest, most expensive camera around my neck to feel good about myself or my camera. I believe one thing makes a great camera a great camera: how much you end up using it.

I have an old Pentax with several lenses, an ancient range finder from Japan, and a few other cameras lying around, but my Leica Z2X with date back and 35-70 mm f/4-7.6 lens is the one that, by far, receives the most use. It's small enough to fit in a decent-sized pocket (~125 mm x 70 mm x 45 mm), but not so small that it is difficult to use. The optional soft leather carrying case has a belt loop on the back of it, the usefulness of which can not be overstated.

This camera has several modes you can manually set, such as red-eye reduction, no flash, force flash, infinity mode, and +2 EV. Lightly pressing the shutter release button stores exposure and distance information. The viewfinder is fine for those of us who have to wear glasses, and the rocker that controls the zoom is so natural to use that you don't even have to think about zooming the lens, it just seems to happen.

I used this camera almost exclusively with slide film (mostly Kodak E100SW and E200, and Fuji Velvia) and occasionally with print film (Kodak 160NC, Ilford Delta 400 Pro) and I have never had a problem with exposure levels-- except when I make a dumb mistake.

My Z2X fell from about 1.25 meters onto a hard tile floor a few weeks ago and, of course, it landed right on the lens. The damage looked bad and the US$210 repair estimate from Leica confirmed my worst fears. A few days ago I received my latest, or should I say last, set of slides back from Kodak and Fuji that I had taken with this camera. While looking through these slides I was once again amazed by the Z2X. I could almost reach out and touch the wrapping paper on the Christmas presents, and the Florida sandhill cranes that I photographed looked like they were ready to walk off the screen and into my apartment.

After seeing those final slides I simply had to buy another Z2X. Its ease of use and portability (with or without the carrying case), along with its great lens and exposure system, made this a very easy decision. Searching the web, I found a new one for only $15 more than Leica wanted to repair my old one, so now I am the proud owner of an old broken Z2X (ordered sight- unseen, right after they first came out) and a new working Z2X. Just like the old one, I'll take the new one everywhere and I'll use it often, knowing that it will provide me

Production era - 1997-2002

Type - Small film point-and-shoot camera.

Zoom lens - LEICA VARIO-ELMAR 35 > 70 mm f/4.0 > 7.6 (7 elements in 6 groups). Lens cover automatically closes flush with the body when camera is switched off.

Focus range - From 60 cm (24 in.) to infinity. Separate infinity focus lock.

Variants - A special Jaguar edition was released in mid 2000 limited to 1,000 cameras. The body is finished in black and British racing green with Jaguar logo on lower front.

Finish -  the standard Z2X was black and titanium; also available in electric blue. Also the LEICA Z2X M500 Limited Edition Model.

Autofocus system - Passive autofocus, which meters exposure values when the shutter release button is pressed lightly and focuses when the shutter release button is fully depressed. In poor lighting conditions the auxiliary AF light is automatically activated.

Exposure control - Automatic program mode, center-weighted integral metering with automatic flash activation in the automatic modes.

Memory - Focus is locked and metered value saved with continuous slight pressure on shutter release button.

Exposure override +2Ev, can be activated manually.

Meter working range (all data at ISO 100) Formodes with automatic flash activation or "ON" (manual flash on). At 35 mm focal length: from exposure value Ev9 (1/30 sec. and f/4.0) > Ev17 (1/300 sec. and f/20). At 70 mm focal length: from exposure value Ev11.6 (1/50 sec. and f/7.6) > Ev17 (1/200 sec. and f25). For manual "flash-off" modes or manual flash activation with long exposure, "SLOW/ON". At 35 mm focal length: from exposure value Ev6 (1/4 sec. and f/4) > Ev17 (1/300 sec. and f20). At 70 mm focal length: from exposure value Ev7.9 (1/4 sec. and f/7.6) > Ev17 (1/200 sec. and f/25).

Shutter speed range - 1/4 sec. > 1/300 sec. "B" setting (up to 99 sec.)

Film speed setting - Film speed automatically set for DX-coded films from ISO 50 to ISO 3200. With film without DX-coding or with coding lower than ISO 50, the camera is automatically set to ISO 100. With films with coding higher than ISO 3200, it is set to ISO 3200. The settings are as follows: ISO 50, 64, 100, 125, 200, 250, 400, 500, 800, 1000, 1600, 2000, 3200.

Automatic flash - In poor lighting conditions the flash is activated automatically in the automatic program modes. Manual ON/OFF capability at any time. Additional manual flash activation also possible with long exposures (SLOW/ON). Pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect in automatic program mode and manual flash-on (ON, SLOW/ON). Flash range - (all data at ISO 100): At 35 mm: 0.6 > 5.1 m. At 70 mm: 0.6 > 2.7 m.

Viewfinder - Bright, clear real image viewfinder with markings for autofocus area measured, frame lines for close-range and panorama photographs (panorama adapter available as an accessory). Viewfinder magnification: 0.44x at 35 mm focal length, 0.74x at 70 mm focal length. Finder coverage 83% of film format.

LEDs - Red LED blinks when flash is being recharged and is lit continuously when the flash is ready to fire. Green LED blinks when the camera/subject distance is too small or when there is a risk of camera shake due to long exposure times. It is lit continously to indicate that focus and exposure have been metered or stored in memory.

Film transport - Automatic film threading and advance to first frame. Motorized advance after each exposure. Continuous shooting by holding down shutter release. Automatic rewind after last exposure. Midroll rewind possible.

Data panel - Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) indicates symbols/numbers for battery status, frame count (alternatively time count in seconds), flash and pre-flash activation, flash OFF and pre-flash OFF, long-time exposure, infinity focus lock, self-timer and exposure override.

Self-timer 10 sec. countdown; indicated by diode (LCD) on front of camera. Activated by separate button on the top plate of the camera.

Power supply - Long-lasting 3V lithium battery (CR 123A).

Camera on/off control - ON/OFF button on camera top. Lens travels to ready/trasport position. Camera automatically shuts off electronics after approx. 5 minutes (stand-by mode). Functions can be re-activated by touching the shutter release button, the zoom selector or the ON/OFF button.

Program modes - Automatic program mode with automatic flash - Automatic program mode with automatic flash and pre-flash - Automatic program mode with automatic flash and exposure override - Manual flash-on - Manual flash-on and pre-flash - Manual flash-on with long exposure - Manual flash-on with pre-flash and long exposure - Manual flash-off - Infinity focus lock and manual flash-off - "The 'B' is displayed on the LCD data panel if the light is too dim to permit exposure metering. Manual long-time exposure up to 99 sec. possible." - Every exposure mode remains in effect until another mode is chosen or the camera is turned off. When the camera is switched back on, it automatically sets to "automatic program mode with automatic flash".

Body - Plastic housing in all black or black and titanium with chrome trim. Side attachment for carrying strap or wrist strap. Tripod thread A 1/4 DIN 4503 (1/4").

Data back - Camera available with or without data back. Imprints the day and time, or date on the film. Quartz controlled clock and automatic calendar up to year 2019. Intensity controlled automatically according to film speed coding.

Weight - approx. 245 g / 448 g (without / with databack and without battery).

Dimensions (W x H x D) - 124 x 69.6 x 42.6 mm.

Designer - Manfred Meinzer

Z2X and Z2X DB Serial Numbers

SN Start SN End Product Year Batch

2332001 2382000 Leica Z2X 1997 50,000

2382001 2412000 Leica Z2X 1997 30,000

2482801 2487800 Leica Z2X DB 1999 5000

2490157 2495150 Leica Z2X DB 1999 4994

2502001 2517000 Leica Z2X DB 1999 15,000

2517001 2527000 Leica Z2X 1999 10,000

2688501 2703800 Leica Z2X 2000 15,300

2726401 2731400 Leica Z2X mit DB 2000 5,000

2847751 2849750 Leica Z2X 2002 2,000

Total assigned serial numbers 1997-2002 137,294

Serial Numbers I have had with Data Backs: 2404768; 2400021; 2520675; 2524818; 2401251. None of these serial number fall within the serial number range given as having Data Backs. Therefore, the above serial number list is incorrect when determining Z2X DB serial numbers.

Also the serial number (2506685) of Z2X shows that it is in the DB (Data Back) serial number range when it is not a DB.

Also this serial number (2516773) on a Z2X Jaguar is not a Data Back even though it is in the DB serial range. The serial number (2506062) of another Z2X I have shows that it is in the DB (Data Back) serial number range when it is not a DB.

Please view my eBay store for other great Heuer chronographs, TAG-Heuer chronographs, sterling silver western belt buckle sets and rare and unique collector items. Thank you.

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