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Fantastically made with precision by Leitz and looking great, the Leicina Special - in German Spezial - was (still is!) a master work of stylish, and unequivocal electromechanical design and construction. No wonder the camera was intended as the pinnacle of super 8 cameras. Aimed at serious amateurs, professional cinematographers, and scientists, this one is built like a tank, and still very popular today. The large, sturdy Leica M mount enables the use of M42 screw-mount lenses, Arriflex lenses, Leica M rangefinder lenses,Leica screw mount (with adapters), Leicaflex SLR lenses, and Minolta- and Canon-mount lenses (but no C-mount lenses). Leitz also made a rare high speed variant, Leicina Special High Speed (90-130fps).

Some film makers prefer this camera over the Canon 1014XL-S or Beaulieu 4008.

Leicina Special


LensInterchangeable lenses, M-mount type
Basic Schneider Optivaron f1,8 6-66 mmZooming ratio: 11x
Focus: Manual
Macro focusing: Auto and manual zooming
Filter size: 62 mm
Exposure:Auto and manual
Rangefindersplit image
ViewfinderSingle-lens reflex, adjustable eyepiece
exposureAuto and manual exposure, TTL Electric Eye
Exposure compensation+/- correction for auto
Film speedManual setting between 10 and 1000 ASA
CCA filterBuilt-in 85A filter with switch
Filming speed9, 18, 25, 54 fps, single frame
Shutter opening angle<180 degrees
Lap dissolveyes
Time exposureyes
Remote control socketyes
Cable release socketyes
frame counteryes
Film drive motorDC micromotor
Power source5 x AA batteries
Weight960 g (body only)


Looking for the manual for more features? Download here a copy of the Leicina users guide (PDF, 9.5 mb).


Updated: 11 November 2021

Leicina Special value and price guide

What's your Leicina Special worth, or what would you expect to pay? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Camera Title Date Sold for
n w case leica leitz leicina special movie camera N W Case Leica Leitz Leicina Special Movie Camera... 09/2021 $1 989.99
leicina special camera serviced 082638 2439 Leicina Special Camera Serviced 082638 2439... 08/2021 $999.00
pro modified leicina special leitz leica super 8mm Pro Modified Leicina Special Leitz Leica Super 8mm... 10/2021 $1 000.00
leicina special macro cinegon leitz 22221 vf Leicina Special Macro Cinegon Leitz 22221 Vf... 09/2021 $703.90
junk for parts leica leitz leicina special movie Junk For Parts Leica Leitz Leicina Special Movie... 09/2021 $399.99
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Tim - March 1, 2021
Hello I have a Leicina Special. I have a shoot tomorrow morning and have some Kodak 7219 stock, the 500 ASA Tungsten film. I am shooting an exterior in daylight. Do I switch the camera to Sunlight mode, and rate the care at 320 ASA in daylight? Confused with the inbuilt filter.. Thanks Tim
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JohnTim - March 5, 2021
Sorry, I don't check this forum every day ;-) For these questions you could maybe ask in one of the numerous super 8mm Facebook groups for faster response, like this Super 8mm group.