Leica II Model D, SN- 81862, Circa 1932
The Leica II is a rangefinder camera introduced by Leica in 1932. They were the first Leica cameras with a built-in rangefinder. Several models were produced over the years, in parallel with the Leica III series.The Leica II uses a coupled rangefinder distinct from the viewfinder. The viewfinder is set for a 50 mm lens; use of shorter or longer lenses requires installing an alternate viewfinder on the accessory socket.
Ken Rockwell Review: This LEICA ELMAR 50mm f/3.5 is the lens that started 35mm photography. Even uncoated, it gives sharp, colorful, contrasty images. Shooting this early 1930's lens makes me wonder why so many people worry so much about their lenses. It works fine today.
Our example is in great shape, about EX+++ condition and all functions working well. All of these old beauties with their nickel fittings can do with a CLA, and this one is no exception, but it has no problems that a good cleaning will not help out. (the slow shutter speeds & glass cleaning) I have added a beautiful Leica case for it that is included as well, and as in the photos have also added a FISON Lens Hood (EX+) for protection (no cap).
$845 for the set
Leica Model Ia SN 24708 Body, black paint, without lens
1925-1930. The first commercial Leica. First 35mm mass-produced camera.
A piece of history, this is the original 35mm camera model from Leica. This camera does not have its original lens with it anymore, and I will be looking for one in the future, but perhaps you have one for it? The lens ring on the camera is the female part of the original lens, but the rest is missing. Also note that the "hockey stick" has been modified from its original full size, and the "Buddha" style lugs seem to have been added as well, probably a factory modification in the 50's is my guess.
Our is the 5 digit serial, which makes it more affordable than the 3 or even 4 digit examples, which can be very expensive. Condition is about EX++ and the shutter is firing well although sluggish at the lower end. The finder is clear and the camera seems to be functioning as intended. It will be sent for a CLA someday as time permits.
$575 as is.
Leitz Leica, Leica III (Model F) SN 163644 with Elmar 3.5 f50mm SN 200237 on camera, and additional lenses including an Elmar 3.5 f3.5cm SN 252964 and Elmar f4 9cm SN 260954, plus many extras. Mfg: 1935
A recent acquisition, this is an original complete set from an estate where it had obviously been stored and cared for very well. As can be seen in the photos, Camera and the two extra lenses are complete with their original red boxes (serial number on camera box matches!) with all of their original front and back lens caps and both with leather cases. In addition are the Leitz Large Universal Viewfinder (VIDOM) in chrome with its Leitz leather case, the very rare Leitz Reflecting Finder (AUFSU) in black, a German made Manual Self Timer “Autotimer”, the VACU flash syncro (although it is missing its 'cam' for the speed dial) and its original Shutter Release Cable. The camera and its 50mm lens are in excellent condition, about EX+++ to MINT-, and the two matched set lenses are MINT/MINT- with very few signs of use. Please see the photos and judge for yourself.
$1,775 for the entire set
Leica IIIa (Model G) SN-251063 Circa 1937 together with its Leitz Xenon (Taylor-Hobson) 5cm f1.5 Lens, SN-288806, Circa 1936
This is a nice old set that includes the rare Xenon Lens that was the precursor to the Leica Summarit. Leitz built them under the Taylor-Hobson patent (US & UK patent numbers engraved on the lens ring) which they soon bought outright. This was their first 'fast" lens, and they are noted for their soft character more than their sharpness. And speaking of 'soft', the coating is also so most have a lot of cleaning marks/scratches, and this one is no exception. (Yes, they did coat some lenses prior to WW2) Also known for flaring so a a hood or hand would help with that.
The camera and lens are about EX+/++ with no major faults, just some signs that they have been well used over the past 80 years. Shutter speeds are a bit slow on the low end, and the lens has numerous cleaning marks and some dust and traces of haze so a professional cleaning is in order. But for their age they are still in great shape. Added a very nice Leica case for it as well. See the brown rubber lens protector also as I do not have the cap.
$925 as shown
Leica Elmar 9cm f4 (SCREW TYPE) - SN 874512
Many of these old lenses are showing their age or have been used so much they get beat up. NOT this one, it is EX+++ to Mint- condition, the glass shows no haze, fungus or scratches, and its working fine mechanically. Was obviously kept in a nice dry box somewhere and hardly used. Includes its original front and rear metal caps. A great collector or user.
Note that this is the older 'A36' type for filters.
Leitz Leica Elmar 5cm f2.8 SN-1625585
This beautiful lens is in Near Mint condition. These lenses take great photographs but are noted by some to be excellent stopped down a bit rather than used wide open. This example is very clean throughout, barrel and glass show very few signs of use. It comes with Leica original caps and I have added a nice Leica UVa filter for protection. A great lightweight lens to use on any of your LTM system cameras.
An Excellent Collector's Edition from 1935:
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Leitz Elmar 50mm f3.5, Nickel, SN-139028 Circa 1930
We had purchased this old beauty thinking it would be a nice fit for our Leica 1a at the top of this page, but as the camera does not take the standard LTM thread I am posting it here in the hope that some Leicaphile will keep using it. As you can see in the photos, it has seen more than a fair share of use, but the glass is in very good shape so it is a long way from being out of service. Note that this is a "standardized" lens, see the 'o' on the rotating barrel near the infinity lock. Also see an actual photo (flowers) taken with this lens. And only a rear cap on this one, no front cap.
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Leica-Leitz Summarit 5cm f1.5 SN-740854 Circa 1949
Similar in most respects to the Xenon model above from where it takes its design concept. Soft and very low contrast wide open, but excellent stopped down a bit. Also known for flaring similar to the Xenon so using a hood or your hand to protect from the sun would help.
Ours is in fine shape, about EX+++ for the barrel, and EX++ for the glass which has a bit of haze, dust, and cleaning marks, but no major scratches or fungus. Comes in its Leica tube, without caps but I have purchased a very nice Leica Yellow Grad filter (EX+++) for it which I will include with the set as protection for the lens. Or if you prefer I also have the similar UVa filter. This lens would make a fine addition to you LTM system camera.
$425 with Tube & Filter
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