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I just received my "brand new" Leica II that dates back to 1932. It is quite something, and I am really excited about starting tu use it. I even managed, after a bit of trial and error to load a blank film!
OTOH, I have not figured out how one removes the lens on that camera. As far as I know, it shoudl unscrew, but I am afraid to force anything and do something stupid. Can anybody help me with this? BTW, the lens is a 50mm Elmar f:3.5.
Thanks in advance,
Paul, as you look at the camera from the front, rotate the lens counter-clockwise. if you apply the infinity lock first, you will find it relatively easy to apply pressure to the lock spur. If you are doing it for the first time, extend the lens first - you will find it easier to remove the lens without the compressed barrel fouling the rangefinder mechanism in the throat of the mount.
It was actually quite easy once you told me what to do.
Now I just have to attempt to load a real film and test the camera (or rather myself).
I have to admit that I was quite surprised by the size of the II. I have an M2 which looks like a monster (I wouldn't go as far as a DSLR though!) next to it.
I have to say that I am still awed by the fact that a 75 year-old camera may still be completely functional, even ifs idiosyncratic on its own (part of its charm, I guess).
Hi Paul, you are very welcome. Just a thought - you are trimming the leader, aren't you? If you are completely new to screwmount Leicas you may not have realised that you need to do so to protect the inner mechanism and prevent the film fouling as you load it.
I have to say that I am still awed by the fact that a 75 year-old camera may still be completely functional, even ifs idiosyncratic on its own
Amazing, isn't it? I have a '36 III that Youxin CLA'd and it blows my mind just how smooth, precise and crisp it is. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come!
It's easier to put the lense on it's closest focusing point when fitting it TO the camera - look at the back and you will see the thread which tends to foul the cam , unless it's fully recessed.
I was bemused by the blaze attitude of my Leica dealer on buying my 1st cla 1st batch '32 / 33 Leica II TO USE - it was '' So what ? BIG deal '' - as if these babies will go on for ever - and you know what ? I think that they will !
have fun .
I have a II from the first batch in 1932, with its original Elmar - probably my favourite walking about camera - so smooth & sweet. It even has a certain something over my IIIc and M3.
Enjoy yours Paul :)
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