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Old 02-19-2006   #1
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Show off your Leica I/II/III/LTM Camera

What better way to kick off this forum but a camera-porn thread showcasing our Leica/LTM cameras


My Leica III (F) w/ Elmar 50/3.5

Let's show us what you got.
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Old 02-19-2006   #2
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Rich,

Thanks for getting this forum started. Though you have seen this camera, I will post it once more.

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Old 02-19-2006   #3
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I'll try to display mine later today. It's almost 2 AM (0200 for our European friends) and I need to get to bed!

OK...... a couple of teasers if I must. Here's my IIIc with Imarect finder. This camera is so smoooooth it's scary! Advancing the film is completely effortless. Also my III with 90mm Elmar & Imarect finder.

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Old 02-19-2006   #4
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Wow Gordon, you have a long-time family piece there! Impressive!

I will show mine a little later. Got to get to work now.

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Gordon, having a family heirloom like your grandfather's IIIc is special. I hope your children learn to appreciate it as much as you do. Your grandfather undoubtedly purchased it new as the serial number places it as 1949 production which ran from 465001~480000. A further block of IIIc cameras were made in 1949/1950 and ran from 480001~495000.

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Old 02-19-2006   #6
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Walker, nice!
I like the Imarect finder....

Here's my III with an Elmar 90/4 by the way:
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Sure, I ask and nothing happens, but Richie asks......

Mom, it isn't fair.......

Good job,

Everyone look at my signature. I already have a 50 Elmar, just need a body to use as a rear cap.
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Dave's (dcsang) IIIc with Canon 50/1.8 at the last RFF meet, Toronto



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Ooooo

Thanks for posting that Gene

I STILL have that darn film in there - got to finish off that roll !!

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FilmDino, do you use that Summitar without a hood? Any problems with flare? Any examples to show?
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FilmDino, do you use that Summitar without a hood? Any problems with flare? Any examples to show?
I always use a hood- the old barn door type which usually draws comments (what is that....) but is very effective- sorry no examples! Nice bokeh from the Summitar though.

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My IIIa with Summitar. It's got a series filter holder on it that jsut slips over the lens, acting as a small hood. Not sure if this is sufficient yet. I need a shutter button collar. Anyone have a spare?

The IIIa is best with a 50 f3.5 Elmar. Other lenses bring the camera over a critical threshold for me for weight and compactness.
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I will soon post something here; I love these Leitz cameras from older times. They look so elegant and "respectful". Great photos so far. Let's see more.
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Here's my IIIc with it new covering. Someone wrote that their's was smooth it scary, well mine is too. So much so, I doubt that it is advancing the film. Quite a camera! With a Industar 50!
Looks great! Is the new covering from cameraleather.com, and if so, how was the replacement process? Did you do it yourself?
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I'm prettier

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Thanks to Rich and Jorge for an LTM forum! After seeing all those beautiful Barnacks, I could not help myself from uploading my two Leica IIs - a user and keeper.

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John, pretty! To quote the lyrics of a song, or was it an advertisement slogan: You've come a long way, baby.
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Gene -- My IIIc and my grandfather's are one and the same. He gave it to me sometime in the early 1970s. I remember having shutter problems with it and getting it repaired in 1976. The repair didn't last long and I put it on a shelf until almost three years ago when a friend pulled my Leica down from its display perch. I was embarrased because of the layer of dust on it. Even more embarrassed when I discovered he was the owner of a Leica M6. He encouraged me to use it. I explained the shutter problem that had prompted me to put it on the shelf 27 years before and he said he could recomend some Leica repair people. That prompted me to clean the little Leica up the next day and run a couple of test rolls though it. What a joy to use! The controls are a little archaic (winder knob) but it felt like no other camera I've used. Nothing automatic on this sucker. I had been shooting a digital camera for 5 years and was tired of the "automatic" features that get in the way. Unfortunately the test rolls showed the shutter problems were still there and that there were now pinholes in the shutter curtains. It was another year and a half before I discovered the FSU cameras and bought a Zorki 6 and a FED 2 and then discovered RFF. Then a while back Richard Black mentioned that Oleg did a CLA on his Leica and that was something I could afford so it was Oleg that finally brought it back to life. It was a long time on the shelf but now it lives in my coat pocket and goes with my everywhere.
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OK, now I am getting itchy again.

By shopping around I have concluded that the prices of post war IIIc and BD IIIf cameras are about the same. Now, the IIIc has issues with chrome loss and the IIIf has shutter issues?

Well, I am still convinced I need one. Any sellers out there? Bright viewfinder, contrasty RF patch, good shutter, doesn't have to be a beauty queen......
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Peter is quite amazing. He resilvered the mirror, and gave the whole thing a complete overhaul. It really is like getting a new camera. And I especially like the paint scheme where he keeps the knobs in chrome. He calls it 'chrome jewelry'. Check out some of his other work:

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Clay, that is one of the prettiest IIIf Leicas that anyone could possibly imagine! I really like the look in black.

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I may be mistaken, but I seem to find that these old cameras need less servicing than their M brethren. How many of you "barnack freaks" have found a need to have your camera serviced?
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