Leica III Black Paint - Legit?
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Leica III Black Paint - Legit?

Is this Leica III black paint legitimate?

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Looks like a legit I-to-III conversion.
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My 1933 III looks very similar, right down to the smudged lettering.
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What makes you think it wouldn't be a real Leica? It's not that there is a similar Russian or Japanese model
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Looks legit to me...

A good clue for pre-war black-paint Leicas is to look at the areas around the lettering on top: genuine black Leicas usually have paint loss around the lettering, as with this example. This is a characteristic common with lettering filled with "Wistmuth" (Wood's metal), the silvery alloy that Leica used to fill the lettering on their black cameras prior to WW II.

If the paint is intact right up to each character of the lettering, the lettering should be flush with the surrounding painted surface, or even slightly proud, and a gentle buffing with a soft flannel cloth should raise a silvery shine on the filled lettering.

Copies have the lettering filled with white paint, if anything.
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Originally Posted by johannielscom View Post
What makes you think it wouldn't be a real Leica? It's not that there is a similar Russian or Japanese model
1. I'm not that familiar with Barnacks.
2. Fakes are a part of the world we live in, regrettably.
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I would not mind a Japanese copy of the Leica III if it was ever made in factory finish black paint. Imagine a Nicca 3 in factory finish black paint?


It would be as rare as rocking horse manure.
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Are you asking if it a legit Leica or legit black paint model?
The rangefinder cam and the viewfinder piece look like original Leica but i cannot comment if it is an original black paint model.
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It's an original Leica to start with, there were no Russian cameras that closely resembled a Leica with a slow speed dial at the front. Japanese cameras don't get faked into Leicas, they have a value of themselves already.

Second, the slow speed dial and other characteristics are typical Leica.

Finally, it's really no use economically speaking to forge a black paint Barnack, they aren't that more expensive than a chrome one would be, if at all.


http://www.johanniels.com/camera-gea...a-true-or-fake tells you more. I intend to extend that article soon.

Or, download a Leica Historical Poster and zoom in, you can make out the looks of the real stuff pretty good.
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