Old 12-27-2016   #1681
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Tell me you only took the LTM to California!

I carry my entire IIIc kit, camera w/ Elmar, light meter, filters, several films, notebook & clean shop towel in a binocular case w/ shoulder strap.
unfortunately not haha. That trip I took my M3 with a 50DR and V1 28 Elmarit, Rollei and a Yashica T4. Still a small kit but exactly what I needed. From now on though the IIIg will have a place in my bag. I'm lucky to have exactly what I want and don't have anything that doesn't get used regularly.
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Old 01-06-2017   #1682
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Just picked this up earlier today. I'm confused about the lens. The serial number shows it to be a 1939 vintage but its coated, has modern f stops and has the distance scale in feet rather than meters. And I count 9 aperture blades! Any ideas?

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My two first-batch five-digit black-paint Leica II cameras

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Old 01-09-2017   #1684
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My Leica IIIf with Voigtlander VC II meter, Voigtlander Double-Shoe Adapter, and (rare) Voigtlander Millennium Falcon.
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Old 01-10-2017   #1686
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Very nice!
Is there a place that you show most of your collection, I like your taste.

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Just picked this up earlier today. I'm confused about the lens. The serial number shows it to be a 1939 vintage but its coated, has modern f stops and has the distance scale in feet rather than meters. And I count 9 aperture blades! Any ideas?

I would have to guess possibly someone had a custom job done on that lens. Leitz did so much upgrading over that period of time I guess it is also entirely possible someone could have returned the lens in the 50's and had the coating installed and the aperture ring updated. The distance indicator could have always been feet.
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Like Rik (Mr Flibble) and johannielscom, I love Leica II's in particular the early Black & Nickel cameras from the first batch known as the "Lavatory Seat" models,called this name, because of the sunken large speed dials.They also have a yellow "Orako" type filter fitted in the rangefinder window to give some contrast to the rangefinder to aid focusing.I keep my Leica II fitted with a 5cm f2.5 Nickel Hektor scaled in Feet.
Early Leica Nickel lenses scaled in Feet are fairly rare, as most of the early nickel lenses, seem to have mainly been scaled in Metres.
It took me quite some time to find a nice Nickel 5cm f2.5 Hektor scaled in Feet.
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This is a nice early (1930's) morocco leather Leitz case with zipper fastening to take a Leica II with collapsed lens.It is stamped "LEICA" in the leather and the Leitz code word for it is "ERDOO" . It is in perfect condition,takes the Leica II and lens perfectly.
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Very nice!
Is there a place that you show most of your collection, I like your taste.
These days I share photos of my cameras in the Vintage Camera Collectors group on Facebook.
My old website has a few old shots, but I hardly bother to keep it updated.

I don't aim to particularly to collect Leica II cameras. I do tend to find I buy them if the price is right

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Old 01-13-2017   #1691
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This is a nice early (1930's) morocco leather Leitz case with zipper fastening to take a Leica II with collapsed lens.It is stamped "LEICA" in the leather and the Leitz code word for it is "ERDOO" . It is in perfect condition,takes the Leica II and lens perfectly and only cost me £20.
Very nice case, PAN F! I'd like to find one of those someday too, especially for a price like that!
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Very nice arrangement of some awesome vintage gear. Congrats Mr. Fibble, thanks for posting this.

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Beautiful Rick, who did the painting?
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Alan Starkie of Starkie Cameraworks. Costs a pretty penny, but he does great work.

It's originally a red curtain stepper IIIc from 1940, converted to a IIIc-sync in the 1950s.
Friend of mine bought it a few years back and disassembled it to replace the curtains, but got stuck at some point. I traded the bits with him for a IIf I had restored.
Initially I had planned to rebuild it myself, but thought better of it and contacted Alan. He painted it luftwaffe grey, installed new red curtain material and reassembled the camera in record time.

I would've kept the chrome finish if the flash-sync upgrade hadn't been done.


Others have asked me about the pack of 20 unfiltered Lucky's and if I had more.....unfortunately it's just a movie prop from the movie 'Black Book'
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IF BD has been my favorite Barnack. Just received the Super-Angulon 21/4, which will be shared between IF and the M bodies. I have a feeling that it's more like SA and CV 28/3.5 fighting for their spot on IF, ignoring the Ms though.



(still waiting for 21/25mm VF coming tomorrow. 28mm one shown in picture just for the looks. )
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What a nice rig! Love the dual distance scale on the lens.
That's a birth-year camera for me, hard to believe Leica was still making the I's that late date.
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(still waiting for 21/25mm VF coming tomorrow. 28mm one shown in picture just for the looks. )
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Looks like a classy old guy dressed in a tuxedo.

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My If with Color-Skopar 28/3.5. If is my designated motorcycle ride companion. You don't have to worry about RF getting messed up by bumps and vibrations.


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What a nice rig! Love the dual distance scale on the lens.
That's a birth-year camera for me, hard to believe Leica was still making the I's that late date.
Have you ever shot flash?
I'd love to try a flash for a party or something. I'm sure it's extra useful for If as it doesn't have slow speeds below 1/30. One of those days...
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Old 01-31-2017   #1704
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Only one Barnack in my collection but, if it's the best, one is enough. Leica IIIb (1939) with SCNOO rapid winder, and surrounded by interlopers.

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A '39 Summitar 50/2 to go with my '37 IIIa.

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Picked up a super clean, CLA'd (with new beam splitter) IIIf RD ST from an RFF member (thanks Doru). I already have an If, but For $200, I just could not resist it. If is off to Don for a new project so this IIIf will give me the Barnack Fix I need often. Also re-entering the Summar that I also got for a bargain price. Probably the cleanest optics I've ever seen for this lens. Let's see how this goes.

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My Leica I C, 1931, from a great city of photography, Prague.

The camera works perfectly and i can't imagine the number of photos she has to take (given the condition of the painting!)
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That sure is one clean Summar. Is that a coated one?
I'm quite sure this is uncoated tho it does have a slight blue/green tint (kinda enhanced in that photo). CLA'ed and pretty smooth everything.
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Canon 25mm on Leica iiif

I am a big fan of low contrast and wide angles. Here is my new-to-me late 60s Canon 25mm with matching viewfinder on a Leica IIIf


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That VF is so cool. Very future-retro.
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[IMG]Leica iiif by Nicholas Cafritz, on Flickr[/IMG]

Sadly the ole girl needs a shutter service and is sitting on the shelf for the time being... still looks great tho!
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My IIIa with an uncoated Elmar, it gives me truly beautiful pictures. Love it! Film used for this photo is the Maco TCS Eagle 640 @ISO400 BTW
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A brand new pretty old yellow filter arrived in the post. Now all I need is a proper half-case and she'll be complete.

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Ugh, I want a Ic!

Maybe I'll sell my orange IIc and paint a 1c orange next
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Ugh, I want a Ic!

Maybe I'll sell my orange IIc and paint a 1c orange next
I used to think I wanted a I, until I used a Bessa L and realised I really, really like to know how far away my subject is. It's a pain when using a low light/wide aperture combo, even on really wide lenses.
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I don't use my If for everything, but it's an awesome companion when I ride motorcycle. No RF to get misaligned by vibration and bumps, and for sunny day out with 21 or 28mm, I basically have the whole world within DOF.
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Got this great, minty SBOOI yesterday. Here it is being modeled by the Leica team.



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