So I just got a new beautiful toy from a garage sale:
According to the Serial Nr. 128930 it is a Leica III from 1934. It is a nickle version and coming with an nickle Elmar without S/N.
But throughout its life the camera got some upgrades:
- upgraded shutter speed to 1/1000th (IIIa), unfortunately coming with a chrome shutter speed dial
- upgraded flash synchronization. Interestingly the synch-numbers are directly on the rangefinder housing, and not on a separate plate as it was done with chrome upgrades. So maybe also the rangefinder housing has been replaced with that upgrade?
Basic operation is fine, and all works, but when the camera was disassembled I noticed that the first shutter curtain is showing quite a few holes. I don't feel comfortable replacing them myself yet, so it will go to Will van Manen....
The Elmar is surprisingly clean and shows only a very tiny amount of haze, but it feels as if the felt that puts friction on the lens barrel is missing....So I think also that one will go for a CLA
But all in all I am quite happy, especially as the black ones are not so super-common