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narsuitus
03-24-2017, 04:52
What can you tell me about the rangefinder camera used in the new King Kong movie? It looks like a Leica with a normal lens and a bunch of attachments.

Fjäll
03-24-2017, 05:49
It's a Leica M3 with a Leica Meter MC on top and a Summaron 35mm f/3.5 with goggles mounted.

http://www.djcphoto.com/blog/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/summaron_meter.jpg

jamin-b
03-24-2017, 06:15
It's a Leica M3 with a Leica Meter MC on top and a Summaron 35mm f/3.5 with goggles mounted.
Whew, for a second I thought the big ape stole my set up! Mine's the Summaron 2.8... ;)

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SolaresLarrave
03-24-2017, 06:51
These cameras get some exposure here and then... I wonder if it's good or just a sign of the times or a decision of the art director.

narsuitus
03-24-2017, 17:31
Thanks for the information.

Why would a photographer prefer a 35mm on an M3 with goggles instead of a 35mm on an M2 or an M4 without goggles?

A Google search turned up one description of the Kong Leica as a U.S. military version called a KE-7A. However, since this military version is an M4 and the M4 has 35mm frame lines, goggles would be unnecessary.

Hatchetman
03-24-2017, 17:47
Maybe you own multiple lenses?

narsuitus
03-24-2017, 18:42
In the movie, I only saw the photographer use the 35mm lens.

Chubberino
03-24-2017, 19:07
Probably because it's a movie and it's a key prop that they wanted to convey a certain look so they opted for that. Really simple actually.

jaapv
03-25-2017, 01:14
Thanks for the information.

Why would a photographer prefer a 35mm on an M3 with goggles instead of a 35mm on an M2 or an M4 without goggles?

A Google search turned up one description of the Kong Leica as a U.S. military version called a KE-7A. However, since this military version is an M4 and the M4 has 35mm frame lines, goggles would be unnecessary.

The KE-7A is completely different from this one. This camera is an early M3, built between 1956 and 1957. (Triangular strap lugs, long rewind lever, frameline lever)

Doug
03-25-2017, 01:22
Thanks for the information.

Why would a photographer prefer a 35mm on an M3 with goggles instead of a 35mm on an M2 or an M4 without goggles?

A Google search turned up one description of the Kong Leica as a U.S. military version called a KE-7A. However, since this military version is an M4 and the M4 has 35mm frame lines, goggles would be unnecessary.
I expect for the purpose of a movie prop, the gnarly sorta-steam-punk look has its charm.
And, actually, there *is* good reason for an M2/M4 to wear the Summaron with goggles, as this magnifies the 50mm framelines and you can truly see around the outside of the frame. So cool. :D