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Old 11-24-2018   #521
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This is it, didn't take long to find but it doesn't mention the camera in question...

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Hello Michael (Dralowid)

Sorry about the delay, still not feeling A1, but tried to put some photos of my camera on the thread. I will try to put some more when I can, perhaps in a week's time, when I hope I will be feeling better.
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Last one,Michael.
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Old 11-29-2018   #527
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Thanks for the pictures which go to show that they do exist. An interesting and very nice camera!
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Old 11-30-2018   #528
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That things amazing!
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Old 12-01-2018   #529
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So all you need to find now is a black Leitz SBOOI finder that can fit directly over the lens. I think Erik has such a thing but have never come across one myself.
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Old 12-01-2018   #530
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The SBOOI in black is one of the rarest Leica accessories, the only one I've ever seen in the flesh is mine.



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I have never seen an original, but have had Alan Starkie paint 3 of them. SBOOI are fabulous and even better in black.
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I have never seen an original, but have had Alan Starkie paint 3 of them. SBOOI are fabulous and even better in black.
Thank you for that information.
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Thank you for that information.He lives not far from me in Bury.I'll make some inquires.I know his work is highly regarded.
Here is the IIIf he painted along with the SBOOI and Canon lens, prior to adding new vulcanite.

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Here is the IIIf he painted along with the SBOOI and Canon lens, prior to adding new vulcanite.

That looks superb even without it's vulcanite covering.Many thanks.
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Old 04-05-2019   #535
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Couldn't resist and added second converted black Barnack to the small stable.
Correct naming is II to II syn I believe

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Old 04-12-2019   #536
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Yup, II syn.

Very nice indeed!
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Can one of the experts check me on this one. Don't have it in hand yet.

1932 ii that was converted to a iiia.
Based on the L shaped diopter adjustment I think that means it is a pre-war conversion?
I keep flip flopping on if it is nickel or chrome. I think, or at least hope, that it is nickel. The lugs are definitely chrome. From what I read I think nickel would have been original in 1932 but everything could have been changed when converted.

The Elmar front looks nickel but the barrel seems more chrome. Don't think it has a serial number on it. Already ordered a shutter guard for it.

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Couple of more shots...
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Old 04-20-2019   #539
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Shawn,

Pre war conversion II to III (IIIa has 1/1000).

Wait till you have it in your hand re nickel/chrome question. Lugs would most likely have come with the conversion to III which has lugs as standard.

Nice camera!
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Thanks for the correction. Missed the iii vs iiia, didn’t even realize that was a thing. Can’t wait to put some film through it. Supposed to be serviced and ready to go.

Fingers crossed for nickel.....

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I thought first that the key in the bottomplate was chrome, but now I see it is nickel. Thus all nickel. A beauty! The engraving is perfect! Congratulations.


Early conversion, around 1936, because D.R.P. is between Leica and Ernst Leitz. On earlier cameras D.R.P. is under Wetzlar.



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I thought first that the key in the bottomplate was chrome, but now I see it is nickel. Thus all nickel. A beauty! The engraving is perfect! Congratulations.


Early conversion, around 1936, because D.R.P. is between Leica and Ernst Leitz. On earlier cameras D.R.P. is under Wetzlar.



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Thanks. I saw the difference in the location of the D.R.P. but didn't know how that fit into the time frame. Interesting that it was converted after only a couple of years.

I'll take better shots after I get it.

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Old 04-25-2019   #543
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It is nickel! In great shape, shutters look excellent, fires fine, viewfinder and rangefinder are good and the glass on the Elmar looks excellent.







Wearing a black paint Konica and a nickel/black vidom.

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Yes, a beauty.
Strange fact is that the strap lugs are chrome.


The brownish vulcanite is normal for the III. When you keep the camera in the dark for some time, the vulcanite gets darker.


The Elmar looks nice too. The "blooming" on the lens (the "oil on water" shine) is a good sign. This is a kind of natural coating.

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Thanks for the tip on the vulcanite.

I'm trying to date the lens. No serial number (confirmed with a microscope) which I saw means pre-1933. Based on the flange width and the 0 near the infinity lock on the front it is a standardized lens which means is is 1931 or later. I also read that the change from 11 o'clock to 7 o'clock for the infinity lock happened in 1932. If all that is accurate the lens should be a 1932 model which matches the camera.

There is also a small 1 under the infinity lock. I think that had something to do with actual focal length?

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A bit of an odd one. The serial number puts it in the first batch of chrome IIIs in 1933. When it was converted to a IIIasyn it ended up with a mixture of nickel and chrome. The advance, rewind, low speed and bottom plate latch are nickel. The high speed shutter dial, shutter release, rewind latch and strap lugs are chrome. A little hard to tell but I think the stud for the bottom plate is nickel and the one on the other side (???) is chrome.

Will need to find a suitable lens for it.

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That ones clean! I have a similar IIIaSync post war conversion from an early Standard. Only knob that was replaced was the shutter speed, obviously chrome, they left the rest original nickel. Just realized I have never posted a pic of mine! Will have to share later...
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Interesting, I wonder if the shutter mechanism was swapped out on mine? The release button and collar and rewind latch are not nickel.

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Thanks for the tip on the vulcanite.

I'm trying to date the lens. No serial number (confirmed with a microscope) which I saw means pre-1933. Based on the flange width and the 0 near the infinity lock on the front it is a standardized lens which means is is 1931 or later. I also read that the change from 11 o'clock to 7 o'clock for the infinity lock happened in 1932. If all that is accurate the lens should be a 1932 model which matches the camera.

There is also a small 1 under the infinity lock. I think that had something to do with actual focal length?

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Shawn,

For what it's worth, I have a 1932 Leica II, with a 5 cm nickel Elmar, 11 o'clock Infinity lock, serial # 99xxx (stamped in bezel around front element).

I've tried this lens on both my 1933 III Barnacks, and the 11 o'clock Infinity lock lever fouls on the slow-speeds knob before reaching its lock.

(I guess that's why they revised the lock position... )

Beautiful camera you have there !

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Interesting parts...you could make your own conversion!

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Leica-ran...UAAOSwENVdo2pC
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