Suspicious leica M2?
Old 06-15-2017   #1
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Suspicious leica M2?

Hello, is this an original M2? If so, please let me know what was it's version?
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Old 06-15-2017   #2
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Weird serial #

Looks like an M2.

The question is who customized it?
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Old 06-15-2017   #4
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It looks like an original M2, but made on special order. I presume it was made in the same time as the M4, so about 1967 - 1971, because of the chrome screws in the accessory-shoe and the speed knob.

Why this strange number and the red "A" I don't know, but these must have (had) a special meaning.

To my eyes, it is not a chrome M2 painted black by a third party.

Very interesting camera. Do you have more pics of it?

Reading the old thread it seems that I have said that "A" means "Atrappe" (dummy).

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Yeah, I always thought the bodies with an "A" at the end of the serial were Atrappe cameras.

Can you hold this camera in your hands? You'll know right away The Atrappe cameras have almost no guts in them and will be very lightweight. Of course, I should temper that statement because I've never personally held one. Only looked at pictures of em.
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Old 06-16-2017   #6
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Hi, the serial number is to early this is an antrappe model not working for display. Just had a look on Red Dot Cameras web site in UK and they have some antrappes for sale and shows the letter A after the serial number, guess you won't be taking many photos with this.
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I think the A stands for Admiral Akbar.

It's Atrappe!
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Is the A red?

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I've seen (or suspect) so many black paint fakes on ebay, so many Ms with falsified documents, that the only black paint Leica I would ever buy is a Leicaflex SL. They sell too cheaply to counterfeit.

Seriously, there's a guy on ebay selling M stuff, lots of it with warranty papers, but all the papers have the same blemish. Buyer beware.
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Old 06-18-2017   #10
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Originally Posted by Chris101 View Post
I think the A stands for Admiral Akbar.

It's Atrappe!

This has me groaning from ear to ear this morning, thanks!


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