Who has the oldest Leica on the forum?
Old 10-06-2013   #1
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Who has the oldest Leica on the forum?

Hello! I just wondering who has the oldest Leica here on the forum?

My Leica II (1929) conversion has serial No: 18254


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Old 10-06-2013   #2
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Already trumped!

1932 IId 75200 (making it the 4,000th II made by my count) black paint and nickel with the early 11:00 Elmar in nickel.
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Ha, I'm out straight away. Yet I can can compete in a similar fashion.

Mine is a 1932 Leica II, nr. 71917. Leica IIs started at 71200. Anybody got an older Leica II?
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Old 10-06-2013   #4
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I also have a 1929 model I converted to a model II but serial number is 19635 so yours was earlier in the batch.
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Old 10-06-2013   #5
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Younger, but still nice. Probably better than my knees. ;-) I may have a Standard conversion that might be older?

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Nr. 19471 - 1929 I converted to IIIa-syn in the mid fifties. Not the oldest here, but I bet one of the prettiest. I'm shooting a roll in it now...

Here she is with her (much) younger twin sister:


Actually, I feel it's cheating a bit. The entire outside of the camera was upgraded, including body shell, vulcanite, and knobs. Only the inside is mostly original. It's weird that it still bears the original nr.

Oh, but the lens is unnumbered and nickel, probably the original 1929 Elmar, remounted later to make it LTM and now also coated, which I guess was done when the IIIa-syn upgrade was performed.
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71470 with Hektor 50mm f2.5

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Ha, I'm out straight away. Yet I can can compete in a similar fashion.

Mine is a 1932 Leica II, nr. 71917. Leica IIs started at 71200. Anybody got an older Leica II?
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Old 10-06-2013   #8
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71470 with Hektor 50mm f2.5
You could have had the second oldest one here also..
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Old 10-06-2013   #9
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I am just shooting my '33 III.
what a pleasure... an 80 years old camera.
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You mean my M5 isn't the oldest? It's certainly the oldest I've seen in person!

Leicas never cease to amaze me with how precisely machined they were for the 20s. Beautiful machines.
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one of the members who I will not identify
(unfortunately not myself)
has one of the original 1913 Null Series Leicas.

as you can imagine,
its practically priceless.

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one of the members who I will not identify
(unfortunately not myself)
has one of the original 1913 Null Series Leicas.

as you can imagine,
its practically priceless.

Stephen
Oh wow, a 2.3 million dollar worth camera owner is amongst us....

There were only 23 or so cameras in that series. You know what number he/she has...?

BTW, I guess that should be 1923...
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So, who is this member...

Any pictures of a null-series Leica from 1923 to show us poor RFF members?


Huub, that camera is SO NICE! And I still love the serial number if I had been born on the day I was supposed to, that would have been my birthdate! The nickel Elmar on your camera is a later date. The original lens would have been an 11 o'clock lens without an infinity stop, with a slightly smaller lens flange than the screw mount on the camera. Like this:





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71470 with Hektor 50mm f2.5

Martin,

nice one! A nickel Hektor 2.5/50mm I hope? Can we see a shot?
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My oldest Leica.

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It is not completely honest to let the conversions join the competition.

I am surprised that so far no one mentioned a Leica I.

Mine is 58734, a very late Leica I.

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Old 10-06-2013   #16
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I've got a Leica 1 #17940 from 1929. Still works well altho it does not focus where the distance scale says. Still, it can make lovely photos and I'll shoot several rolls a year with it. Joe
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It is not completely honest to let the conversions join the competition.

I am surprised that so far no one mentioned a Leica I.

Mine is 58734, a very late Leica I.

Erik.


You might have a point, Erik! However, it's still an offical Leica! I would love to see a member here with the 1923 model!
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I've got a Leica 1 #17940 from 1929. Still works well altho it does not focus where the distance scale says. Still, it can make lovely photos and I'll shoot several rolls a year with it. Joe
Not bad! Just a few numbers older then my No. 18254
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Old 10-06-2013   #19
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Leica 1A 14938
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2185985...57603455154736

ps. I know that there is/was a book about the 10 different Leica 1A versions-does anybody know a website about these differences?
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I have a Leica II from the first batch in 1932 serial number 79675 with a nickel Summar
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The oldest one that I still have and use occasionally.


IMG_1235 by dralowid, on Flickr

(Yes I know the shutter release has been modernised and one of the knobs is wrong but the baseplate catch is still black/nickel!)

I had a converted Anastigmat lens once (see avatar), but never the camera too...this and some pre 10,000 cameras long since sold to fund life in general.
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Old 10-06-2013   #22
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The first I ever used (though it belonged to a now-ex girlfriend) was 23010.But what of it? A friend had 139 (a really nasty synched RF conversion). A better question might be, "Who has the oldest unmodified Leica on the forum?"

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The first I ever used (though it belonged to a now-ex girlfriend) was 23010.But what of it? A friend had 139 (a really nasty synched RF conversion). A better question might be, "Who has the oldest unmodified Leica on the forum?"

Cheers,

R.
well that Null series that I referred to was modified
to a black paint IIIf RD .....

just kidding.

unmodified of course.

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well that Null series that I referred to was modified
to a black paint IIIf RD .....

just kidding.

unmodified of course.

Stephen
Dear Stephen,

Fair enough!

Cheers,

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I have a Standard Leica. I will check out its number.


160933










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"Who has the oldest unmodified Leica on the forum?"
I've asked that question too. Conversions are no real competition.

My Leica I 58734 is untouched. Reines Blut.

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Reines Blut ... ? The ultimate race?
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We are talking about a difficult period in the German history here.

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We are talking about cameras, Erik.
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We are talking about cameras, Erik.
We do, but ... what a history.

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My Leica has the 50mm finder replaced with a second accessory holder.
With number 160933, it is a 1935 model. Right?

160701-161150 Leica I 1935 450
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1935 IID. It was my wife's late fathers's, purchased while he was in college. Came to me with her, quite a great combination and lucky for me on both counts.
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1939 for me. Gift from a college professor.

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Are we down to four digit serial numbers yet?



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Gotta find me a case like yours someday, David.

My little Leica II would be happy with that.

Great camera, small number!
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Not mine, but there's a Leica 1a up for sale on my local classifieds website ostensibly with the serial number 6962. No images of the serial number, though.



I love the typeface of the lens engraving, especially the "a" in "Elmar:"



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one of the members who I will not identify
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has one of the original 1913 Null Series Leicas.

as you can imagine,
its practically priceless.

Stephen
I'm curious, are there any Nullserie cameras whose whereabouts are unknown, or are they all accounted for?
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David, that's a beautiful camera that survived the years wonderfully well.

My Leica I upgrade to model E #22899 and full blood A #42748 (both 1930) are far past 4-digit.
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It's certainly not the oldest Leica around, but is a very early Leica II from the first production run in 1932.



Serial number 81307, comes with an 11:00 nickel Elmar with no serial number. The camera is in great shape, and works perfectly.

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David, that's a beautiful camera that survived the years wonderfully well.

My Leica I upgrade to model E #22899 and full blood A #42748 (both 1930) are far past 4-digit.
Thanks; the serial number from memory is 2,4XX which probably makes it 1926. It's my one and only luxury. All the others are users.

I still use it from time to time but the lens is getting a little stiff when I focus. And quality is still more than acceptable, I just wish the case took the lens hood as well.

johannielscom; I'll wish you luck looking for a case, well worth the effort.

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