Wow! Leaf-shutter Leica
Old 01-05-2017   #1
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Wow! Leaf-shutter Leica

It's here:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Leica-I-Mo...sAAOSwnbZYG601

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Old 01-05-2017   #2
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I wonder who bought this model over the other Leicas available at that same time?

Someone who wanted slow shutter speeds and was a leaf shutter enthusiast perhaps?

Cheaper to buy and ease of flash sync could be the reason too.
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Old 01-09-2017   #3
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I remember reading that this was one camera Benno Thorsch (former part-owner of K.W. and later Studio City Camera Exchange) regretted not buying when he had the chance. When a guy who ran a camera shop for five decades has only seen one example (pre-internet of course) you can rightly say it's a rare camera.
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Old 01-09-2017   #4
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Would have been cool if Leica made that lens in screw mount with a release attachment that would allow high speed sync on a focal plane shutter camera.

The release would open the focal plane shutter at a slow speed, and then fire the lens' shutter. It would totally work and would be super sweet...
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Old 01-09-2017   #5
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There has been one of these cameras for sale here in the RFF classifieds for some time:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/phot...it-rare/cat/10
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Old 01-09-2017   #6
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Would have been cool if Leica made that lens in screw mount with a release attachment that would allow high speed sync on a focal plane shutter camera.

The release would open the focal plane shutter at a slow speed, and then fire the lens' shutter. It would totally work and would be super sweet...
Pretty much how it works on the Leica S if you opt for the leaf-shutter lenses...
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Old 01-09-2017   #7
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This is the ONLY example of this ULTRA Rare camera available in the UK, one of THREE in the EU and one of 6 WORLDWIDE!!!
and subsequently ask ONLY GBP 5,654.25? I'd say that's a STEAL
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Old 01-09-2017   #8
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I wonder who bought this model over the other Leicas available at that same time?

Someone who wanted slow shutter speeds and was a leaf shutter enthusiast perhaps?

Cheaper to buy and ease of flash sync could be the reason too.
Shutter controlled flash sync was only introduced after WWII, long after the Modell B had been discontinued, so that cannot have been in their mind. The Compur Leica catered to users that needed times between 1/20 and 1s.
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Red Dot have one for sale at £5999 and one at £2999.

Leitz apparently made 638 of the dial set type and 969 of the ring set version. A total production of 1607 makes them way more common than a Leicaflex SL MOT which sells for around £200-£300.
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I would assume that the dial-set are earlier ?
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I already have two working rangefinders that I don't use, so I'll pass on this one.

Leica collectors should be swarming around it, I wonder why not? Are Leica collectors a thing of the past, like coin and stamp collectors?
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I would assume that the dial-set are earlier ?
Yes. Dial set '26-'31, rim set '29-'31. For some reason a further 46 cameras were produced between '31 and '41.
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Red Dot have one for sale at £5999 and one at £2999.

Leitz apparently made 638 of the dial set type and 969 of the ring set version. A total production of 1607 makes them way more common than a Leicaflex SL MOT which sells for around £200-£300.
Ah, but if they are locked up in someones collection, then they are not quite as available to the market, are they?

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Ah, but if they are locked up in someones collection, then they are not quite as available to the market, are they?

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Also it depends of how many survive till now, how many collectors are after them,etc.

Offer and demand dont really have anything to do with production numbers.

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Pretty much how it works on the Leica S if you opt for the leaf-shutter lenses...
Thats a really cool feature. I didn't realize they were offering it for the S. I have the 75mm L.S for my Pentax 645 which I really enjoy. In use it is a quite a commotion because of all the opening and closing and flipping, but it works great. To be fair the P645 with any lens is quite a commotion ...

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Yes, exactly. And now I recall what I forgot to mention: (in 1954 probably) LEITZ did offer a «Compur Summicron», a rare thing, cf.:

http://www.auction2000.se/auk/w.Obje...30_1754&inO=32
Amazing! I had no idea they made this. They should resurrect this lens! If they can bring back the 28mm Summaron they can do this one for sure.
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Going back to demand, it's high around Christmas for almost everything but the bills come in in January. Then spring comes and people feel a bit more optimistic and aren't yet getting the money sorted out for the summer holidays and so it goes on and around.

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Would have been cool if Leica made that lens in screw mount with a release attachment that would allow high speed sync on a focal plane shutter camera.

The release would open the focal plane shutter at a slow speed, and then fire the lens' shutter. It would totally work and would be super sweet...
They did make at least prototypes of a leaf-shutter Summicron in LTM, that works pretty much as you have described.

http://photo.net/leica-rangefinders-forum/00MiJs


ETA I see that this has already been mentioned. Oops.
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There has been one of these cameras for sale here in the RFF classifieds for some time:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/phot...it-rare/cat/10
And they lowered the price on their site, down to $4500.
Not to mention the one at Setadel Studios is a Leitz-Eigentum version.
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And they lowered the price on their site, down to $4500.
Not to mention the one at Setadel Studios is a Leitz-Eigentum version.
I deal with Alex there monthly, and his grading is dead on. Shipping is fast and always well packaged. Backs up his sales to the customer too.
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When I worked for a camera store in Philadelphia in 198x, one of the outlying branches ( in a mall...) had a guy come in wanting to sell two old cameras, one of which was 35mm. The manager of the store said "I don't recognize these, so , sorry I'm not interested". One of the sales assistants said: "I need an inexpensive 35mm, how much do you want??"

And so for $25, he purchased a dial set Leica Compur. I know this for certain because I have held the camera.

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