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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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What on earth is it?
Old 04-27-2017   #1
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What on earth is it?

It has a (rotating) Leica bayonet on the back, some sort of screw mount on the front, and it says LEITZ CANADA on the back of the bayonet rotation tab. Focus travel is a bit over an inch: tubes sliding within one another can be moved via a combined lever (just push-pull) and geared drive (twist and the push-pull lever moves). There seem to be stops for maximum and minimum travel and a third lock in the middle. What on earth is it?

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My first thought was microscope related, but on second though I think for attaching your M to a telescope. I assume the focus levers lock?
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An attachment for making coffee??!!

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strange adapter
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strange adapter

I seem to remember seeing one of these in a Leica Fotografie back in the 70s. It substituted for the focusing helicoid for the 200 lens. Use the knob on the side to push-pull focus.
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It is called a FOCORAPID; part number 14111. It dates from 1963. It is a a rapid focusing device for the Visoflex II and III systems with pre-selection of three distances.

I found the information on pages 51 and 52 of a book called (the) Leica Accessory Guide, part of which I have as a pdf download - I'm afraid i don't know anymore about the book or the FOCORAPID device.

I hope that helps a little and that others may be able to explain more about how it was to be used.

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And we have a winner!

Interesting.
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It is called a FOCORAPID; part number 14111. It dates from 1963. It is a a rapid focusing device for the Visoflex II and III systems with pre-selection of three distances.

I found the information on pages 51 and 52 of a book called (the) Leica Accessory Guide, part of which I have as a pdf download - I'm afraid i don't know anymore about the book or the FOCORAPID device.

I hope that helps a little and that others may be able to explain more about how it was to be used.

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Dear Andrew,

Thanks very much. I wondered if it was a Focorapid but I recalled them as being quite different -- I was thinking of the push-pull rapid focus grips, the Novoflex style Televit. I should have Googled Focorapid.

Its owner should also be quite pleased when she finds out what it's worth. Yes, it's a bit scabby, but it's also very rare. I'll just go and try it on a Viso with a 20cm (hers too)! She's the same person as inherited the five Leicas and the screw-mount 90/2 Summicron that I describe on the site.

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Addendum: didn't work! So I'll have to start playing with other adapter rings and lenses. An OUEPO fits so I should be able to use the Summicron on it.

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