Old 11-15-2018   #1921
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loading up the IId and Elmar combo with some expired Arista Premium. Note the Penny in the bottom plate acting as a film canister shim.
Also debating selling the IId in favor of a IIIf and leicavit combo so this may be the last roll through it.

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Old 12-06-2018   #1922
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My first screw mount Leica after owning quite a few Japanese copies and derivatives.
The Nikkor is also a new acquisition, and it pairs quite well with the IIIc.
Fun combo.

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Old 12-08-2018   #1923
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The dream came true: all original 4 digit Leica IA with truly mint optics. 6535, 1928.


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Old 12-08-2018   #1924
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Old 12-08-2018   #1925
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The dream came true: all original 4 digit Leica IA with truly mint optics. 6535, 1928.


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WOW, that is truly remarkable. Congratulations.

Can you share with us how you acquired it, private party, or ?

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Old 12-08-2018   #1927
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Can you share with us how you acquired it, private party, or ?

On eBay. There were iridescent colors on the lens, always a good sign. Of course there was haze inside the lens, but that was easy to remove.


Really not a single scratch or irregularity on the lens. A miracle, because the camera was heavy used, probably by a true photographer.


Another good sign was the perfect covering of the body, usually there are cracks and missing parts. This time it was 100% perfect.


Mushroom release, old style vulcanite, low wind knob, old style bottom lock, all 100% original. I'm happy. Serial 6535, 1928. My third model 1A.


Pictures taken with the camera are coming soon in this theatre.


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Leica IIIb w/ x-synch?

Hi everybody.

I currently have a IIIb from 1940) at home for testing and I am contemplating a buy. It would be my first screw mount but I am really fascinated and would use it on some occasions.

I think the camera works very well, even the rangefinder is (almost) a pleasure to use and seems to be very well calibrated.

The only thing which is not okay are the 1/500 and 1/1000 times on which the shutter curtain does not open. There is just this "dead" click and the curtain moves just a little bit. I will have an estimate what the fixing will cost.

The camera comes with a Summitar (also 1940) which I am afraid is beyond reparability. The aperture ring is stucked which I believe would be an easy fix. Worse is that there is a lot of what I think is fungus. This will also be evaluated in the next days. ( I am lucky that I could shoot the camera with my Canon LTM even it blocks quite some view from the finders.)

To the point in the title: there is this little socket which looks like a flash synch socket/plug on the front besides the lens. Please see the picture.
Anybody seen this before on a IIIb?
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Old 12-08-2018   #1929
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Yes, that is a flash socket, not made by Leitz.

You should have your camera repaired.

The fact that there is no exposure on 1/500 and 1/1000 is because the springs have too much tension.

You should not leave your fungus-infected lens on your camera. It can infect your camera.

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Thank you very much for the tip. I will put the lens in quarantine.

Personally the flash socket would be a plus. But generally - if I was a collector not a photographer - does this modification increase or decrease the value?

Thanks again.
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Decrease, because it is not original.


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Old 12-09-2018   #1932
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The dream came true: all original 4 digit Leica IA with truly mint optics. 6535, 1928.


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that would fulfill everyone's dreams
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My first screw mount Leica after owning quite a few Japanese copies and derivatives.
The Nikkor is also a new acquisition, and it pairs quite well with the IIIc.
Fun combo.

[IMG]Untitled by Peter Jennings, on Flickr[/IMG]

very very cool
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Old 12-09-2018   #1935
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Mr. Dulin, can you tell me more about the penny on the baseplate? I understand it pushes the film cannister up so part of the image doesn't fall on the sprocket holes. Once you drilled the penny out, how did you attach it and did you have to remove anything before you put the penny in? Thanks.
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Old 12-11-2018   #1936
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presspass, I can answer your questions regarding the baseplate. The modified coin simply replaces a smaller washer that normally sits in that position. The threaded screw passes through the penny and goes into the open/close lever on the bottom, holding it all together.
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I've had some problems with the position of the film in this camera, but now those are solved.

The problem was that the position of the film in the camera was not correct, so the perforation of the film was visible in the pictures. In this shot this is not too disturbing.

Leica IA, Elmar 50mm f/3.5, 400-2TMY.

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Old 12-11-2018   #1938
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Congratulations on the new toy Erik.
Results look good too....as usual.
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Old 12-12-2018   #1939
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Thank you, Rick!
The lens is just great, no flare so you can still see the details in the dark parts.

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Old 12-19-2018   #1940
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Old 12-19-2018   #1941
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I've had some problems with the position of the film in this camera, but now those are solved.

The problem was that the position of the film in the camera was not correct, so the perforation of the film was visible in the pictures. In this shot this is not too disturbing.

Leica IA, Elmar 50mm f/3.5, 400-2TMY.

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Beautiful picture Erik.
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Could i ask what is a reasonable expectation on a IIIf shutter accuracy?

I’m new to LTM and love the handling of the camera but currently 1/1000 is totally blank and 1/500 is heavily banded.

Is it not possible to have all speeds available on these bodies? 1/1000 i would rarely use (though it’d be nice to have) but 1/500 would be handy. I understand no M/LTM is going to be exact at all speeds.
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Could i ask what is a reasonable expectation on a IIIf shutter accuracy?
The IIIf shutter can be as accurate as any correctly functioning M-mount camera. I use my two IIIs at 1/500 and 1/1000 a lot, and have no problems at all (albeit one of them needed the shutters replaced first to bring it up to spec). Your camera needs a CLA.
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Your camera is capping at high speed, something that can be corrected with a proper maintenance. I think 1/1000 is probably closer to 1/900, but that is good enough for film work, as long as all the speeds are running in their proper proportion.
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Old 12-27-2018   #1945
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Thank you both, that’s good to know and what i thought should be thr case. I’ll see what my options are to have it serviced
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This thread cost me money. I bought a IIIc converted to IIIf self timer with sharkskin from KEH. What a beauty!
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The IIIf shutter can be as accurate as any correctly functioning M-mount camera. I use my two IIIs at 1/500 and 1/1000 a lot, and have no problems at all (albeit one of them needed the shutters replaced first to bring it up to spec). Your camera needs a CLA.
The seller (a store) has offered me a replacement or service to bring 1/200 and 1/500 to ‘within half a stop or so’ but no 1/1000 as ‘impossible.’
My other choices are a refund, or to have it serviced elsewhere at my expense.

I’m leaning towards a refund and just starting again for now, the body was $400USD.
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The seller (a store) has offered me a replacement or service to bring 1/200 and 1/500 to ‘within half a stop or so’ but no 1/1000 as ‘impossible.’
My other choices are a refund, or to have it serviced elsewhere at my expense.

I’m leaning towards a refund and just starting again for now, the body was $400USD.
no 1/1000 as ‘impossible' ???

Ahhh nope, I don't buy that. Not at all. Not possible without a proper CLA maybe (which the seller doesn't want to fork out for?), but definitely possible. You can find a fully functional IIIf for USD$400 or less. Returning the camera is a no brainer IMO.
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presspass, I can answer your questions regarding the baseplate. The modified coin simply replaces a smaller washer that normally sits in that position. The threaded screw passes through the penny and goes into the open/close lever on the bottom, holding it all together.
Precisely! Worked well.
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New member of the family - a 1930 I converted to II with nickel Elmar.
One question - the rangefinder window has the diopter adjustment. When did that become available? Might help pin down the date of conversion, somewhat.
1/20th is sticky, all the other speeds "seem" to be OK. Rangefinder is a bit dim but useable Lens is stiff and hazy.
Off for a CLA!
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Diopter adjustment came along with the III. It looks like yours has the small 'return' on the little lever which suggests post war but pic is a bit to small to say.

Also your engraving is white or whiteish? If so certainly a post war conversion.

A nice variation, please add it to the conversions thread.
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the rangefinder window has the diopter adjustment. When did that become available?
The III became available in 1933/1934. From this time on, many Leica I and II were conversed into a III. They kept however their original serial number.

From the picture I would say that the lettering is in Woods metal, if so it is a pre war conversion. Michael is wrong, it has the big diopter-lever. I think it is an early conversion, because later ones have the "D.R.P." mark between "Leica" and "Ernst Leitz". On this camera the "D.R.P." mark is below "Wetzlar". In any case, the black and nickel III is in my opinion the best LTM-Leica ever made. Silky smooth and indestructible.

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I admit my error further compounded by the presence of the larger shutter dial and the round so called 'lavatory bowl' moulding beneath.
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I admit my error further compounded by the presence of the larger shutter dial and the round so called 'lavatory bowl' moulding beneath.

Yes, this is actually a II with the rangefinder of a III. The early II has a round housing and a large speed dial. Looks nice, but I guess a small dial is technically better. The III has a small dial. The larger housing of the III is neccessary for the connection with the slow-speed govenor that is located on the bottom of the camera.


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Yes, this is actually a II with the rangefinder of a III. The early II has a round housing and a large speed dial. Looks nice, but I guess a small dial is technically better. The III has a small dial. The larger housing of the III is neccessary for the connection with the slow-speed govenor that is located on the bottom of the camera.


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The serial number is 299xx, which puts it as a I originally, but now with a III rangefinder. The lettering is silver-ish, and mostly faint.
So, sort of a II 1/2.
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These Barnacks make M Leicas look lame.
They are so pretty. So cool. My II looks like a Jules Verne creature... something out of a submarine.
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They are so pretty. So cool. My II looks like a Jules Verne creature... something out of a submarine.
Yes, and fun to use. I like the Leica IA, it needs a lot of attention, but then you'll have the concentration to see the pictures all around you.

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Yes, and fun to use. I like the Leica IA, it needs a lot of attention, but then you'll have the concentration to see the pictures all around you.

Leica IA (1928), Elmar 50mm f/3.5, 400-2TMY.

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I agree on this. The more the camera needs you, the sharper you become.

It´s hard to explain why. Once I read a great studio photographer saying he prefers to advance his fim manually so he can think between shots. He would not use a motor drive.
Once you are in tune it feels like you are controlling time.. that you can decide when things will happen so you shoot. It´s a strange thing, dellusional of course but it works.

Unlike automatic cameras where i feel insecure and at the mercy of the camera.
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It´s hard to explain why.
This is a "zen" aspect. Cartier-Bressons favorite book was "The art of archery", by Eugen Herrigel.

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My IIIf Red Dial again in use more often than my M film cameras.


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