A real Leica, no fake engravings, just a piece of art from the period...
Stunning 1938 production Leica IIIa with original lens, picked up from the family of a Jewish veteran from Maryland. It is fully functional, and who knows what it has seen and recorded…
This is a truly iconic camera, introduced in 1935, with a new top speed of 1/1000 (Leica III introduced in 1933). The IIIa established what became a standard shutter speed range from 1 second to 1/1000 in top end 35mm cameras.
To a camera nut, NOTHING looks and feels like a Leica, it is truly incomparable, bristling with knobs and levers, it just screams photojournalist and even though all civilian and sales to foreign countries stopped in 1940, many war photographers on all sides used it.
The famous Raising a Flag over the Reichstag was taken with a Leica that was recently auctioned off.
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Interesting aside, the E. Leitz Co had a very clean record up to and during the war, rather legendary for the Leica Freedom Train which smuggled employees and their families out of Germany. Quite a story of of compassion and bravery, even though Ernst Leitz II was a member of the Nazi party. The company was sued in 1988, and eventually paid reparations into a compensation fund for slave laborers in 1999.
Shot with a Lumix LX5 with Leica Vario Summicron lens, on a very vintage Tiltall tripod made by E. Leitz.
Last edited by Larboard; 09-18-2015 at 09:09 PM.
09-18-2015 06:46 PM
Here's one I had the privilege to handle, I'd love to own one
Thx everyone ;-)
Rene, very nice! That one dates from 1939, but the non collapsible lens dates from 1952. The D.R.P. inscription stands for Deutsches Reichs Patent, which was not seen on the cameras made after 1945... Supposedly Eisenhower was a big fan of the Leica cameras, which was a reason why the factories were not bombed, and also fell into US hands.