Leica III - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leica III

1933

Black & nickel model

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

Image of Leica III

Lens:
f2, 5 cm Summar, iris diaphragm to f12.5. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount. Serial no. 206336 (1934).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/500, Z. Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in cassette, film is re-wound into cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 1 metre.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing prism type, double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
125497 (1933) .

With:

  • f4, 9 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f36. Helical focusing to 1 metre. Depth-of-field scale. With lens cap and rear cap. 'Fat barrel' model. Serial no. 135297 (1932).
  • Universal finder, black & nickel finish.
  • Angular finder, version with small eye cap.
  • Frame finder with additional 13.5, 10.5 frame. Late version with surrounding cut-outs.
  • Reflecting (waist-level) finder. Late model with accessory shoe.
  • Large lens hood (Fikus). This is an extensible hood for 3.5 - 13.5 cm lenses. Advertisements differ as to which lenses this was suitable for. The engraving differs between examples.
  • Filters, without clamping screw: Yellow 1. Yellow 2. Green.
  • Close up lens 2. Close up lens 3, white lettering. Close up lens adapter ring to fit Summar.
  • Outfit case, ETNEU. Ever-ready case.
  • Lens cap. Cassette in tin, early version with flat top. Cable release.
  • Close up apparatus (Setting device BEOOY) for use with lenses 2 and 3. Extension legs for Close up apparatus (BETAB).

Code Names:
LYSUM - Camera. ESNAR - ERC. ETNEU - Outfit case. VIDOM - Universal finder. WINTU - Angular finder. RASUK, RAMET - Frame finder. AUFSU - Reflecting finder. FIKUS - Lens hood. FIGRO - Yellow filter 1. FIGAM - Yellow filter 2. FIPOS - Green filter. ELPIK - Close up lens 2. ELPET - Close up lens 3. VMCOO - Lens adapter ring. BEOOY - Close up apparatus. BETAB - Extension legs.

Leica III

1933

Black and Chrome finish

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

Image of Leica III

Lens:
f3.5, 50 mm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18. Screw mount. Serial no. 430029 (1938).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/500, Z. Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in cassette, film is re-wound into cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 1 metre.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing prism type, double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
249409 (1937) .

With:

  • f6.3, 10.5 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f36. With lens hood, lens cap, rear cap. Deerskin purse. Serial no. 251280 (1935).
  • Lens cap. Lens hood. Universal finder, black and chrome finish. Two cassettes in tins. Ever-ready case.
  • Filters, A36 fitting: Yellow 1. Green GR.
  • "Directions Part 1", instruction book d. June 1937. "Directions Part 111", instruction book d. June 1937. "Leica The Camera of Modern Times", booklet d. Aug 1937.

Code Names:
ACOOS - Camera. FISON - Lens hood. VIDOM - Universal finder. FILBY - yellow filter. ESNAR - ERC. 7704 - Directions 1. 7706 - Directions 111. 7343c - "Camera of Modern Times". ETTYR - Lens purse.

Leica III

1933

Chrome model

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

Image of Leica III

Lens:
f3.5, 50 mm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18. Screw mount. Serial no. 175184 (1933).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/500, Z. Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in cassette, film is re-wound into cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 1 metre.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing prism type, double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
213025 (1936) .

With:

  • f6.3, 2.8 cm Hektor, iris diaphragm to f25. Helical focusing to 1 metre. With lens cap and rear cap. Serial no. 541726 (1940).
  • f3.5, 3.5 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18. Helical focusing to 1 metre. Depth-of-field scale. With lens cap and rear cap. Lens hood, black finish with silver lettering. Serial no. 337006 (1936).
  • f1.9, 7.3 cm Hektor, iris diaphragm to f25. Helical focusing to 5 feet. With lens cap and rear cap. Lens hood. Yellow filter 1. Red filter, in box. Serial no. 166473 (1933).
  • Lens cap for 50 mm Elmar. 5 cm Lens hood, chrome with clamping ring. 20" cable release. Two cassettes in tins. Ever-ready case.
  • Filters, A36 fitting: Yellow 0. Yellow 1, in red box. Graduated yellow GB. Green GR.
  • Universal finder, marked for 3.5 cm, 5 cm, 7.3 cm, 9 cm, 10.5 cm, and 13.5 cm lenses. Parallax correction.
  • 28 mm Albada view-finder.
  • Frame finder. Outlines for 3.5 cm, 5 cm, 7.3 cm, and 9 cm lenses. Parallax correction.
  • Angular finder. Right-angle finder with prism for viewing through the rangefinder.
  • No. 1 Close-up lens for use with 5 cm lens. White lettering. For object sizes of 16 9/16" x 24 13/16" to 8 9/16" x 12 7/8". At distances from 39 ½" to 22 9/16".
  • No. 2 Close-up lens for use with 5 cm lens. White lettering. For object sizes of 8 7/16" x 12 5/8" to 5 5/8" x 8 1/2". At distances from 21 9/16" to 15 15/16".
  • No. 3 Close-up lens for use with 5 cm lens. White lettering. For object sizes of 4 1/4" x 6 5/16" to 3 3/8" x 5". At distances from 12 1/4" to 10 11/16".
  • Optical Near-Focusing Device. For 5 cm Elmar lens. Scale of magnification: 1:6.5 - 1:17.5. Introduced 1935. Automatic parallax correction and view-finder adjustment. For distances between 3.5' - 17 ⅜". Box.
  • Universal carrying case (ETNEU).
  • "Directions", instruction book d. July 1935. "Special View-finders", pamphlet d. Oct 1936. "Leica King of Cameras", pamphlet, Leitz London. Leitz General Catalogue 1936.

Code Names:
ACOOS - Camera. ESNAR - ERC. FISON - Lens hood. FEDOO - Yellow filter 0. FIGRO - Yellow filter 1. FIRAD - Graduated filter. FIPOS - Green filter. VIDOM - Universal finder. RASAK - Frame finder. WINTU - Angular finder. ELPRO ELPIK ELPET - Close-up lenses . NOOKY - Optical Near-Focusing Device. ETNEU - Universal carrying case. FINOT - cable release. HOOPY - 28 mm Hektor. EKURZ - 35 mm Elmar. FLQOO - 35 mm lens hood. HEGRA - 73 mm Hektor. FILSO - Yellow filter for 73 mm. FIOMU - Red filter for 73 mm.

Leica III

Conversation from a Model II

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

Image of Leica III

Lens:
f3.5, 50 mm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18. Screw mount. Serial no. 158754 (1933).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/500, Z. Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in cassette, film is re-wound into cassette.

Focusing:
Helical, scale to 3.5 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing prism type, double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
94479 (1932) .

With:

  • f4, 9 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f36. Helical focusing to 1 metre. Depth-of-field scale. With rear cap. 'Fat barrel' model. Serial no. 135472 (1932).
  • Universal view-finder.
  • Filter, A36 fitting: Yellow 1.
  • Collapsible Stand (STARE). Calibrated in inches.
  • Plumb Line (FLOTH).
  • No. 2 close-up lens. Cable release.
  • Ever-ready case.

Code Names:
ACOOS - Camera. VIDOM - universal viewfinder. FIGRO - Yellow filter 1. STARE - Collapsible Stand. FLOTH - Plumb Line.

The Leica III is similar to the model II but with the addition of slow speeds of 1 - 1/20 second and eyesight correction. The addition of the slow speed mechanism necessitated the top housing being re-modelled. Later model IIs also used the modified housing. The camera was originally produced in a back/nickel finish, shortly followed by a chrome model, a few models are finished in black/chrome. Other minor variations exist, most notably the size of the bottom plate locating pin and the addition of neck-strap lugs. On late models the re-wind lever has a cam that passes into the speed dial housing.

There are differences in the cassette tins, the early type has plain, flat, top, later it has a deep circular indent. Other versions of the reflecting finder have a swing-in negative lens for 35 mm and 28 mm wide-angle lenses.

STARE
The STARE copying stand is probably an early example and differs from that shown in catalogues of the time. The column is only 18" high rather than 22". The camera lens is off-set from the axis of the column by about 40 mm giving a lop sided look to the stand, on later models the bracket centres the lens with the column. The feet of the stand can be set up to 17" apart, the rear part of the stand is calibrated to this distance, but the height of the column only allows for originals up to 9" wide. When set to infinity with the no. 2 close-up lens the image width is about 8" with the camera at a height of 15".

References & Notes:
Leica shutter. BP 412880/1934. Leica Cat. 1936. Hasbroeck, Leica

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