Leica I(b) - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leica I(b)

1926

Dial-set Model

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

Image of Leica I(b)

Lens:
f3.5, 5 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18.

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 308160.

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:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance not coupled shutter. Exposure counter.

Identification:
Dimpled shutter release.

Serial Number:
6155 (c. 1928) .

Notes:
Address plaque: Lutz Ferrardo & Cie. Rio de Janeiro. Sao Paulo.

With:
Removable rangefinder, scaled to 1 metre. Swing mirror giving double image 85 mm base. Small dial version with yellow filter. Two early 'A' or spring cassettes.

Code Names:
LECUR - camera. FOFER - rangefinder. FILCA - cassette.

Leica I(b)

Rim-set Model

1928

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

Germany

Image of Leica I(b)

Lens:
f3.5, 5 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18.

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 2183859.

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:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance not coupled shutter. Exposure counter.

Identification:
Dimpled shutter release.

Serial Number:
21757 (1930) .

With:
Brochure "Leica Camera" d. Jan 1931. This is an early copy of the brochure without full details of the Visor finder, the July copy has it included.

The Leica I(b) or Compur Leica was introduced in 1926 as a cheaper, simple and more conservative camera. Two distinct models were made having either a Dial-set (1926) or Rim-set (1928) shutter. Only 638 Dial-set and 1072 Rim-set models were made. Yellow filters and close-up lenses were available for the Compur models.

Code Names:
LECUR - camera. 2371 - Brochure "Leica Camera".

References & Notes:
Leica Cat. 1931. Hasbroeck, Leica.

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