Leica IIIf Black Dial - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leica IIIf

1950

Black Dial

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

West Germany

Image of Leica IIIf

Lens:
f2, 5 cm Summitar, iris diaphragm to f16. Screw mount. Serial no. 849318 (1951).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B, T. (1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500, 1/1000). Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind. Flash synchronisation with variable delay scaled 0 - 20.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in 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. Film speed reminder scaled: 6 - 125 ASA, 10 - 23 DIN.

Serial Number:
557744 (1951) .

With:

  • Lens cap, black plastic. Ever-ready case.
  • Copying stand - BUWOO. In red box.
  • Optical Near-Focusing Device. For 5 cm Summitar lens. Scale of magnification: 1:6.5 - 1:17.5. Automatic parallax correction and view-finder adjustment. For distances between 3.5' - 17 ⅜".

The f series introduced built-in flash synchronisation. The firing delay was variable to cater for different types of bulb, the setting was on a dial below the shutter speed dial. The contact setting required depended on the type of flash bulb and shutter speed used, the appropriate setting could be found in a table. A further table would show the 'guide number' for the bulb and shutter speed, this was divided by the subject distance (in feet) to give the lens aperture which had to be adjusted according to the film speed. On the later IIIf Red Dial, the shutter moved across the film plane more quickly so the contact numbers for Red Dial cameras differ from Black Dials.

Code Names:
LOOKX - Camera. BUWOO - copying stand. NOOKY-HESUM - Optical Near-Focusing Device.

References & Notes:
Hasbroeck, Leica.

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