Leica If Black Dial - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leica If

1952

Black Dial

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

West Germany

Image of Leica If

Lens:
f3.5, 5 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount. Serial no. 1048143 (1952).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/30 - 1/500, B. (1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500). 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 standard cassette.

Focusing:
Helical, scale to 3.5 feet.

Attributes:
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter.
Exposure counter. Film speed reminder dial scaled: 6 - 125 ASA, 10 - 23 DIN.

Serial Number:
561043 (1951) .

With:

  • Lens cap. 5 cm bright line view-finder in case.
  • Focoslide unit.
  • 5x vertical magnifier. Version with longer body and diamond knurling.
  • 30x finder.
  • Projection Head, this fits onto the Focoslide in place of the finder to illuminate the field of view.
  • Helical focusing tube to use 5 cm Elmar with Focoslide, gives a focus range of 3 ½' - 9".
  • Iris Setting device - Valoo, scaled f3.5 - f16.
  • Tripod Head.

The serial number shows this example to be from the last batch of Ic cameras but it has been finished as a If. The first If batch followed directly after the last Ic batch.

The Valoo is a combined iris setting device and lens hood. The lens is deeply recessed into the focusing tube making the iris difficult to operate.

Code Names:
OEINO - camera including SBOOI - view-finder. OOZAB - Focoslide unit. LVFOO - 5x magnifier. LWHOO - 30x finder. OUTSO - Projection Head. ZOOXY - Helical focusing tube. VALOO - iris setting device. KGOON - Tripod Head.

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