Leica IIc - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leica IIc

1949

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

West Germany

Image of Leica IIc

Lens:
f3.5, 5 cm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. Coated. Screw mount. Serial no. 829674 (1950).

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.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 3 6mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical, scale to 3.5 feet.

Attributes:
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
450383 (1951) .

With:

  • Lens cap. Ever-ready case.
  • Copying device for 1:1 reproduction BELUN. Marked 'Elmar'.
  • 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".
  • Focoslide unit.
  • Helical focusing tube to use 5 cm Elmar with Focoslide, giving a focus range of 3 ½' - 9".
  • 5x vertical magnifier for use with the Focoslide. Version with longer body and diamond knurling.

This is from the last batch of IIc models.

Copying device for 1:1 reproduction BELUN
The BELUN was introduced in 1932 for use with the 5 cm Elmar. It comprised a base plate with a 36 x 24 mm cut-out, three supporting legs attached to a collar that fitted to the lens and an extension tube. Similar models were made for the 3.5 cm Elmar BEINS, 5 cm Summar BESUM and the 5 cm Summitar BELUN-HESUM.

Focoslide
This was a simple device providing a focusing screen which could quickly be replaced by the camera. Different accessories could be mounted on the front of the device such as bellows, extension tubes and focusing mounts. The common arrangement was to use extension tubes, a helical focusing mount for the lens and an aperture setting device to fit onto the front of the lens. Magnifiers could be attached to the focusing screen, these were the same as used on the rotating stage and Visoflex I.

The device was developed by Leitz New York. The first Wetzlar model (OOZAB) appeared in 1938 and was re-introduced following the war. The camera was clamped in position by a spring mounted bar, on early versions the bar had a single flat plate to rest against the camera later the familiar H shaped device was used. The standard Leica lens thread was used on the front of the device. This version could be used in conjunction with the Bellows I.

In 1957/58 a second version was introduced by Wetzlar this was of improved construction with rounded edges, the accessory thread was changed to 51 mm. The device was available for screw mount cameras (OOBAZ) and bayonet mount (OOTGU).

Code Names:
LOOEL - Camera. BELUN - Copying device. OOZAB - Focoslide unit. LVFOO - 5x magnifier. ZOOXY - Helical focusing tube.

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