Am selling a prewar Leica rangefinder Camera & lenses which have been in my family for the last 7 decades. The camera is a Leica III - aka Model F (but NOT the later Leica IIIf). My father bought this camera in the late 1940s. It has been used (but never abused) by both myself, my brothers and my late father over nearly 7 decades. The camera is a black-bodied Leica Model III - serial number 209585.
It comes with the original 50mm f/3.5 Elmar lens -
- the classic original collapsible Leica lens -
- as well as an excellent Canon f/2.8 35mm lens.
The Canon lens dates from the 1950's -
- it has its own leather case -
- and also comes with a Canon 35mm viewfinder, which functions but needs slight repair/TLC.
Camera also comes with the original brown leather Leica camera case -
- that my father bought with the camera.
Here's what you get -
Camera and the Elmar lens recently received a thorough CLA (cleaning, lubrication & adjustment) from a superb Leica technician who among other things verified & adjusted shutter speeds, rebuilt the cloth shutter, and cleaned the original Elmar lens.
Though this camera is nearly 80 years old, it is still in excellent working condition.
It is not an untouched/pristine showroom model -
- it has been used all its life -
- and has minor scratches and dings.
Reason for sale: this camera deserves to be used on a regular basis, and not just sit on my mantelpiece where it looks beautiful but gathers dust.
The Canon lens, though not possibly as well known as the Elmar, is a fine lens in its own right -
- and the smaller sibling of the Canon 28mm which Garry Winogrand used years ago).
Due to the prohibitively expensive nature of international shipping costs, and also the lack of shipping security, I would prefer to sell to buyers outside of either the United States or Canada. Shipping in the U.S. will be a flat $25 (via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail); $35 for Canada. For buyers in Europe, China, Japan, Australia or other countries, shipping will be via UPS and must be negotiated in advance.
PayPal is the preferred form of payment.
Bottom line: this camera is a classic, and the real deal.
It’s been used, cared for and appreciated by 3 photographers in my family; now it needs the right new home.
Asking price: $950 o.b.o.
All serious offers will be considered - especially from photographers who are serious about USING this camera. I don't want it to sit in a beautiful display case as part of a prewar historical collection; it needs to be used, and appreciated.
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