Paint 95% 1933 Leica Iii+5cm Elmar+prewar Case +'30s Lit. Body/lens Just Cla'd For Salestyle="text-decoration:none" height="27px" valign="middle" face="arial" '30s LEICA III OUTFIT IN LOVELY COSMETIC CONDITION
• Lovely black/nickel 1933 LEITZ LEICA III (Model F), #121339, Export Model- Body/lens just had $315 CLA, including one new curtain
- Beautiful nickel, almost zero wear, just a trace on the speed dial, paint is all original, no retouching- Top paint is very close to mint, one of the best I've seen, silver inlay engravings show very little wear- Bottom paint shows slight rub wear by the catch, but is still far better than most- VF and RF exceptionally clear and bright, RF accurate- Speed control replaced with IIIa parts during service, so camera has a 1/1000 speed (not marked) and one-second is not accurate (too fast)- All other speeds from 1/2 second on up are accurate,"T" closes with shutter wind-on- Baseplate marked in English.- Large locking pin on baseplate (factory original from #111450)
• Beautiful prewar ELMAR 5cm, f3.5, nickel, no number, about 1932, + lovely Bakelite cap-Also just CLA'd
- Glass is uncoated and extremely clean, Ex++, just a few specs of dust. No haze, fungus or separation.- Smooth focus, iris free and easy, no oil on blades, minimal wear. Infinity lock is engaging correctly- Standardized lens, has depth of field scale- Nickel is excellent except for slight wear on the lens barrel- Bakelite cap has no cracks or chips, slightly loose fit. Mint.• Prewar case, correctly sized for pre-IIIc cameras- Case shows a fair amount of repair, but has nice patina and is all there- Small nickel (1/4") securing screw- Strap looks to be replacement, slightly weak in one area
• September 1935 Leica Catalog, 64pp, original not reprint, fascinating period guide to all Leitz equipment.- Mint except for one mark on cover- Includes a Canadian Price ListCOLLECTOR NOTES:Just my opinion, but I feel it's hard to beat the prewar black/nickel Leicas for looks and cameras were built tofabulous and now long-gone standards of quality - in design, materials and machining - and they were assembled by hand. This was a timewhen nickel was a coating - a thick one! - and not just a color.The lovely silver lettering on the black cameras, which was discontinued post-war, is a time-consuming jewelry technique that's over 2,000 years old.
An additional plus is that both the lens and body have been just CLA'd (invoice comes with the outfit). The way these vintage Leicas operate - the smoothness of the controls, the way the shutter sounds, for example - is part of the reason they are valued so highly, and collected so ardently. And yet the truth is, I suspect, that very few Barnack Leicas are really working they way they should be, simply because many haven't been serviced for decades.
Cmeras like this, in fine cosmetic condition, are what most Leica collectors are looking for. Per Hove, outfits in this kind of condition are valued at about 150% - 200% over outfits in more average condition. This camera will always attract attention and willing buyers.VALUE - COMPARABLES:Prices for this model of Leica have risen almost 50% in the last five years:
1. InNovember 2012,Camera sale 22, Lot 32,Westlichtsold a black/nickel Leica III with matching nickel Elmar,condition A/B, for Euro 2,280 the black Leica III body & lens at:
VERY GOOD $800-$900MINT: $1,500-$1,600
IMPORTANT STUFF:Camera has not been film tested.No warranty, but you can return within 14 days for a refund if it’s not as described.After that, it's yours.Buyers must pay return shipping and insurance costs. I ship worldwide by USPS Express Mail as it offers tracking. Shipping costs include mandatory insurance to the limits allowed & delivery confirmation.Any Customs Duties levied are the responsibility of the buyer.PayPal preferred.
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