Leica connoisseurs thrill at the chase, at discovering something new, at obtaining that perfect item to complete their system or collection. Behind Leica and other fine cameras there is a wealth of history.
The Connoisseurs Corner items are collectible and not necessarily warranteed. Older cameras might have shutter speeds and/or light meters that might need adjusting, and lenses and other optical items might require lubrication and/or cleaning.
The thrill of the chase begins (or perhaps ends) here...
SOM Berthiot 28mm Angulor f3,3 Nr. 1074040 in Leica screw mount, with front cap. A very rare lens. Excellent +
Leica M4 Wetzlar in Black Chrome finish, Nr. 1381109 in its box with instruction booklet, Import Certificate and Owner's Registry Card. It even includes the original self-addressed and stamped envelope for returning the registry card to the E. Leitz, Inc. Rockleigh, New Jersey headquarters. Mint
Leica M4 Black Chrome Nr. 1380216. Made in Wetzlar in 1974, the Leica M4 was the first Leica M model to be regularly produced in the new "black chrome" finish. This camera still bears the factory "L" seal, and is complete in its original box with instruction booklet, Import Certificate and Owner's Registry Card. Includes the bill of sale from the renowned Alfredo's Camera of New Orleans, dated May 11, 1974. Shutter not working. Mint
Zeiss 85mm Sonnar f2 "ZM" (Leica M Mount), Nr. 155xxxxx, with lens shade, caps and one-year warranty! Excellent++
105mm "Mountain" Elmar f6,3 Nr. 300125, complete with lens shade, caps and original leather case. Made from 1932 to 1937, in fewer than 4,000 examples, its use was specialized - also known as "Berg (mountain) Elmar," this lens was designed to be a lightweight moderate telephoto for alpinists and skiers. Excellent ++
21 Super-Angulon-R f3,4 Nr. 2056107, complete with original lens shade and both caps. About 1,500 were made by Schneider-Kreuznach for the Leica SLR cameras. Recently serviced. Excellent ++
Rolleicord I (Type 1) Nr. 002528 "Art Deco". Working with slight haze in lenses. Missing screw from front nickel plate with some overpaint. Excellent ++
Wollensak 127mm Velostigmat f4,5 Nr. 487183. The lens has a painted designation of the U.S. Army Signal Corps: "SC 312 A." Very Good
Leica M2-S Nr. 1130012 in black enamel finish with some over-painitng and minor chipping of vulcanite. Well-loved and working fine. Good
Leica M3 Double Stroke Nr. 753601. The factory "L" seal is still intact. Top plate shows signs of repair. Very Good.
Leitz Canada (ELCAN) 63mm f5,6 Nr. 236-0034. A very rare cine lens, possibly made in the 1970s for Bell & Howell or other for another non-Leitz cine application. Excellent ++
Leica M4 MOT Nr. 1274005 in black enamel finish, bearing a large placard on the base plate reading "Property of U.S. Navy" Excellent
The Leica M10 “Edition Zagato” set. German engineering meets Italian design. Designed by Andrea Zagato. Limited to 250 sets worldwide. New.
Leitz Canada (ELCAN) Picker X-Ray 65mm f0,75 Nr. 252-0678. Engraved "Part No. B-T 87-13 2" Made circa 1970 for specialized x-ray applications, this rare lens still has its protective rear glass marked "2.24" and E37 thread cap. Excellent ++
Leica M4 MOT Nr. 1267213 with New York Motor Nr. 02581. Recently serviced, this camera set is working and ready to shoot. The vulcanite on the motor is cracked but stable and has a few patches. Very Good
Leica M3 Single Stroke Nr. 1038917, in original black enamel finish. This camera has been recently serviced and recovered in modern vulcanite. Working ond waranteed for one year. Excellent +
Stereoly Stereo Device VORSA Nr. 2636 for the Leica II or III cameras to make stereo images - a genius device. This example has some slight separation in the optics. Excellent
Leica I (Model A) Nr. 5305 converted to a Leica I (Model C) Standardized, with 50mm Elmar f3,5 that is so early it bears no serial number. Excellent +
Leitz Canada (ELCAN) Picker X-Ray 90mm f1 Nr. 373-0023. Engraved "Part No. B-T 87-243" Made circa 1970 for specialized x-ray applications, this very rare lens still
has its E37 thread cap. Excellent ++
Leica M6 "Royal Wedding" set Nr. 79 of 200, made in 1995 to commemorate the wedding of Prince Joachim of Denmark and Alexandra Christina Manley. The set consits of Leica M6 .72 Silver Chrome Nr. 2169978, with a specially engraved top plate, and 35mm Summicron-M f2 Silver Chrome (made in Germany) Nr. 3641193 in blue silk-lined presentation box, with Leica carry strap,12524 lens shade, and caps in boxes. Included also are the Certificate of Authenticity, warranty cards and instruction booklet. Unused. Mint.
Leica M3 Double Stroke Nr. 701273, made in 1954 without frameline preview lever. This camera has a hand-engraving on the rear of the top-plate and was recently serviced. Working and warranteed for one year. Excellent.
Leica I (Model A) to Leica II conversion Nr. 1464. This camera appears to have been converted from a Leica I to a Leica II, and then subsequently placed into a Leica post war IIc shell complete with strap lugs. Heavily overpainted. The top plate engraving has an unusually fine and crisp lettering. Very Good.
Leitz Canada (ELCAN) 6-inch f2,8 fixed focus lens Nr. 138-0618. Engraved "J.A. MAURER INC., L.I.C., N.Y. Part No. 301-105-000-1" Likely, this lens was made for the U.S. military for the aerial reconnaissance KE-28B camera, a 6x6 hand held camera built by J.A. Maurer in New York. Optics show signs of cleaning marks. Excellent
Leica M6 "LHSA 1968-1993" Anniversary Set, Nr. 25. This Leica Historical Society of America (LHSA) anniversary set includes Leica M6 .72 Nr. 1938090 "LHSA" in silver chrome finish with "LHSA 1968-1993" engraving on top plate and complete in the box, along with three matching lenses: 35mm, 50mm and 90mm Summicron-M lenses, each in stunning silver chrome finish and complete in their box with warranty cards and each bearing the serial number "25-090" on their front ring. Also included is the special "LHSA 1968-1993" wooden and satin-lined
presentation box (in its original box also) along with the Certificate of Authenticity bearing the set collective serial number, "25 - 090" Mint
90mm “Parallel” Elmar f4 Nr. 2090480. A rare lens, and this is by far the beautiful copy we’ve ever seen. Excellent ++
19mm Elmarit-R f2,8 ROM Nr. 3901981 complete in box with caps, lens shade 12546, fitted leather case and instruction booklet. Excellent ++
Leica I (Model A) to Leica II conversion Nr. 10902 with 50mm Summar f2 Nr. 256719 in nickel finish. The front ring of the lens has small dents. Excellent + overall
Leica M4 Canada Nr. 1381921 in black chrome with the factory "C" seal intact, yet the top plate is engraved "Wetzlar". Slight haze in viewfinder. A curious camera. Excellent ++
ORION lens adapter for using Nikon rangefinder lenses on the Leica screw mount (and also M) cameras. A rare, late example. Excellent +
Leica MP .72 Hammertone Grey Nr. 2947282 "LHSA 1968-2003" complete in box with instruction booklet, warranty card, interior satin-lined presentation box and strap. With matching 35mm Summicron-M f2 ASPH Nr. 3966740 "LHSA 1968-2003" with Hammertone Grey lens shade, case, box and UVa filter. Near Mint
28mm-90mm Vario-Elmarit-R f2,8-4,5 ASPH ROM Nr. 3974741 complete in box with caps, case and instruction booklet. Near Mint
Leica I (Model A) to Leica III conversion Nr. 33886 in black enamel with nickel fittings, with 50mm Elmar f3,5 also in nickel finish, marked in meters. A handsome set. Excellent ++
Leica Salesman Presentation Case for the Leicaflex system. Very rare. (Does not include the cameras and lenses) Excellent ++
280mm APO-Telyt-R f4 Nr. 3659111 complete in box with fitted leather case, instruction booklet, warranty card, caps, and E77 UVa (13337), and Serie 5,5 NDx1 (13026) filter. Excellent ++
Leica II Nr. 172683 in black enamel with nickel fittings, with 50mm Hektor f2,5 (no serial number). Excellent +
Multi-Lens Turret OROLF. Made in 1960 to change rapidly between 35, 50 and 90mm screw mount lenses on the M camera, this device uses a brilliant dual-action thumb screw on the back of the turret: turned to the right, it unmounts the lens from the body and rotates the turret to select another lens. Turned to the left, it mounts and then locks the lens into place. One of perhaps 250 ever made. Excellent ++
Leica M Camera Salesman Case. Also sometimes known as "Agent Display Outfits," this large case measure 23 7/8- x 14 7/8- x 4 3/4-inches thick. Very rare. With keys. Excellent ++
Leicaflex SL MOT Black Chrome, Nr. 1372584 with Leicaflex Motor, Nr. 3156 and Handgrip (14181), all working and ready to shoot. Excellent +
Leica M6 TTL .58 Nr. 2594477 in black chrome finish, complete in box with carry strap, presentation box and instruction booklet. Excellent ++
Two early color thread-in filters for the 50 Elmar f3,5 lens: the FIXTA (0*) and the FCZOO (Rh). Excellent +
Leica Post Kamera 24x27 Nr. 928938 with 35mm Summaron f3,5 engraved "Post." Made in 1958, this is one of the earliest Post cameras ever brought to market - this is the 15th Post camera produced by Leica. Excellent +
Leicaflex SL MOT Tandem bracket set 14185, for mounting two Leicaflex SL MOT cameras side-by-side for picture sequences of up to 7 frames per second. Grip trigger button is missing. Excellent.
Leica II to Leica III conversion Nr. 94782 in black and nickel finish, with 50mm Summar f2 Nr. 193927 also in nickel finish. Some overpainting on the camera, and the lens shows cleaning marks. Very Good.
Leica M9 Black Nr. 4420300 complete in box with warranty and brand new CCD sensor, replaced by Leica USA in July 2017. Included with the camera are the instruction booklet, original test certificate, Leica warranty card, Leica warranty certificate and handwritten latest test certificate bearing the date July 11, 2017. New, with warranty.
Leica IIIc Nr. 365704 "Luftwaffen-Eigentum" This camera bears the egravings appropriate to the Luftwaffen Eigentum cameras, and also has a hand-engraving on the back of the camera. The vulcanite is cracked and has been repaired. Very Good
Canon 50mm Canon Lens f0,95 Nr. 26754 converted to Leica M mount. Small dent on front assembly. Does not affect filter use. Excellent +
Single Exposure Housing OLEYO with 1/4-inch tripod fitting. With small IBSOR shutter, focus screen and dark slide. Very Good.
33mm Stereo Stemar f3,5 Nr. 1124335 with Stemar Prism OIMPO Nr. 1396, 33mm Bright-Line viewfinder OIDYO, lens shade OIGEO, M-adapter and all caps, in the original red paper box. A beautiful complete stereo set from 1954. Excellent ++
Leica IIIc Grey Nr. 389424 K. The "K" is plainly visible on the camera shutter. Working. Excellent +
The DayPlate Camera, circa, 1898. No serial number. With placard on camera front reading "THE DAYPLATE PAT. SEP. 6.98.GASSNER & MARX CAMERA CO. ROCHESTER, N.Y." This is an exciting peice of photographic - and American - history. Very Good
Leica III Nr. 131380 in black enamel finish with nickel fittings and with ORKAO rangefinder orange filter and Leica IIIa Nr. 272034 with ORAKO rangefinder orange filter. This pair of cameras each has the name of the famous Argentine Leica dealer engraved on the base plate: "Lutz Ferrando Y Cia. Buenos Aires" and "Lutz, Ferrando & Co. S.A Buenos Aires." Excellent + overall
35mm Summaron-RF f3,5 Nr. 1361003 in black enamel finish. A rare copy made in 1956 for the Leica M3. Excellent +
Leica Standard Nr. 355281 with Wollensak 50mm Velostigmat f3,5 Nr. 496819, engraved “E. Leitz, Inc. New York” with original "E. Leitz New York" body cover. This is the famous and desirable "Postwar Standard" set. Recently serviced and working as designed, this is one of the most rare Leica colectibles. The camera's vulcanite is cracked but stable and shows signs of repair, and the base plate has been lightly hand engraved. Recently serviced. Very Good
Leica III Nr. 310182 in black enamel with chrome fittings, with 50mm Summar f2, Nr. 469312. Excellent +
50mm Summilux f1,4 Nr. 1703811 in original rare black enamel finish, with lens shade XOOIM and Leitz "U.V.a." filter. This is the original black Summilux. Excellent +
Leica I (Model C) Standardized Nr. 38857 with 50mm Elmar f3,5 without serial number with early focus handle and marked in feet. A fascinating - and all original - set. Lens slightly hazy and is missing some of the knurling on the outer lens flange. Excellent
Nikon I Nr. 60972 with 50mm Nikkor H.C f2 Nr. 70855 with lens cap and original ever ready case. The first of only two cameras made in August of 1948, and one of the first 75 ever made. The camera base plate is engraved "Made in Occupied Japan." The camera's shutter is stuck and lens displays haze and light cleaning marks. Nonetheless, an very rare early Nikon rangefinder camera set. Very Good
Franke & Heidecke Heidoscope Stereo Camera Nr. 16836 with dual Zeiss 75mm Tessar f4,2 lenses. A gorgeous - and rare - early stereo camera. Excellent +
50mm Hektor f2,5 Nr. 125986 marked in feet. The front knurled ring is slightly bent and has a small bit of knurling missing. Excellent.
50mm Elmar f3,5 Stereo Projektion Lens (IMPUU), made in Canada with rear cap in its original red paper box. This lens was made as a Stereo projection attachment for PRADO 150 / 200 / 500 projectors. No serial number. Near Mint
Leica I Model C (Non-Standard) Nr. 54436 with nickel fittings and with 50mm Elmar f3,5, marked in meters (no serial number). The 135mm swinging mask is missing. Excellent
Nikon I Nr. 609224 with 50mm Nikkor-Q.C f3,5 Nr. 7052337 and matching Yellow 3 filter, lens cap and original ever-ready case. Both the camera base plate and the rear of the case are engraved "Made in Occupied Japan." The shutter is sticky and the lens is hazy. A truly rare and exceptional find. Excellent ++
Nikon F Nr. 7175412 in black enameland F-250 Motor Drive. The film pressure plate is broken on motor, foam sealing is deteriorated, and locking mechanism is bent but working. Good.
85mm Summarex f1,5 Nr. 823937 in silver chrome finish, complete with lens shade and caps, marked in meters. Tripod cleat is loose. Excellent +
Leica IIIc Nr. 366612. Made in 1940, this war time camera has a red shutter curtain. Very Good.
73mm Hektor f1,9 Nr. 166130 in black and chrome finish, marked in meters, complete with reversible lens shade and metal lens shade cap. Heavily overpainted
about the aperture scale, with light cleaning marks. Nonetheless, a stunning example. Excellent
Leica II Nr. 252132 in black enamel with chrome fittings and with matching rapid winder SCNOO. The vulcanite is complete but unstable. Recently serviced and ready to shoot. Excellent ++
Leica M4 KE-7A Nr. 1294870 with 50mm Elcan f2 Nr. 276-0262 with lens cap. Recently serviced and working as designed. Lens shows traces of etching around edges but is otherwise clean and clear, and the vulcanite is cracked but stable. Excellent +
90mm Thambar f2,2 Nr. 226184 complete with lens shade, caps and spot filter. This is the famous 1940s portrait lens that created so many silky, soft portraits and captivated so many photographers over the years. Excellent +
85mm Nikkor-S.C f1,5 Nr. 264368 complete with lens shade and caps. Lens shade has a very slight bend. Extremely hard to find in Leica screw mount. Excellent +
Leica IIIa Nr. 258604 in silver chrome finish with motor winder MOOLY Nr. 792, also in silver chrome, complete with release arm, body cover and original base plate.