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...
The Hegelein Watch Camera, Nr. 381891 (81891). Also known as “Anthony’s Watch Camera,” this is the fourth known example in the world. Patented in 1894, New Yorker John C. Hegelein designed this subminiature pocket watch camera to take removable wooden plate holders for single-exposure film. The watch casing measures 2 ¼-inches in diameter, making it slightly larger than earlier examples. The front ring engraving around the meniscus lens reads, “THE WATCH CAMERA PAT’D AUG. 7. 1884 JOHN C. HEGELEIN. N.Y.”
A fascinating and ultra-rare piece of photographic – and American – history.
The Niko-Mar IV Underwater Housing set with the very rare Nikon FEA camera and motor drive, Sekonic meter and 18mm Nikkor f3,5 lens. This Niko-Mar IV underwater housing is one of only 50 pieces ever made in 1979, and these housings were delivered only to National Geographic along with the Nikon FEA camera. All Ex+
Leica M4 "KE-7A" with original 50mm Elcan f2 lens, lens shade, lens cap and E. Leitz New York Ever-ready case. A very rare military M4 camera set, in all original and beautiful condition. Ex++
A pair of Leica M4 Black Chrome cameras, made in Wetzlar and sequentially numbered: Nr. 1381897 and 1381898. Complete in their original boxes - extremely rare and very fine. Recently serviced. Mint.
Leica M4 in black enamel finish, Nr. 1247342, with a beautiful patina. Recently serviced and ready to shoot! Ex+
Leica M3 Double-Stroke Self-Timer Nr. 701273. Scratched “7843” on rear. A very early example of the first M Leica camera model, made in 1954. With import certificate. A very early and rare camera. Ex
Leica M3 Attrappe Nr. 12076A with 50mm Summicron f2 Collapsible Attrappe (without serial number). A very rare salesman’s sample or window display unit. VG
15mm Hologon f8 set Nr. 5736193 in its original box and apparently unused. With 15mm Spirit-Level viewfinder, Neutral Density filter, and even the complete and blank warranty card! Very rare, very desirable. Mint.
35mm Summicron-M f2 Nr. 3522337 Black. Made in Germany in 1990, this example is still shrink-wrapped in plastic from the Leica factory. New.
50mm Summicron f2 Wetzlar Nr. 2433498. Complete in original box with display container, lens shade and lens shade cap. This is the famous 1970s "28-inch" Summicron lens. Mint.
Plaubel Schneider Center Filter II for the Plaubel 69W Superwide camera. With case, box and instruction sheet. Very hard to find. Near Mint.
85mm Summarex f1,5 Nr. 593286 in very rare Black Paint finish. One of perhaps 276 black paint 85 Summarex lenses ever made. With original lens shade and nonmatching front cap. Engraved “Red Richards” who was a well-known auto racing photographer.
OROLF Screw Mount Lens Turret. Made in 1960, this is one of perhaps 250 ever made. Very rare. Near Mint.
Leica IIIf Red Dial Nr. 690302 Self-Timer, with 50mm Elmar f3,5 Nr. 1089906 Red Scale, and Leicavit Rapid Winder. Camera has been recovered in modern vulcanite. Ex++
Leica II Nr. 85302 in Black Enamel with Nickel fixtures, with 50mm Elmar f3,5, Nr. 179266. Recently serviced. Ex+
90mm Thambar f2,2 Nr. 226184 with soft focus filter, lens shade and lens shade cap - complete and original. Marked in Feet. Recently serviced. Ex+
MBROO water-tight Ever-ready case for the Leica IIIf, in good working order, but without rubber seal, Ex+
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. Ex++
A rare and very clean display Leicaflex SL camera, commonly called an attrappe, after the German term. Ex++
Deardorff 8x10 View Camera Nr. 6090. With original warranty card, film holders, and “f.64” backpack. A rare and very clean late-manufactured view camera. Ex ++
Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Company Korona 7x17 Panoramic View camera Nr. 21. With Bausch & Lomb 11x14 Protar V (Nr. 3218567) and three original Gundlach-Manhattan film backs. Camera is missing one knurled set knob at track front. Rare. Ex+
Gowlandflex 4x5 “Glamour Camera” Nr. 7020145 with Komura 210mm f6,3 viewing lens Nr. 12065 and Komura 210mm Commercial f6,3 taking lens Nr. 7020145 with Copal Press No. 1 shutter.
A desirable and hard to find studio camera made by hand by Perter Gowland (1916 - 2010), who was a movie actor and renown Hollywood photographer. The “Glamour Camera” was Gowland’s most popular camera; it can be used vertically or horizontally and is remarkably simple. Gowland made and sold around 600 of this model. Included are five 4x5 film backs in carrying case. The camera is working and the copal shutter is accurate. The top bracket of camera is slightly bent. Ex+
Kodak Centenary Camera Nr. 490 with instruction manual and history booklet, in original box with maker’s decals and red packaging string. Made in the United Kingdom in 2000. Apparently never opened. Mint.
Plaubel Roll-Op II Nr. 5290783 with nickel fittings and 75mm Anticomar f2,8 Nr. 104400, in its original case. Shutter is sticky. An uncommon and handsome camera. Ex+
Plaubel Proshift 69W Superwide set Nr. 327931 with Schneider 47mm MC Super-Angulon f5,6 lens Nr. 13922431. With viewfinder, case, strap, eyecup, cable release, instruction booklet and original boxes. Ex++
75mm Summilux-M f1,4 Nr. 3063731 with #12539 lens shade and caps in Leica leather case. The uncommon first version of the 75mm Summilux-M lens. Near Mint
Plaubel Makina 670 with 80mm Nikkor f2,8 Nr. B522079. With lens shade, case, strap, eyecup, filter, filter adapter and boxes. Ex +
35mm Summilux-M f1,4 Titanium Nr. 3538145, complete in the box. Some of the white ink of the aperture scale markings is missing. Ex+
Leica R3 Safari set Nr. 1469972 “E601” with 50mm Summicron-R f2 Safari Nr. 2879781, with ever-ready case, instruction booklet and Leica Safari literature. Very Good.
VIDOM universal viewfinder in black and chrome finish, marked for 3,5cm 5cm 7,3cm 9cm 10,5cm and 13,5cm. Ex
135mm Elmar f4 Nr. 1892261 Short-Mount with Visoflex II reflex housing, 90-degree Finder OTXBO, adapter OUBIO and #16461 vertical Finder, all in boxes. Ex++
Exakta VXIIa, Nr. 852476 with Schneider-Kreuznack 50mm Xenon f1,9 Nr. 5700071, in Ever-Ready case. With Exakta waist level finder in its case and spare split-image focus screen. Camera engraved “U.S.S.R. Occupied” and the case marked “Made in Germany (East)” Ex ++
Leica M2-S Motorized Button Rewind Nr. 931958 with Leitz New York motor (recovered in modern vulcanite), body cover and base plate. Working and warranteed. Ex++ $3,250
Leica M3 Single Stroke Nr. 1038981 in Black Enamel finish. Engraved “Kathy Muno”. A beautiful and rare black enamel camera with an attractive patina and an interesting story: the camera’s only owner was a camera store saleswoman in 1961 - the year the camera was made. The camera has been recently serviced, and recovered in modern vulcanite. Now in good working order and ready to shoot again! Ex+
Leica Standard, Nr. 222639 in black enamel with 50mm Elmar f3,5 Nr. 826229 with HFOOK (FOKOS) rangefinder. Lens and rangefinder are marked in Feet. All original. Ex++
35mm Summilux-RF f1,4 Nr. 1765178, made for the Leica M3 camera - this is the fist version of the famous 35mm Summilux lens. Rare. This copy has a small ding on the rangefinder that des not affect performance. Ex+
Brooks Veriwide 100 Nr. 5292433, with original front cap and Leitz 28mm Bright-line Finder engraved “Veriwide 100 Brooks New York.” Uncommon. Ex+