Leica IIIb

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IIIb with Summar f= 5 cm 1:2 Lens = AZOOB

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  • Code names - LYOOX (body only) 1938 Catalog + ATOOH (body only) 1946 Catalog
LEYOO = LYOOX = + XEMOO (Xenon f= 5 cm 1:1.5 ) - 1938 Catalog
ARHOO = ATOOH + ELMAR (Elmar (I) f= 5 cm 1:3.5) - 1946 Catalog
AZOOB = ATOOH + SUMAR (Summar f= 5 cm 1:2 ) - 1946 Catalog
  • Production era - 1938-1946; 32,705 cameras (ed. note: 1,855 more than assigned per list below)
  • Evolution - Eyepieces are closer together to aid switching from the rangefinder to the viewing window; Dioptric correction lever changed to concentric lever around rewind knob; four-screw spring-mounted accessory shoe
  • Variants - Some have added flash synchronization by Leitz; 5 were made in black (per Forum discussion [1] below)
  • Body - Aluminum with chrome plated brass top plate, base plate and knobs
  • Size L x W x H - 133 x 39 x 65 mm / 5.24 x 1.54 x 2.60 in
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Leica IIIb Serial Numbers

Serial numbers compiled from Puts Pocket Pod
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
240001 241000 Leica IIIb 1937-38 1000
242001 243000 Leica IIIb 1937-38 1000
265001 266000 Leica IIIb 1937 1000
280001 286500 Leica IIIb 1938 6500
288001 290200 Leica IIIb 1938-39 2200
294001 294600 Leica IIIb 1938 600
317001 318000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
319001 320000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
321001 322000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
323001 324000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
326001 327000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
328001 329000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
331001 332000 Leica IIIb 1939 1000
333601 334000 Leica IIIb 1939 400
335001 337000 Leica IIIb 1939-40 2000
339001 340000 Leica IIIb 1939-40 1000
344001 348500 Leica IIIb 1939-40 4500
348601 349000 Leica IIIb 1940 400
349301 351100 Leica IIIb 1940 1800
351151 352000 Leica IIIb 1940 850
354401 355000 Leica IIIb 1946 600
TOTAL ASSIGNED SERIAL NUMBERS 1937-1946 30,850