Leica IIIc

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  • Code names - LOOHW* (body only) + LOOZS (gray military body)
LOOGI = LOOHW + ELMAR (Elmar (I) f= 5 cm 1:3.5)
LOODU = LOOHW + SOORE (Summitar f= 5 cm 1:2 )
LOOSB = LOOHW + XEMOO (Xenon f= 5 cm 1:1.5 )
LOOPN-B 65101 = LOOHW + ELMAR (Elmar (I) f= 5 cm 1:3.5) - 1950 NY Catalog
LOOKX-B 65101 = LOOHW + SOORE (Summitar f= 5 cm 1:2 ) - 1950 NY Catalog
LOOIT-B 65089 = LOOHW + SOOIA (Summarit f= 5 cm 1:1.5) - 1950 NY Catalog
*Note: LOOHW is the code name for the Leica IIIf body as well as IIIc depending on the date of the catalog. As a further complication, LOOHW was also used for "30x slip-on magnifier for focusing stage" in the Leica 1984 Accessory Guide.
  • Production era - 1940-1951; 133,626 cameras
  • Evolution - Body was diecast and the top plate and rangefinder cover are in one piece making the camera 1/8" wider than previous versions
  • Variants - Postwar version without the small step under the A-R lever; some postwar cameras were fitted with a rougher vulcanite body covering, referred to as "Sharkskin" (SH); German Army Wehrmacht Heer W.H. engraved cameras (WH), Luftwaffen-Eigentum (LE) and Leitz-Eigentum (L.E), the first post-war group has inferior chrome plating; a few are in black (509174) or grey paint; some are engraved 'N-L' for Odin, Leitz agency for the Netherlands
  • Body - aluminum with chrome plated brass top plate, base plate and knobs
  • Size L x W x H - 136 x 39 x 65 mm / 5.35 x 1.54 x 2.60 in
  • Manuals & brochures

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Leica IIIc Serial Numbers

Serial numbers compiled from Puts Pocket Pod
.* and data from Pacific Rim Camera
.** per Schouten + Westlicht
^ Cameras 367008, 367033, 367093 & 367108 are Leica IIId
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
360101 367000 Leica IIIc (NL+LE) 1940 6900
367001 ^367325 Leica IIIc ^(assumed IIId) 1941-1944 [325]^
367325 387503 Leica IIIc (chrom+WH+LE) 1941-1942 20179
387504 388926 Leica IIIc (grey)** 1941-1942 1423**
388927 397650 Leica IIIc (grey+WH+LE)** 1943-1946 8724
400000 440000 Leica IIIc (chrom+SH-chrom) 1946-1947 40001
450000 450000 Leica IIIc 1949 1
460001 520000 Leica IIIc (chrom+SH-chrom+black+L.E) 1951 60000
524001 525000 Leica IIIc 1950-1951 1000
TOTAL ASSIGNED SERIAL NUMBERS 1940-1951 138,228