Leica I (model A)

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  • Code names - First as LEICA, and then LENEU (body only)
LEOMU = LENEU + ELMAR (Elmar (I) f= 5 cm 1:3.5)
LEDRL = LENEU + EKURZ (Elmar f= 3.5 cm 1:3.5)
LEVIR = LENEU + HEKTO (Hektor f= 5 cm 1:2.5)
LEANEKALB = LENEU + ELMAR with calfskin leather body cover (from the 1931 Leitz catalog)
  • Production era - 1925-1936; 58,735 cameras
  • Evolution - First production Leica camera with one of four fixed, collapsible lenses - 10 versions, von Einem.
  • Variants - Furnished with Anastigmat (144 cameras), Elmax (713 cameras), Elmar (56,548 cameras), or Hektor (1,330 cameras) 5 cm fixed lenses; feathered or featherless arrows; mushroom, dimpled or threaded releases; thick or thin engraving; round or horizontal base plate locking key; coarse or fine vulcanite; snakeskin, calfskin cover; gold Luxus version with lizard skin cover -g- code name LELUX with ELMAR Anastigmatic lens
  • Body - aluminum with black lacquered brass top plate and base plate with nickel plated knobs and a black vulcanite covering.
  • Size L x W x H - 133 x 39 x 65 mm / 5.24 x 1.54 x 2.60 in
  • Shutter speed range - 1 /500s to 1 /25s + Z (time exposure)
  • Designer - Oskar Barnack
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  • Leitz Elmax Lens - ELMAX . LLC - 112
  • Production era - 1922-1925
  • Variants - Anastigmat see Leica 0, Elmax, Hektor 50/2.5 and Elmar 50/3.5
  • Lens mount - Fixed on camera
  • Number of lenses /groups - 5 /3
  • F stop range - f/3.5 - f/18
  • Closest focusing distance - 1 m
  • Angle of view diagonal - 45 degrees
  • Materials - Nickel plated brass
  • Dimensions (length x diameter) -
  • Weight - 125 g /4.40 oz
  • Inscription - Leitz Elmax 1:3.5 F=50mm
  • Designer - Max Berek
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Leica I (model A) Serial Numbers

Serial numbers compiled from Puts Pocket Pod
^ Camera 52584 is Leica I (model C)
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
131 1000 Leica I (Anastigmat & Elmax 1st version) 1924 870
1001 2445 Leica I (Elmax, Elmar + Elmar Close-Focus) 1926 1445
2446 5433 Leica I (Elmar 2nd version + Elmar Close-Focus) 1926-1927 2988
5434 5700 Leica I (4 digit) 1928 267
6301 13100 Leica I (Elmar 4th version + Elmar Close-Focus) 1928 6800
13301 21478 Leica I (Elmar 6th version + Elmar Close-Focus) 1929 8178
21811 34550 Leica I (Elmar) 7th version from 31600 1928 12740
34803 34817 Leica I (Elmar + Luxus) 1929 15
34818 ^60000 Leica I (Elmar 8-10th versions + Elmar Close-Focus + Hektor) 1930 25183
TOTAL ASSIGNED SERIAL NUMBERS 1925-1930 58,486

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  • Camera Conversion Chart courtesy of greyelm
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