M2

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  • Code names - 10800 KOOHE (body only) - 10308 (body only w/ self-timer) - 10300 = (body only w/o selftimer) - 1964 catalog
KEZOO = KOOHE + ELMAM (Elmar (III) f= 5 cm 1:3.5)
KIHOO 10333 = KOOHE + ELMOM (Elmar f= 5 cm 1:2.8)
KIOOL 10336 = KOOHE + SOMNI (Summicron (II) f= 5 cm 1:2)
KOOIW = KOOHE + SOOIA (Summarit f= 5 cm 1:1.5) - 1958 catalog

Comment

  • The M2 was the second in Leica's line of M-bayonet cameras and was sold alongside the M3 as a lower cost variant. Sold between 1958 and 1966 (although production is known to have begun in 1957), the M2 featured redesigned rangefinder optics with a finder magnification of 0.72, which allowed for the inclusion of 35mm brightlines - a first for a Leica rangefinder (the full range of brightlines were 35, 50 and 90 mm). The M2 also differed from the M3 in using a top casing lacking the former model's ornate frames around the various windows, an external, manually reset exposure counter, and (initially at least) the deletion of the delayed action self timer.
  • There were a number of variations to the M2 produced during its production run, and at least two further versions sold after production had officially ceased. Initially the M2 was launched with a push-button rewind release, but this proved unpopular and was replaced within the first year of production with a lever. The self-timer was also offered as an option during the first year (M2 X), before becoming standard equipment later in the camera's lifespan. Additionally versions of the M2 were sold together with the Leicavit rapid winder and marketed as the MP2 (a replacement for the discontinued Leica MP).
  • In 1969 a limited run of M2s with the rapid loading system from the M4 were made available to the public, sold as the Leica M2-R. These cameras had been developed for the US military, and were effectively being sold as army surplus through Leica dealerships.
  • The M2 became the basis for all subsequent M-series film cameras.
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M2 Serial Numbers

^^ Cameras 956865 & 956889 are M2 (button rewind)
SN Start SN End Product Year Batch
926001 926200 Leica M2 1957 200
929001 931000 Leica M2 (black) 1958 2000
931001 933000 Leica M2 with smaller window* 1958 2000
935513 937500 Leica M2 (chrom) 1958 2500
937501 937620 Leica M2 1958 2500
937621 937650 Leica M2 ELC 1958 30
937651** 940000** Leica M2 1958 2350**
940001 942900 Leica M2 (chrom) 1958 2900
942901 943000 Leica M2 ELC 1958 100
944001 946000 Leica M2 (chrom) 1958 2000
946001 946300** Leica M2 1958 300**
946301 946400 Leica M2 ELC 1958 100
946401** 946900** Leica M2 1958 500**
946901 947000 Leica M2 ELC 1958 100
947001 947500* Leica M2 1958 500
947501* 948000 Leica M2 with self timer* (chrom) 1958 500
948501 948600 Leica M2 ELC 1958 100
948601** 949100** Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1958 500**
949101 949400** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1958 300
949401** 950000 Leica M2 (chrom) 1959 600
956501^^ 957000 Leica M1^^ 1959 [500]
959501** 960200** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1959 700**
960201** 960500 Leica M2 1960 300**
960501 961500 Leica M2 (black) 1959 1000
961501** 961700** Leica M3 ELC 1959 200**
961701** 966500** Leica M3 1959 4800**
967501 968350 Leica M2 1959 850
970001 971500 Leica M2 (black+ELW.chrom) 1959 1500
975001 975800** Leica M2 (chrom) 1959 800**
975801** 976100** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1960 300**
976101** 976500 Leica M2 (chrom) 1959 400**
982001 982150** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1960 150**
982151** 982900** Leica M2 1959 750**
982901** 983500** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1959 600**
983501** 984000 Leica M2 1959 500**
987201 987300 Leica M2 ELC 1960 100
988351 988650 Leica M2 1960 300
988651 989250 Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1960 600
989251 989650** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk (ELW.chrom) 1960 400**
989651** 989800** Leica M2 (ELW.chrom) 1960 150**
989801 990500 Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1960 700
990501** 990750 Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert (ELW) 1960 250**
993751 995000** Leica M2 1960 1250**
995001 995100 Leica M2 ELC 1960 100
995101 995400 Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk 1960 300
995401** 996000 Leica M2 1960 600**
1004001 1005100** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk (chrom) 1960 1100**
1005101** 1005350** Leica M2 Vorlaufwerk (ELW.black) 1960 250**
1005351 1005450 Leica M2 ELC 1960 100
1005451** 1005750** Leica M2 1960 300**
1005771** 1007000** Leica M2 (chrom) 1960 1230**
1005751 1005770 Leica M2 Luftwaffe (gray) 1960 20
1011001 1014000 Leica M2 (chrom) 1960 3000
1017501 1017900** Leica M2 1961 400**
1017901 1018000 Leica M2 ELC 1961 100
1018001** 1020100** Leica M2 (chrom) 1961 2100**
1020101 1020200 Leica M2 ELC 1961 100
1020201** 1022000 Leica M2 1961 1800**
1022001** 1022700** Leica M3 1961 700**
1028601 1031800 Leica M2 (chrom+black) 1961 3200
1031801** 1032000** Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1961 200**
1036001 1036050 Leica M2 ELC 1961 50
1036351 1037950** Leica M2 (chrom) 1961 1600
1037951 1038000 Leica M2 ELC 1962 50
1043001 1043800** Leica M2 1962 800
1043801** 1044000 Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1962 200**
1048001 1050000 Leica M2 (chrom) 1962 2000
1050501 1055000 Leica M2 (ELW.black+chrom) 1962 4250
1053101** 1053250** Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1962 150**
1053251** 1054900** Leica M2 (ELW.chrom) 1962 1650**
1054901 1055000 Leica M2 ELC 1962 100
1060501 1061700** Leica M2 (chrom) 1962 1200**
1061701 1061800 Leica M2 ELC 1962 100
1061801** 1063000 Leica M2 (ELW.chrom) 1962 1200**
1068001 1070000 Leica M2 1963 2000
1074501 1077000 Leica M2 1963 2500
1085501 1088000 Leica M2 (chrom) 1963 2500
1093501** 1093750** Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1964 250**
1093751 1093800 Leica M2 ELC 1964 50
1098301 1099800** Leica M2 1964 1500**
1099801 1099900 Leica M2 ELC 1964 100
1099901** 1100000 Leica M2 1964 100**
1102901* 1103000* Leica M2 1965 100*
1103001** 1104900** Leica M2 1965 1900**
1104901 1105000 Leica M2 ELC 1965 100
1107001 1109000 Leica M2 (chrom-NASA+black) 1965 2000
1112001 1114975** Leica M2 (chrom) 1965 2975**
1130001 1130300** Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1965 300**
1130301 1132900** Leica M2 (chrom) 1965 2600**
1132901 1133000 Leica M2 ELC 1965 100
1138901 1139000 Leica M2 ELC 1966 100
1142001 1145000 Leica M2 (chrom) 1966 3000
1161421 1162400* Leica M2 (chrom) 1966 980*
1162451* 1163770 Leica M2 (chrom+KS-15) 1966 1320*
1163771** 1164046** Leica M2 mot (chrom+KS-15) 1966 276**
1164047 1164550* Leica M2 (KS-15) 1966 504*
1164551* 1164845 Leica M2 1966 295*
1164941 1165000 Leica M2 1967 60
1207000** 1207000** Leica M2 Schwz Lackiert 1968 1**
1248201 1250200 Leica M2-R rapid loading* (Chrom) 1969-70 2000
Total assigned serial numbers 1957-1970 93,221

. * Serial numbers and batch total from Gandy's List
** Serial numbers from Serial Numbers Leica Cameras with computed batch total.
Unmarked SN's match between both lists and Gandy's batch total was used without recalculation.
ELC - Ernst Leitz Canada
Schwz Lackiert - Black Lacquer
Vorlaufwerk - Self Timer