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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Studienkamera in Early Leica II   
    This is the page Leitz sent me for my Leica 11, 89397, originally black but now chrome.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from jankap in Third party viewfinder options   
    Found it now. Picture looks pretty good considering the bright spotlights.
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from LocalHero1953 in Switching to Bulk-loading. IXMOO or Other Options?   
    I always load 30 exposures per roll. Loosing the last two is just something you get used to. It is difficult to know exactly how many frames you will get, especially if you forget to reset the frame counter when you load the camera !
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from ianman in Summaron 35   
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    Pyrogallol reacted to ejg1890 in Leica M6, M7 or MP and costs of each   
    Picked up the M2 this afternoon. As other stated the viewfinder is not cluttered with frame lines or red lights. 

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    Pyrogallol reacted to Ambro51 in I love my Barnack   
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from sinjun in Summaron 35   
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    Pyrogallol reacted to tranquilo67 in Early Leica II   
    Hi all,
    I've just received this Leica II serial number 71207, so, if I'm not wrong, it means it's the 8th Leica II ever built (in fact the 8th rangefinder Leica ever built). I know that there are a lot of older cameras upgraded to II but this one have that historical component that I love. The Leica II with the incorporation of the rangefinder (and coupling) in the camera body was, from my point of view, one of the major jumps in Leica history.
    I've reviewed the main auction houses and websites etc. and I've not been able to find an earlier sample. I've just seen a reference to a prototype that is (or was) in the Leitz museum but it's quite unclear.
    It looks like it's in original condition including a fully yellow finder, nickel fittings, large speed dial etc. (yes, I know, that offending front screw, but I'm still unsure if I'll try to replace it ). It came with a 11 o'clock 50 3.5 bell push Elmar that I assume it's original (difficult to prove, but also difficult to prove not).
    During the research that I do for every interesting camera that I get, I've seen several sources that equal the first batch with the first year, but according to Hahne list, the first initial "run" is made of 25 cameras (71200 to 71224). On the other hand, there are other camera models delivered in the usually accepted first batch-year. My guess is that, in those days, there were no real batches as we know for later models but that's just a guess.
    Also in that research, the usually accepted date for the first Leica II is Feb 1932 (1st of February?), but this model was presented on March in the Leipzig fair of 1932 and I've even read some references (in this forum) about model II in August 1931.
    So any comment, suggestion, source of information etc. would be very much appreciated.
    Best regards,
    Augusto

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from frame-it in Nickel Hektor?   
    Very interesting and certainly not a boring lens. Could be all sorts of stories around the chrome/black/nickel finish. The experts will hopefully have some answers. Good to know there are younger people out there interested in these things.
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Keith (M) in Summaron 35   
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Mech-Dragon in Nickel Hektor?   
    Very interesting and certainly not a boring lens. Could be all sorts of stories around the chrome/black/nickel finish. The experts will hopefully have some answers. Good to know there are younger people out there interested in these things.
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    Pyrogallol reacted to Mech-Dragon in Nickel Hektor?   
    Hello! I think this is one of my first ever forum posts on here. I love browsing this site!
    So a few years ago I had a couple who were friends of mine going through a house that they inherited, due to the guy's father passing away. They were cleaning it all up and they handed me this lens one night we were hanging out and asked me what it was. I was surprised to see it was a Leica lens, a little 13.5cm f/4.5 Hektor. They told me I could keep the lens if I did a small family photoshoot with them. I agreed, and they got some nice photos and I kept the little Hektor. I wasn't really fond of the 135mm focal length, and I saw it really needed an internal cleaning. So I stowed it away in the back of my camera cabinet, and it has sat there since then.
    Since then, I've gotten far more into Leica and went form owning a IIIa, to the IIIa + black/nickel II + some M bodies and a variety of lenses. I'm a huge fan of history, and I collect cameras (more than just Leica) because they are fun to use, or are quirky and can tell a story from their time period. I am only in my 20s, so I didn't exactly grow up with any of this stuff either. I was reorganizing my little camera cabinet and found the Hektor in the back of the shelf, sitting there. I took it out and gave it a look, and for whatever reason only just now noticed it wasn't a chrome lens. I guess I didn't look at it that closely? It's definitely nickel plated. 
     

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! Apparently my phone file sizes are way too big, so the rest of the pictures I dumped into a Flickr album : https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzH7kz
    Sorry, they're quick snaps with my cell phone.
    Anyways, the serial number for this lens is 575643. Which, according to Leica Wiki, means it was produced in 1941. It was supposedly in a batch of 'black.gray' (??) of 1,000 units. I know serial numbers can be weird, and this isn't a gray painted lens. This lens does have the focus barrel as the same as a black paint, being black and chrome. The tripod mount has nickel plated screws but looks chrome. The lens flange on the bottom looks chrome plated. There is some wear that shows straight brass underneath the nickel plating. The aperture range is older, and goes : 4.5, 6.3, 9, 12.5, 18, 25, and 36.  The lens elements are coated. The aperture ring looks like black paint and shows brassing underneath.
    According to the little serial number list, there's none that show up as a whole batch of nickel plated Hektors. The year makes it a war-time production which is interesting. Maybe it was nickel plated afterwards? Maybe it was stripped down to nickel from a chrome plating? All the engravings on the lens are filled with black, and look original (or at least very well done). I'd love some input on this interesting, 'boring' lens. Please let me know if you'd like any other pictures!
    Thank you!
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Sonja Sullivan in Leica M3 Vancouver   
    I swopped five lenses for my 1691*** 1959 first version at Christmas and in the new year swopped 21 lenses and cameras for a 1964 second version lens.
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    Pyrogallol reacted to jerzy in Leica CL in the cold?   
    film spool is one the problems with CL from the first batch (below 1 35x xxx), it will work however with workaround as Pyrogallol described. Film spool design was changed later, left one the photo below.

    Hello guest! Please register or sign in to view the hidden content. Hallo Gast! Du willst die Bilder sehen? Einfach registrieren oder anmelden! More serious problem with the first batchis  weak or missing patch in rangefinder, result of corrosion of silvering on one small prism. And replacement prisms are scarce, old-new-stock only. It is worth to check condition of rangefinder when considering purchase of CL from the first batch
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    Pyrogallol reacted to Tom R in Who shoots only film?   
    I have two M4-P's and a variety of Leitz lenses spanning 28mm to 90mm. I also have an M8.2 that I purchased several years ago to enable me to use those lenses for "client" work, meaning things that had to be done quickly and delivered digitally. 
    I retired several years ago and have the time to work on my projects. I experimented with mixing analog and digital images, using the digital camera and Capture One to work with color images and the analog equipment for black and white. 
    Turns out that most, if not all, of the images that I find myself using are analog--digitized as necessary.
    I learned photography in high school, back in the 1970's. I used Nikon and Leica cameras since that time, and, until retiring have processed by own film; naturally, I am comfortable with analog process/workflow. In these last few years, I've become pretty good with scanning---after all, I needed to digitize many of those older images. If I need to do make digital images, I find very little difference in what gets made between using a quality consumer-grade camera (such as a Lumix), or even an iPhone for that matter. Yes, it's true that putting older glass on the M8.2, after swapping filters, taking the 1.3 crop factor into account, etc., makes nice images. But, color images made with any high-quality color film are just a good ... maybe better depending upon one's criteria.
    Because I have the luxury of time and the freedom to create my own work, I most often use film.
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Anbaric in LTM 5cm: Elmar f/3.5 and Summicron collapsible   
    Better than a turret finder is the Tewe zoom design. Again I have two, one goes from 35mm to 135mm, the other goes upto 200mm.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from LocalHero1953 in Third party viewfinder options   
    I have Leica, Canon and Zeiss 28mm finders. I quite like the Canon, which I am just about to use.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from LocalHero1953 in LTM 5cm: Elmar f/3.5 and Summicron collapsible   
    Better than a turret finder is the Tewe zoom design. Again I have two, one goes from 35mm to 135mm, the other goes upto 200mm.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Trennhüpfer in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from Trennhüpfer in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
    Tried adding a bit of colour to the kettles, they were covered in multiple paint splashes.
    And another 3 picture, taken a few days ago, Leica 3c, wartime, with 50mm V-Summicron. Printed yesterday on the same paper., added a bit of red watercolour as the blocks are freshly painted in bright red. Remembered this time not to have the print developer or fixer too warm so that the emulsion does not dissolve away in the dish.
    Had to load up these pictures one at a time.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from handgun in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from handgun in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
    Tried adding a bit of colour to the kettles, they were covered in multiple paint splashes.
    And another 3 picture, taken a few days ago, Leica 3c, wartime, with 50mm V-Summicron. Printed yesterday on the same paper., added a bit of red watercolour as the blocks are freshly painted in bright red. Remembered this time not to have the print developer or fixer too warm so that the emulsion does not dissolve away in the dish.
    Had to load up these pictures one at a time.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from stephan54 in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
    Tried adding a bit of colour to the kettles, they were covered in multiple paint splashes.
    And another 3 picture, taken a few days ago, Leica 3c, wartime, with 50mm V-Summicron. Printed yesterday on the same paper., added a bit of red watercolour as the blocks are freshly painted in bright red. Remembered this time not to have the print developer or fixer too warm so that the emulsion does not dissolve away in the dish.
    Had to load up these pictures one at a time.

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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from robert_parker in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
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    Pyrogallol got a reaction from robert_parker in Barnack's Monthly for March 2022 is "Three"   
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