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To begin with I would like to say that this camera is a trophy of World War II and totally original from the moment when my family started use it. So, I have some questions to "Leica specialists" on this forum: 1) Why is the number "№8012", as I know, from Leica IA? 2) As I heard the body of the camera is simillar to II(D), but has lugs for strap from Leica III? 3) Due to my analysis it has Elmar 50mm f/3.5 lens without any marks of Serial Number or stuff like that. So it means that it was made in 1930 or earlier. 4) ??? 5) HELP! And some photo: PHOTO_0252 | Flickr - Ph
In the first 8 years of the Leica camera, aside from a few Gold plated cameras, black paint was the only finish available. Camera "hardware" such as knobs, dials, shutter button and lenses were nickle plated. Leitz had been using nickle plating for microscopes and other products for many years. The match of the black lacquer paint and the bright nickle was quite beautiful. Chrome plating became commercially available in the mid to late 1920. A detailed history is easily found on the internet. The perception that chrome was high quality and the definite improvement in wear properties conv