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  1. Hello, The exposure dial on my 1951 black dial Leica IIIf is misaligned. This doesn't seem to have any bad effects, I just need to remember that the operating exposure is at about, say, 7 o'clock instead of next to the little arrow on the shoe (at 9 o'clock). But it would be kind of nice to have it line up properly. I read a post elsewhere in which someone suggested 1. setting the exposure to 'B' (because it's the most easily identifiable), 2. loosening the three screws which hold the exposure dial tight, 3. rotating the dial until 'B' is at 9 o'clock, and finally 3. tightening it all back up. But those three screws aren't there on my camera, just three little holes! And yet it works. Without lifting the dial, it's impossible to rotate the dial clockwise. It's possible to rotate it anti-clockwise a short distance, but it just springs back to where it was when you let it go. To change the exposure setting you lift the dial... I mean, I know you know all that, my point is just that it works like that even without the screws. Which is great, who cares about screws? But it is preplexing, and it means I can't realign the dial. Or is there another way? Let's leave aside taking it to a repairer, I already know that that's the best way, but, you know, if there was something easy... Thanks, Ben
  2. Having recently purchased an Industar-50 f3.5, I have an issue regarding focussing. When set to infinity, it doesn't focus correctly, seemingly needing a slight turn beyond infinity. Also when trying to focus on objects at 0.65m (the minimum focal distance of this lens), I need to stand about 1m away to focus properly. I don't know if it's a problem with the camera or the lens. Any suggestions?
  3. Having recently purchased a IIIf from ebay for £109, I was naturally excited at the prospect of becoming a Leica owner. However, I was advised by the seller that there is an issue with the advance knob making a clicking sound just before it completes a full rotation, sometimes not making a full rotation at all. On investigating the issue, I've found that when the slow speed dial is set to 30 (where it locks into place), the problem vanishes and it works apparently flawlessly. However, when the slow speed dial is set to another number, the problem increases to a point where, when set at 1 or 10, the camera stops short of a complete advance and would require excessive force to turn further. And, of course, the shutter stops short (as seen in the photo). Am I doing something wrong or is there a mechanical issue?
  4. Hi folks. I'm looking at buying a iiif as my first Leica, but it doesn't matter how much I google I can't seam to see an indication on how big the eyepieces are and only one or two blurred pics looking through the rangefinder bit. I wear glasses sp don't know if anything really small would be any good, and I've never handled one, only an M years ago in the late 90's at a Focus show on Birmingham. I've also been looking at Canon IVsb's as well (with the option of using Leica LTM lenses) as they show 1.1 with built in magnification for other lenses. Even looked into Canon P for the bigger viewfinder and LTM mount, but they are mostly in Japan at a decent price. The thought of owning a Leica keeps bringing me back to the iiif though (iiig is too expensive for me at the min). I love the compact nature of my Fuji X-Pro2 but it isn't a proper rangefinder, and I've gone off my Nikon D3s as its too heavy to cart around so I'll probably end up selling it before the prices plummet any more (which will bring me into M territory). Can anyone take a few pics of a iiif viewfinder next to a penny or similar to give me an idea of size, and maybe a few pics from a camera phone showing the rangefinder split screen and viewfinder please.
  5. i accidentally pressed the shutter [was cocked] of my iiif while removing it from my coat pocket, the lens cap was on..am curious how many turns of the rewind knob would equal 1 frame ?
  6. Hallo Freunde der analogen Fotografie, seit einer Weile fotografiere ich nun schon analog, erst mit einer Canon AE1 und jetzt mit einer Olympus OM1, da ich vollmechanische Kameras mehr mag, so kommt es auch, dass ich mir jetzt eine alte Leica zulegen will. Da mein Budget als Schüler begrenzt ist und ich Schraubleicas bald schöner als dass M-System finde, habe ich meine Suche auf die IIIF, IIIC und IIIG eingegrenzt, wobei die IIIG auch schon fast zu teuer ist. Dazu soll es noch ein schönes Elmar, Summitar oder sogar Summicron sein. Da ich Händlern generell mehr vertraue bin ich auf 2 Angebote gestoßen: Leica IIIC mit Summitar 50mm f/2 und Beli für 500€: https://www.meister-camera.com/de/gebraucht/5297/leica-iii-c Leica IIIF VLW mit Elmar 50mm f/2 für 445€: https://www.leica-store-muenchen.de/de/gebraucht/15166/leica-iiif-vlw-3550mm Ich weiß wirklich nicht, welches Angebot ich nehmen soll, da beide Kameras ziemlich gleich sind (Der Blitzanschluss der IIIF ist mir egal). Die IIIC hat halt noch einen Belichtungsmesser und das bessere Objektiv für Naturlichtfotografie, jedoch, hat Sie kein Rückgaberecht, der Zustand ist schlechter (das Chrome blättert ab), sie hat Selbstauslöser (eigentlich ein cooles Feature, was jedoch kein Muss ist) und ich habe von vielen gehört, dass es nur selten ist, dass man ein Summitar ohne Kratzer findet, da dass Glas sehr weich ist. Objektiv und Kamera sind beide von ca. 1949/50. Die IIIF hat an sich ein (licht-)schwächeres Objektiv (ist das ein großer Unterschied?), keinen Belichtungsmesser (welchen ich eigentlich nicht wirklich brauche, jedoch ist dieser ganz nett) und ist ein Umbau (was nicht unbedingt schlecht ist?). Jedoch hat der Body einen besseren Zustand, die Kamera hat ein Rückgaberecht und ist 50€ günstiger. Der Body ist auch so von 1949/50, von dem Objektiv kenne ich aber Jahr, was auch bedeuten könnte, dass es keine Vergütung hat. Ich gehe bei beiden Kameras davon aus, dass ich sie noch justieren lassen muss, dazu will ich sie für 120€ zu Oleg Khalyavin schicken, hat da jemand Erfahrung? Schon mal vielen Dank im Vorraus für eure Antworten! Max
  7. Hallo, ich habe eine Ja/Nein Frage für euch. Ich bin drauf und dran mir eine IIIF oder eine IIIG zu kaufen. Ich bin auf zwei Konfigurationen mit dem gleichen Elmar 50mm f/3,5 gestoßen. Die Frage die sich mir nun stellt, ist, ob sich ein Aufpreis von 200€ von der IIIF zur IIIG und Features wie der größere Sucher wirklich lohnt? LG
  8. is this a collapsible viewfinder ? does it have a Code name ?
  9. Hello everyone! I'm new to the leica film cameras but I came up a rather very nice iiif in great condition which comes with a summarit 50mm f1.5 going for about $550. This sounded like a pretty good deal to me, however, upon closer inspection the lens seemed to have a lot of haze (not sure about fungus) as when I performed the light test there were specks everywhere. It seemed to be internal and in the second glass?? Not sure how to fix it or if I even can, also the focus ring was pretty stiff (but that isn't a deal breaker or anything). Like I said, the body of the camera was in very good condition however the lens is my biggest concern. As most of you are owners/experts and such please help me out and let me know if this is a good deal or not. Thanks, Ashley
  10. Hi guys I'm totally new here and I just bought my first Leica at an antique store of all places and it works and looks great and I actually got to speak with the original owner who says he bought it new in 1956 which is awesome and I picked it for $330 bucks. I've done some research the past few days and it is a red dial self timer with the serial no. 723996. And this is where I'm very confused... I looked up the serial numbers on your wiki Here and it says the range between no. 713001 and no. 729000 mean it is a "Leica IIIf Vorlauf ELC (EI+ELW.RD)" which to my knowledge means it is a Leica IIIf with a self timer (Vorlauf), from Ernst Leitz Canada (ELC), with Esercito Italiano (EI) (Don't know what that means), and Ernst Leitz Wetzlar (ELW), and RD for red dial. I'm just very confused with all this because it seems to contradict itself being that it says it's both from Canada and Wetzlar Germany? My camera is engraved Leica, DBP, Ernst Leitz, GMBH, Wetzlar, Germany. (Commas meaning where a new line begins) Any help would be amazing (Moderated) I will attach a couple pictures. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55196414/Leica%20IIIf%20723996/DSC02424.jpg https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55196414/Leica%20IIIf%20723996/DSC02430.jpg https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55196414/Leica%20IIIf%20723996/DSC02431.jpg
  11. Sometimes when you're a middle-aged fogey, the magnified finder of the iiif does the trick. It's also small enough to be an every day portable carry...perfect for, when out of the blue, a bizarre sunset happens upon you, ( and 30+million other people in the city). Imperial Palace Tokyo. July 2015. Leica iiif 5cm Summarit screw. Fuji Natura 1600iso
  12. Hallo, Ich habe eine leica IIIf, welche einmal nach fokussiert werden müsste. Ich habe bereits mit leica telefoniert um einen ungefähren Preis zu erfragen, jedoch war die Antwort es gäbe keine pauschale Preise, daher auch kein Info. Vielleicht kann mir hier jemand weiter helfen und mir sagen wie viel so etwas ungefähr kosten würde?! lg
  13. The Summarit 5cm f/1.5 is one of those "You never know what will happen" lenses at night with any light source near the frame. This young lady from Boise, ID was kind enough to pose in the cold while I clumsily framed and focus this shot with the gorgeous little iiif. Portra 400. Leica iiif. Summarit 5cm f/1.5. f/1.5 1/10sec [ATTACH]304240[/ATTACH]
  14. I'm in love, folks. My IIIf + Summiron f/1.5 finally came back from DAG (only 8 months!) It's an amazing piece of craftsmanship, photographic heritage... and a real pleasure to use! For valentine's day, I put together a little "camera porn" video to ignite the passion in our hearts: [ATTACH]300494[/ATTACH]
  15. Last year I ran across a roll of developed Panatomic-X in a box and what I saw on it made me unpack my film scanner and scan a few images. They are shots of me and my generally homemade film developing equipment in the basement of our house in Southern Illinois. I was 16 yrs old and a Junior in high school. I called the business 'Custom Photo Labs' and because I gave 24-hour service on B&W it soon outgrew the basement and became a family business and got state-of-the-art Pako photofinishing equipment and moved into a building. The second image is the last on the roll, of me tweaking the S.U.'s on my "route car" with which I daily picked up and delivered films to drugstores in neighboring towns. We eventually had every drugstore between Carbondale, IL and Terre Haute, IN. [Taken in late 1960, Leica IIIf, 50 Summarit f/1.5, Braun strobe.] [ATTACH]164232[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]164233[/ATTACH] Before I totaled it, rebuilt it, then totaled it for sure, I had fitted a Judson blower, Abarth pipes, Nardi wheel. It was black with red leather and wire wheels. My first car.
  16. Guess who took their IIIf to the zoo! This is the colorful Golden Lion Tamarin, an endangered species, from the tropical rain forest canopy along Brazil's Atantic coast. "Golden Lion Tamarins get their name from their beautiful soft fur, which is gold from head to tail. The circle of hair around their faces resembles a lion's mane. When first sighted, during the voyage of Magellan, they were thought to be small cats that looked like monkeys, instead of small monkeys that look like cats. GLTs are among the 10% of mammals who are monogamous and mate for life." Their enclosure was pretty dark and I'm pleasantly surprised this turned out as bright as it did. [Leica IIIf RDST (DAG), Hektor 135mm (SK), 1/100 @ f/5.6, Fujicolor ASA 400, VCII meter, handheld, drugstore develop and scan to CD, ever so slightly sharpened in PS4, no other mod--the rest is classic Barnack!] [ATTACH]168022[/ATTACH]
  17. Thomas Edison's Ft. Myers, Florida laboratory, where he and his wife wintered from 1886 to 1930 and he tried to synthesize or find a natural source of rubber. Leica IIIf, Summaron 35/3.5, Kodak Portra 160NC, 1/5 sec @ f/11, drugstore develop and scan to CD, Nik Silver Efex Pro Sepia 2, burnt edges, this is a crop of about half of the negative. (Taken 13 Apr 2010) This is wild, I used to have an old 5x7 B&J and this shot looks just like it--only with a 35mm! [ATTACH]198333[/ATTACH]
  18. Sachen gibts !? Da tropft einem der Zahn : 200421973681 in der Bucht, und die anderen Angebote, alles tolle Sachen für meine IIIf, wenn das bloß nicht so teuer wäre. Übrigens, ich habe keine persönlichen Interessen daran, möchte nur daß ihr mitleidet. Gruß, Philipp
  19. Hallo zusammen, ich bin neu hier und ich besitze von meinem Opa eine alte Leica, gravur: Leica , D.R.P, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Germany, Serienno: 504123 Mir wurde gesagt es handele sich um eine Leica IIIf- stimmt das? Ich wollte auf Nummer sicher gehen und dachte mir ich frag hier im Forum nach. Schon mal vielen Dank, Stephie
  20. Another type of negative photography. Leuven, Belgium, iiif, Summitar 50, Fomapan 100, Fomadon LQN Thanks for looking!
  21. My kit: Hi, Leica friends, my wife and I are going on our first European vacation and I am going to take my IIIf and IIIg and some lenses. I will be shooting Portra 160NC, Fuji Pro 160S and FujiPro 160C, a total of 20 rolls which I will take with me. I figure ASA 160 should survive the X-ray machines? We will be traveling with carry-on luggage only and will be on two flights, Tampa, Florida to London, then in a little over two weeks, Zurich back to Tampa. We will be staying in London, Paris, Nice (Monte Carlo), Rome (Vatican), Florence, Maranello, Bellagio, Zurich, most of the time traveling by Eurorail. Are there X-ray inspections at the borders of these countries for customs I should plan for? I'm an ex-1960s race driver and I plan to visit Silverstone and the Lotus factory, Le Mans, Monte Carlo GP site, Mille Miglia sites, Monza, and the Ferrari and Maserati factories and museums in Maranello and Modena. Also I want to do a "007" and play the Casino in Monte Carlo--do they allow cameras? My wife is more cultured than I and will be taking me to all the museums and galleries we can fit in along the way--and there are many. How strict are they about cameras? I'm taking my Summarit for available light in museums and night street shots. As well the carbon-fiber Benro C169 "Travel Angel" tripod http://www.benro.com/products_details_TRCB169.html#3 because I want to make every shot count. We've already scheduled a few small tours in each location but mostly we're on our own and she did all the planning and scheduling. I know we just have barely enough time to shoot the iconic sites in these famous cities and chronicle this once-in-a-lifetime trip for us. My wife's 70th birthday will occur while we're in Florence and I plan to photo her topless on the Riveria where she will put all the other girls to shame. While planning for this trip--which once again I'm turning into a photo vacation--I learned that at each major tourist site we will be in a den of thieves! How disappointing. So I purchased a lot of "armored" accessories to take along--camera case, straps, duffle bag, etc. These are made by Pacsafe Anti-theft Travel Bags and Accessories . Hopefully they will think my equipment is too old to bother with! I am really worried about getting my film fogged. Are there any 1-hour film developing stores in London, Paris, Nice, Rome, or Zurich? I just want the films developed, I have a Dimage Scan Elite 5400 at home and can do the rest. Well, that's it for now, I'll wait for comments. Am I being foolhardy shooting film with my DAG CLA'd LTMs on this trip? Will the film survive? Should I be more discreet and just take one body and two or three lenses--like the IIIg with 35 Summicron ASPH, 50 Summarit, and 90 Elmarit? Thanks for your input and please don't make too much fun of me for my big plans. I just love my Leicas and the pictures they give me and I don't want to leave them at home, not on this trip. Don
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