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Hello everyone! Just recently I came upon a wonderful set of the Leica IIIC together with 3 (seemingly in mint condition) lenses. The SN of the camera itself is 374588 and the only information I could gather is that it was manufactured in 1940. More about the lenses - elmar 3,5 cm, summitar 5cm, SN 559993, thambar 9cm SN 540124. There are some more additional bits and bops in the set. I tried to make my own research but couldn't find much on the internet. Can any of you, professional Leica users/keen fans let me know more about the history of these items? I am more curious other than anything.
Hello to everybody I'm new at the leica forum - up to now my only practical experience with Leicas was my mothers "Leica III", equipped with a simple Elmar 3.5/ 50mm. I did use it at the age of 15 in school ... to take pictures of the girls . - That's how i came into photography. At the age of 17 i changed to Minolta (Leitz was simply too expensive for me), and i never used the Leica III any more. Some days ago, however, i found a Thambar 9 cm 1:2,2 at a local "garage sale". When i saw it, i thought it might be nice as a portrait lens, even though there was some fungus inside. Otherwise the glass was without any damage. I decided to buy it, since it was just about 100$. Now my question: Does anyone here know how to dismantle / clean the Thambar? Before starting the work, i'd like to collect as much information as possible ... Thanks for any help, drawings (eg lens cross-section) and suggestions. Stephan