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I have one. I did run a roll of film through it last month but it would be a stretch to say that I'm "still using" it. I very much like the size of the camera and I also like the lens but just not together. I think I'd rather have the 50 Anastigmat in M mount and have something like a 28 Summaron fitted to the 0-serie body. That would certainly work for me.

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Yes

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Lovely to use as some 100 years ago.

Regularly, I forget to cap the lens before winding the film.

And that thing has such caracters when using it "the modern way" (framing at arm length, point-&-shoot, etc.), I must forget "how to photograph" acquired for decades.

 

Oh not to wind-on too quickly after shoot, or not be able to set another shutter speed

, if required.

 

The best way to practice zen-photography.

 

Same film and the second one take care of metering, if need be

 

 

 

Talking about the lens:

 

The Anastigmat is fix lens, that was the way by then.

 

Seeing the MTF chart of this Anastigmat, I wanted to know if it can be used on Beoon for slide copy...,

Just two screws and there is a separate "fine 50mm" for experimentation,

in use it's not much better than coated Elmar 3.5/50mm

Edited by a.noctilux

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I still use one as a travel camera along with a Ricoh GR.

Use with a SBOOI and Gordy wrist strap.

These days having cameras not larger than a phone saves the hassle of removing them from a bag at airport screening.

 

This camera used must be an under the radar bargain given the latest inflated prices of modern reproduction classic lenses ; hate to imagine what Leica would now charge for a such a camera or just the lens.

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This camera used must be an under the radar bargain given the latest inflated prices of modern reproduction classic lenses ; hate to imagine what Leica would now charge for a such a camera or just the lens.

 

 

Yes, agreed. I think it sold new for £2,000 or so when it came out which was more than the RRP of the Noctilux F1 (around £1,800) and the MP (around £1750 at launch). Just extrapolating from that, I think the 0-serie would cost more than £4,000 if it was introduced now. Possibly more, if the £5,095 price of the new Thambar is any indication.

 

I've often considered selling mine whilst it is still in mintish condition but I reason that they are worth so little on the used market that I'd rather just keep it for those occasional times when I fancy using it.

Edited by wattsy

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I too use the Leica 0 and a Ricoh, but my Ricoh is the GXR-M version allowing me to use my vintage Leitz glass, a 50/2.5 Hektor and 73/1.9 Hektor, both of 1932 vintage, along with some vintage Zeiss 126 Contaflex glass via an adapter. Most of all, when I can manage to get everything right shooting the Leica 0 Series Camera, I love the look I get with the 50 Anastigmat lens, and yes I have far more modern digital cameras but still enjoy my M6, Leica IIIa, IIIc, and If, and the Leica 0 Series cameras.

 

I gave all my 60s vintage Nikon F cameras and lenses to my grandson. He is 19 and his college major is film. I am happy about that, young kids into retro stuff. He was thrilled to get them (the vintage Nikons). I told him when he masters the Nikons, then we will talk about passing my Leica gear on to him... but the Leica 0 will stay with me till the day I die. It will be the last Camera I use.

 

Thank you all for responding. It is interesting and enthusiastic (for me) to read your responses.

 

Don

 

 

I still use one as a travel camera along with a Ricoh GR.

Use with a SBOOI and Gordy wrist strap.

These days having cameras not larger than a phone saves the hassle of removing them from a bag at airport screening.

This camera used must be an under the radar bargain given the latest inflated prices of modern reproduction classic lenses ; hate to imagine what Leica would now charge for a such a camera or just the lens.

Edited by dbledsoe

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Just by coincidence I now have some scans from my recently shot roll of film with this camera. There were a few duff ones where I had forgotten to cap the lens as I wound the film but, camera idiosyncrasies aside, the 50 Anastigmat is a very likeable lens.

 

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So wonderful to see. Thank you!

 

Please people, provide your Leica 0 images. These are incredible cameras. Built from original specifications for us to enjoy today. I am sure Leica lost a good deal of money on the Null series newbuild. Who but us would want one? They will eventually be worth a small fortune so before they succumb to collector treasures let us use them as they were intended to be used...to take pictures!

 

Don

 

 

Just by coincidence I now have some scans from my recently shot roll

of film with this camera. There were a few duff ones where I had forgotten to cap the lens as I wound the film but, camera idiosyncrasies aside, the 50 Anastigmat is a very likeable lens.

 

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I just now stumbled on to this post. I have one (the 2000 version) and use it on occasion when the mood strikes. Here’s a shot from a locomotive at Old Sacramento by the railroad museum there. The film was expired Plus-X; the detail provided by the Anastigmat lens is excellent! As long as I pay attention to the steps, I have no issues with the workflow.

 

 

Cheers, Allan

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I remember when stores were closing them out brand new for $899-..wish I had bought one back then..the lens is supposed to be one of the best..

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It really is an excellent lens... online auctions now have them starting at around $1300 and at least $2000 for the limited Oskar Barnack edition.

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This lovely thread is not in the right section here "M System".

 

My suggestion is to move this thread to "Collectors and Historica" section.

 

The title is not correct as we are talking about "0" Zero Replica of 2000 and not the Real Leica Zero "Null Serie" : https://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/Leica_0

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The title is not correct as we are talking about "0" Zero Replica of 2000 and not the Real Leica Zero "Null Serie" : https://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/Leica_0

 

 

That sounds a bit of mouthful and I'm not sure it is entirely accurate. Without getting too deep into semantics, the product is IMO more of a reissue than a replica. The latter, to me, implies something phoney such as a replica gun whereas this camera is closer in spirit to a new production run by the original manufacturer. In the brochure that comes in the box, Leica describe the camera as the "new edition of the LEICA 0-SERIES camera (their capitalisation). On the box it is called simply Leica 0-serie with a code of 10 500.

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