By ashley12234Hello 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.
By StefLindequeUsed Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH., black anodized finish (11671)
Less than a year old, very clean and in excellent working condition with only a few small scratches on the lens hood, see pictures. Glass is perfect, clear and free of scratches, haze, fungus or dust. Buyer pays shipping.
Compact and extremely lightweight
Close focus distance 0.8m
Floating lens elements
46mm filter mount
Weight: 197 g
Made in Germany
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH., black anodized finish
1 year international warranty remaining
Rear and front lens cap
By strandgutFor sale is an immaculate 35mm Summarit. Comes with original front cap and pouch. No other accessories. In perfect working order and mint condition. Purchased it in a bundle but I do not need the lens. Paypal payment possible, also collection in Hamburg. Feel free to ask questions. No shipping outside EU.
By willeicaHere is a copy of a page from the 1938 Leica Catalogue coming from a dealer in Dublin and altered by hand to reflect prices increases and new models which were available around 1949. For example, IIIb becomes IIIc, but the model change does not really account for the huge increases in price. In 1939 a IIIb with Summar cost £43, but in 1949 a IIIc with Summar cost £86, an increase of 100%. This cannot be just explained by the change in model from 'b' to 'c'. In 1938 a IIIb with Xenon cost £59-6-0 and in 1949 an equivalent IIIc with Summarit cost £98-10-0. The war had obviously caused inflation effects and wage increases and material prices and shortages would also have had an impact. The dealer in this case was largely an optician business and I suspect that the supply to Dublin may have been from the Leitz office at 20 Mortimer Street in London. At that time the Irish pound was linked on a one for one basis with Sterling. Any information on British prices in the post war period would be welcomed. There may have some tariff differences by that time.
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US and European price increases over that period would also be interesting.
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