How to Spot a Fake Leica

There’s a saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when it comes to prestige products like handbags, watches, and cameras, there are whole industries of companies looking to counterfeit those products and sell them as the real thing.  For cameras, the most commonly imitated examples are screw …

Leicaflex (1964)

This is a Leicaflex, a 35mm SLR produced by Ernst Leitz Wetzlar between 1964 and 1968.  It was the first in a series of Leicaflex SLRs that were produced through 1976 using the company’s all new Leica R bayonet lens mount that would continue with the Leica R series through …

Leica Model A (1930)

This is a Leica Model A, made by Ernst Leitz GmbH of Wetzlar, Germany.  The serial number of this particular camera means it was made in 1930, but the earliest Model As were first introduced in 1925.  The Leica Model A is one of the most historically significant cameras ever …

Wehrmacht Leica

Prologue Throughout a large portion of the 20th century, the photographic industry was heavily tied to Germany.  In addition to cameras and lenses, Germany was also tied to a whole list of atrocities committed by it’s government and the Nazi regime. This is a topic that is very sensitive to …

Leica Ic (1950)

What is it? This is a Leica Ic 35mm camera made by Ernst Leitz GmbH from 1950 to 1952.  The Leica Ic was a variant of the earlier Leica IIIc but without a rangefinder, viewfinder, or any slow speeds.  It’s primary purpose was for scientific and specialized photography.  This camera …

Leica M3 (1961)

What is it? This is a Leica M3 35mm rangefinder camera, built by Ernst Leitz GmbH from 1954 to 1966.  It was the first Leica that used the Leica M lens mount, the first Leica with a coincident image rangefinder, and the first Leica with a wind lever.  It is …