Leica I Mod.A Anastigmat, no. 239, 1925

Leica I Mod.A Anastigmat, no. 239, 1925
Leica I Mod.A Anastigmat, no. 239, 1925 — Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica

Authentic Leica model A with Anastigmat lens in extremely rare original condition. Export version with distance scale in feet, engraved “Germany”. Complete with first version ETRIN case in “EPI” leather style, matching early FODIS rangefinder no. 2381, original slotted type take-up spool, twin cassette container and early FISON sunshade, cap.

The “Anastigmat” Leica is historically important and in high demand among collectors. To find an example in original condition is particularly difficult today, as many of such early Leica cameras were later upgraded into more recent models.

Several versions of the Leica model A were produced, which differ primarily in their respective built-in lenses. The Leica model A with 5-element 50 mm Anastigmat f/3.5 lens represents the first version of a regular production Leica camera, as it was first introduced to the public at the Leipzig Spring Fair in 1925. Only about 155 of these cameras were built and delivered in 1925 (production started with number 126, the 0-Series cameras bearing numbers from 101-125).