Leica II Mod. D black, early production, 1932

Leica II Mod. D black, early production, 1932
Leica II Mod. D black, early production, 1932 — Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica

Early Leica II camera from the first production year, matching nickel 11'o clock Elmar 3.5/50mm lens.

Introduced in 1932 with a built-in rangefinder and 50mm viewfinder, standardized interchangeable lenses (besides the stock 50mm Elmar) and lens choices ranging from 35 to 135, it was the first 35mm system camera.

The "O" mark on the lens mount indicated it could take standardized Leitz lenses, unlike the early interchangeable Leicas which had to use lenses matched to that individual body.