Leica IIIg black “Swedish Military” camera, 1960

Leica IIIg black “Swedish Military” camera, 1960
Leica IIIg black “Swedish Military” camera, 1960 — Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica

lack paint variants of Leica cameras from the 1950s are usually versions for press photographers. In one case, however, a military client also decided on the less conspicuous black finish: for the Swedish military Leitz produced 100 Leica IIIf cameras as well as 125 units of the IIIg in satin-finish black paint. The IIIg cameras bore the serial numbers 987901 - 988025 and were additionally engraved with the three “Crowns of Sweden” on the rear side of the top plate. The Elmar 5 cm f/2.8 lenses were finished in silver chrome and engraved with the same emblem.

The showcased camera and lens were both delivered together to the Swedish Leitz agent Brandt in Stockholm on May 25, 1960.