Leica

Leitz Stereo Elmar 3,5/3,5cm lens, 1940

Leitz Stereo Elmar 3,5/3,5cm lens, 1940

From 1937 – 1942, Wilhelm Albert designed paired lenses, held in a common focusing mount for stereo-photography. These lenses produced a pair of 18 x 24 mm images within the full 24 x 36 mm frame. A single ring controlled the diaphragm of both lenses.

Leica 72 Canada Midland camera, 1955

Leica 72 Canada Midland camera, 1955

The only half-frame Leica model to go into serial production is the Leica 72. It takes 72 instead of 36 exposures on one regular roll of film. Earliest experimental Leica half-frame cameras date back to the 1940s, when film was scarce and valuable. In the…

Leica M2 black paint “Herbert List”, 1960

Leica M2 black paint “Herbert List”, 1960

Herbert List was born 1903 in Hamburg. He studied literature at the University of Heidelberg. In 1930 he met photographer Andreas Feininger and began taking portraits of friends and shooting still lives, influenced by the Bauhaus and surrealist movements. He used male models, draped fabric,…

Leica M2 black paint, 1958

Leica M2 black paint, 1958

Small quantities of the Leica M2 were also delivered in a black paint finish, mostly for professional photographers. In total, there were only 2,451 pieces, compared to a total production of more than 80,000 units of the Leica M2. Only the very first batch of…

Leica M3 “Franz Hubmann” camera, 1959

Leica M3 “Franz Hubmann” camera, 1959

Personal Leica M3 camera of the famous Austrian photographer Franz Hubmann (1914-2007), single stroke M3 made in 1959 with Summicron 2/35mm lens, with vintage silver print 'Franz Hubmann Self-portrait with Leica' (18x15cm stamped 'Hubmann Wien 13., Witteg.8') c.1960. The camera on the photograph is the…

Leica 250 GG Reporter, 1941

Leica 250 GG Reporter, 1941

The Leica 250 or Reporter was introduced in 1934, bearing serial numbers from 130001 (1934) to 359916 (1953); total production is less than one thousand cameras. The unusually shaped Leica produced 250 photographs on 33 feet of film in special cassettes. The characteristic of the…