Rangefinder

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…

Leica M Camera Collection “Paul Fusco”, 1958-1987

Leica M Camera Collection “Paul Fusco”, 1958-1987

Paul Fusco (born in Leominster, Massachusetts, 1930), a member of Magnum Photos since 1974, began his career photographing for the U.S. Signal Core during the Korean War. He studied photojournalism at Ohio University and his work has been widely published and exhibited, including exhibitions at…

Leica M Cameras “Ian Berry”, 1962-1967

Leica M Cameras “Ian Berry”, 1962-1967

Ian Berry (born 1934 in England) moved to South Africa in 1952, where he soon taught himself photography. After working for the new African Sunday newspaper eGoli and the Benoni City Times, he soon became more interested in freelance work. In the early 1960s he…

Leica M3 black paint, 1959

Leica M3 black paint, 1959

Often press photographers attach particular importance to an inconspicuous, unobtrusive Leica camera. Instead of shiny silver chrome plating, this version of the Leica M3 is finished in satin matte black paint. Today the black paint versions of the early Leica M models are sought-after collector…

Leica M3 chrome, 1954

Leica M3 chrome, 1954

Serial production of Leica M3 started at serial number 700001. All 800 cameras from the first series (up to 700800) are special inasmuch as they represent the initial production run. If the back door is opened, the shutter crate shows two circular shaped rails as a…

Leitz Noctilux 1.2/50mm, 1968

Leitz Noctilux M 1.2/50mm, 1968

The Leitz 50mm Noctilux f/1.2 lens was the first 35 mm taking lens in the world containing an aspheric element. Leitz Wetzlar optical designers Helmut Frenk and Dr. Paul Sindel were responsible for the optical computation. The lens was introduced in 1966 and was received…

Leica KE-7A “Civilian Version”, 1972

Leica KE-7A “Civilian Version”, 1972

In 1972, a special version of a black chrome finish Leica M4 made in Canada was supplied to the U.S. Military. It was equipped with a lens, the four-element 50 mm Elcan f/2, which was exclusively designed for this camera. The name of this unique…