'Leica IIIa' camera, made by Leitz, 1935-1950.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Leica IIIa' camera, made by Leitz, 1935-1950.

Thompson, Paul

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A chrome finish Leica IIIa fitted with a Xenon F1.5 50mm lens which, it was claimed, was 75% faster than the conventional Summar F2 lens. This camera has a coupled rangefinder and a focal plane shutter with speeds 1/20 to 1/1000 of a second and (on the slow speed dial) 1 second to 1/20 of a second. The Leica (Leitz camera) was developed by Oskar Barnack (1879-1936) while head of the experimental department at the Leitz company in Germany. The 'Leica I' was released to the public in 1925.



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