Lomopedia: Leica III


In 1933, a year after German camera maker Leica introduced the Leica II, it began making the Leica III model. The 35 mm rangefinder was made at first in black, but chrome models were also made from serial number 116,001.

Leica III © SBA73 via Flickr, Image used under Creative Commons license

The Leica III has a coupled rangefinder that is different from the viewfinder. It also has an accessory socket for use with alternate viewfinders, since it's set for use with 50mm lenses; shorter or longer lenses will require a different viewfinder to be attached on the accessory socket.

One of the most popular Leica models, the Leica III was said to be one of the cameras of choice of iconic photographers Stanley Kubrick (during his tenure as a Look staff photographer), Robert Capa (some say he used a Leica III early in his career, yet there are also those also dispute this and say he actually preferred Contax), and Gerda Taro (many say Capa gave her his Leica III.

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Credits: dom_072, schlogoat, ricoinbrooklyn & anushreegavas

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer: Leitz, Inc.
Place of Manufacture: Germany
Date of Manufacture: 1933-39
Focusing System: Coupled rangefinder (39 mm base length); 1.5 x magnification factor; Separate viewfinder (50 mm focal length framing)
Lens Mount: Leica M39 screw mount
Shutter: Horizontal focal plane shutter (cloth); Slow: T, 1 sec, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/20; Fast: 1/30, 1/40, 1/60, 1/100, 1/200, 1/500 sec + Z (B)
Metering System: None built-in
Flash: External cold shoe (no flash synchronization ability)
Film Type: 135 film (35 mm standard)
Battery Type: none

All information for this article was sourced from Camerapedia, Leica III on Wikipedia, and Photoethnography.

Scritto da plasticpopsicle il 2013-07-03 in #gear #35mm #rangefinder #review #lomography #1933 #leica #lomopedia #leica-iii

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5 Commenti

  1. lokified
    lokified ·

    That's cool! And the shots looks great. I found a mutant non-rangefinder version when I was in germany, the Leica If: www.lomography.es/magazine/reviews/2013/01/30/leica-if-the-…

  2. rjschell
    rjschell ·

    The IIIf has flash sync (red dial up to 1/50, black dial up to 1/30). Double exposures are easy - simply wind the rotating shutter dial on the top. I owned one in 1970, traded it in on an M3 in '72, which I used for 30 yrs. until it was stolen. I have recently bought another IIIf on Ebay.

  3. paulm99
    paulm99 ·

    @rjschell I also bought the iiif and it's amazing! But i think i also will exchange it into a M3 in a year :)

  4. gauthierdumonde
    gauthierdumonde ·

    I have two 1938 Leica III's an they are incredible handy. I use zone and hyperfocal focussing because the two viewfinders make it a bit difficult for fast focussing. The camera is very compact and that's just great. I also use an M4, that one has great viewfinder allowing you to focus fast. But it is bigger. It is still a small camera, but the III fits my pocket and the M4 does not.

  5. rafa1745
    rafa1745 ·

    quiero unaaaa

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