Leica III Model F

Leica III Modèle F


The Leica III Model F is a camera that was manufactured between 1933 and 1939 in Germany.

It was the first camera of the brand to have slow speeds and the last one to be made with a pressed tube.

It differs from the Leica Model II (manufactured a year earlier) in that it has a new shutter speed, a magnifying lens and welded loops on the sides. Another difference with the previous model is that the yellow glass used to distinguish the two partial images has been removed.

As the rangefinder is coupled to the lens, this allowed all lenses to be focused simultaneously with the distance.

The Leica Model III also has two strap loops in which you can attach carabiner clips to carry the camera over your shoulder.

There are two versions of this camera: one in black and one in chrome.

NB: The Leica III Model F is not to be confused with the Leica III F, which was manufactured in the 1950s.

Technical data

  • Type: rangefinder,
  • Film format: film 135, 24 * 36 mm,
  • Shutter: focal plane, 1s to 1/500s,
  • Lens: Leitz Elmar, f3.5 cm,
  • Flash: built-in, external hot shoe,
  • Power supply: none,
  • Weight: 430g,

Where to find it and at what price?

This is a camera that is rare. You can find it between 300€ and 500€ depending on the condition on websites like Ebay. You can also try specialized flea markets.


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