Leica IIIG w/ 5cm F/2.8 Elmar
Up for sale is a Leica IIIG with a 5 cm collapsible Elmar. The serial numbers indicate that the camera and lens date from 1957.
There are no dings or scratches just light wear marks. The speeds seem fine. The range finder is bang on with perhaps the merest hint of vertical mis-alignment. It does have a case of what I call "vulcanitis", you can see that the covering is starting to come off the camera around its base. I've put several rolls through it and it works as well as every other Leica (IIIF & IIIG) that I have owned.
The lens is a little low in contrast wide open but by f/5.6 it renders texture and detail quite impressively. With a flashlight you can see some internal haze and a few very light cleaning marks. The aperture blades are without any signs of oil and work very smoothly as does focussing. Focussing scale is in metres. Comes with Leica lens cap and hood.
39mm Leitz yellow/green filter
Spare 39 mm snap cap
Leitz IROOA lens hood w/ leather case (extra hood)
Prinz film cutting guide
I bought the camera and lens from the original owner who bought it new in Southern Germany in the late 1950s. Soon after he bought the IIIG he bought an M series Leica so this one has probably only ever had about 30 rolls put through it. If I were to keep it I would get it recovered, have a CLA done and look for a Summicron for it. Instead I have decided to sell it and turn the proceeds into film, paper and chemicals as I shoot mostly medium and large format these days.
I'll post as many photos as I can
I want $950 USD for everything listed here. Paypal only and Paypal verified address please. The price also includes insured and tracked shipping to addresses in Canada and the lower 48 US states. For other destinations please inquire. 2% to APUG.
PM me with any questions.
Thanks for looking,
Drooling, really nice, good luck.
Thanks for that!
Originally Posted by fotch
Sometimes I take it out to just look at it.
It's a great conversation starter as well as a great shooter.
I forgot to mention that the deal also includes a recessed rear cap for the Elmar.
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Between fotch and myself I suspect we've made a big mess. I'm looking for a full body bib.
I already have one, but note the 2.8 is the standard lens it came with. The design of this classic is so good that Audi cars once used it in their adverts. You will have no trouble selling this and although I hardly ever use mine I would hate to part with it.
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
The camera does seem to have its fans (droolers!)
Originally Posted by cliveh
I hate to part with it too, but too many cameras.
The cat photo was taken with this IIIG. Scan of an Ilford Warm Tone RC print.
Before selling this elsewhere I'll give it one more try here.
And, I'll sweeten the pot.
1. I'll throw in a 9cm Elmar f/4.
I bought the lens from KEH and it was described as ugly.
As can be seen in the photos there are lots of scratches, abrasions and cleaning marks on the glass.
However the lens works surprisingly well.
It is quite sharp but low in contrast.
There is a hood, a snap cap for the hood and a slip on cap for the lens.
There is no rear cap.
2. I would consider a nice Minolta Autocord and/or a 50 mm AI-S Nikkor (f/1.4, f/1.8 or f/2) in exchange as partial payment for the IIIG.
As before please pm me with any questions.
Last edited by BainDarret; 03-17-2014 at 02:00 PM. Click to view previous post history.