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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Parker
    Well here is a picture of a true leica II from Cameraquest, and I will be darned if I can see the difference in the viewfinder you guys are mentioning..

    http://www.cameraquest.com/leica2.htm

    But I do agree, the shutter release looks very simular to the russian shutter releases I have seen on the fakes.

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    I can see the difference, its quite a big difference. The Leica has a raised frame around the VF window, the fake is completely different.


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    You are right about the shutter button. Older Leicas did not have the center threaded for a shutter release cable. The shutter release cable threaded to the outside of the shutter button sleeve.
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    Russian Copy

    The seller has edited the auction page. He says, "I have been informed is a Russian copy..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy K
    I can see the difference, its quite a big difference. The Leica has a raised frame around the VF window, the fake is completely different.
    Andy and others are you talking about the viewfinder window on the front? between the two rangefinder round windows? If so, Now I can see what your talking about..I for some reason thought you guys were talking about the top of the camera..

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    The 'Leica' engraving on the top plate is poorly done, and on a genuine II would be solder filled.
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    Thank you for correcting me erik, I just knew I had that backwards!

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    Thanks for your opinions - I did for a while think this was the rare Leica "Blue Peter" model (for non-UK APUGers, "Blue Peter" is a long-running children's TV program in which children are frequently encouraged to make things from materials which always include sticky-backed plastic).

    It is amazing how much effort people put into refurbishing Russian cameras to look like no Leica ever made and which as far as I am aware no one really wants to buy. For less effort they could actually make the cameras look like Leicas which I am sure would sell better!

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    But David! Real aged Leicas are ugly whereas new imitation Leicas, especially, the ones covered with imitation exotic woods, are objects of great beauty. The real things look their age, are obviously useless. No person of, as they say, discernment and taste would use such a camera. I lack both, so I use old Graphics; my cruddy old cameras seem to me rather like Leicas interpreted by a locomotive manufacturer.

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