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    Leica Luftwaffe IIIc

    I recently picked up this 1941 vintage Leica IIIc on eBay. It has been verified by serial number by Jim Lager as being Luftwaffe issue.

    I am currently restoring the camera and have removed the flash sync. Red curtain is original and still light tight with no stiffness, cracking, or flaking and all speeds are working.

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    Very cool! I'm a bit ashamed to admit that upon seeing the subject line I assumed you were talking about one of those altered Fed's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Smith View Post
    Very cool! I'm a bit ashamed to admit that upon seeing the subject line I assumed you were talking about one of those altered Fed's.
    What's bad is that many people will buy one thinking it's a genuine Leica. I've had several try to sell me a fake only to get mad when I point out it is not real..
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    I admit I don't know (or rather understand) what is so special about that camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    I admit I don't know (or rather understand) what is so special about that camera.
    Well, I can only speak for myself since this is somewhat subjective, but here goes:
    • any working Leica IIIc is nice
    • any quality camera that you know the provenance of is more interesting
    • the fact that it was issued to the Luftwaffe makes it that much more interesting


    In the end it's just a nice camera that can make good pictures, but knowing something of it's history makes it fun to talk about.

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    Some people like to collect old WWII memorabilia, German military Leica's seem to be quite desirable, hence the reason for so many Russian fakes. That particular camera needs restoration.

    I think we touched before on Leitz's anti-Nazi stance, sending their Jewish staff to the Canadian factory, hiding the prototypes of the Leica IV, which became the M series camera etc. So it's ironic the wartime cameras are collectible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    I admit I don't know (or rather understand) what is so special about that camera.
    In reality it's just another Leica IIIc camera but since it has been verified as having been shipped to the Luftwaffe that makes it collectible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leicarfcam View Post
    What's bad is that many people will buy one thinking it's a genuine Leica. I've had several try to sell me a fake only to get mad when I point out it is not real..

    I have three of these fakes, buying them on purpose, knowing that they were once normal FED and Zorki. One of them is good shooter, and I've received offers to buy from people who thought they were real. Is it bad when one of them actually gets mad when I said that it was a fake and not worth buying???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post

    ....I think we touched before on Leitz's anti-Nazi stance, sending their Jewish staff to the Canadian factory....

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    Ian, was there Leitz factory in Canada already during WW2? Weren't the refugees sent to Leitz stores and service centres or even other non-Leitz firms in the Americas instead?
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    You may well be right, the article I read (a few years ago now) said Leitz Jewish workers were sent to work for Leitz in North America. The article mentioned the Canadian plant, but that link may come about later as the plant was founded in 1952.

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