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Leica II Black 1932 35mm Rangefinder with Nickel Leica Elmar 50mm f3.5


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Overall condition: 8/10 Refurbished and Serviced (CLA'd )

Body s/n: 78558

Lens s/n: 125088 


The Model II is the first coupled rangefinder Leica; it remained in production until 1948. The finish was either black and nickel, black and chrome or chrome. Early models show some variations compared to later models: This model in partiular has been confirmed as a 1932 production number.



f3.5, 50 mm Elmar, iris diaphragm to f18, continental iris scale. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount. Serial no. 95411 .


Focal-plane, speeds 1/20 - 1/500, Z. Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind.


Vulcanite covered metal body. 


36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm cine film held in cassette, film is re-wound into cassette.


Helical, scale to 3.5 feet.


Coupled rangefinder, swing prism type, double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder. 
Auto-stop on film advance coupled to shutter. Film advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter

Leica 50mm f3.5 Elmar lens


The LEICA ELMAR 50/3.5 was so good that it allowed 35mm cameras to make big prints as sharp as the popular 8 x 10" cameras of the era.

This is the lens that was so good that it established 35mm as the world's most popular format, a format which both lives today and which spawned the 24 x 36mm "full-frame" digital format.

Even the ancient, uncoated 1934 version I tested here works great. It's not as sharp under the microscope as the SUMMICRON, but nothing else is, either.



4 elements in 3 groups.

Not a Tessar; claimed to be a Cooke triplet variant.

Uncoated 1925-1944, then coated from 1946-1961.

The 1934 sample seen here is uncoated.

 Focal Length      


Close Focus

1 meter (3.3 feet).




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Collections: Rangefinder

Type: 35mm Film Camera

Vendor: Leica

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