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  • $16,500.00

SKU: 27004

-Original Midland Leica KE-7A military still picture M4 camera made for the US army in 1972
-Camera serial #1294776
-All black finish
-One of the most sought after cameras and lenses made by Leica ELCAN in Midland.
-Originally made by Leica in the Midland factory for the US army. The US military issued ones are noted with a military identification number below the serial number on the back of the camera and when decommissioned they were scratched off by the military. 
-Very hard to find a military issued example in such wonderful condition
-Has the characteristics and features of a Leica M4 but has a winterized shutter and the body has been sealed against dust and dirt
-Specifically made in very limited production. Only 505 KE-7A bodies ever made in total!
-A specially designed lens with 4 non-cemented air-spaced elements for use in extreme weather conditions and active war zones. Elcan Lens serial #276-0266
-A very special 50mm F2 ELCAN miliatary design lens with the TIGER CLAW metal aperture control and special short optical design 50mm lens.
-Matched with the VERY RARE and often lost C42-LS.39F metal screw on lens shade. 

An incredible camera in many respect and exceptionally RARE and hard to find complete as shown. I have sold a few bodies alone for up to $5000. The lens alone also for up to $10,000 and the lens shade for up to $3000.

To find it complete, no dents, no major use or abuse is very attractive and RARE!

-Inc. Elcan 50mm f2 lens
-4 elements 4 groups
-Lens Cat No. ELCAN (Type 276)
-Body Cat No. KE-7A

-Elcan 50mm f2 lens with original cap
-Leica Elcan C42 metal lens shade

Cosmetics 8.5+/10
-No dings, dents or major marks
-Top plate clean with few faint bright marks but overall very VERY clean!
-Base plate clean with few bright marks
-Leatherette is all intact
-Lugs are clean with modest signs of wear
-Lens barrel is also very nice.

Really for a military camera to be so clean it really is a wonderful!

Mechanics 9/10
-Shutter speeds are accurate
-All camera functions are working normally
-Lens focus is smooth
-Aperture clicks are crisp
-Shutter curtain is light leak free and wrinkle free

Optics 8.5/10
-Rangefinder/viewfinder is bright and clean
-No fog, fungus, separation or scratches in the lens.

I can not stress the beauty and rarity of this camera, lens and shade set. Wonderful and a peice of Leica and world history. This is one of THE Leica cameras to have. A must for any collector or enthusiast. Really a great price as a set considering the individual value and kept together. Fabulous!