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LEICA LEITZ M3 10150 IGEMO CHROME CAMERA BODY TRANSITIONAL #862080 UPGRADED SS

Leica

  • $1,295.00

SKU: 30577
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Description
-Serial #862080
-Made in Wetzlar, Germany in 1957
-Silver chrome finish
-Transitional camera body with all the classic "better built" features, now with the newer 13 speed dial
Rabbit ear lugs
Proper M3 long R rewind lever
Small, double glass eye piece
Matching Serial # on the chassis
1000 ASA film back

My personal favourite and in my opinion, the PINNACLE of Leica from its beginning in 1914 until now.

This camera was factory upgraded by the owner to the SS Single Stroke film advance.
Now has the longer arm and one long advance ( SS Single Stroke ) instead of the shorter arm, double advance mechanism which some prefer to use.

Details
-50/90/135mm frame lines
-0.91x viewfinder
-Cat No. 10150 IGEMO
-Double Stroke Film Advance

Includes
-Body cap
-Flash cap
-Take up spool

Cosmetics 8.5+/10
-No dings, dents or major marks
-Leatherette is original.
-Very faint bright marks on top and bottom plate
A very clean camera.
Lugs are nice and pretty overall!

Mechanics 9+/10
-Shutter curtains are in good condition
Camera functions are working well
Shutter speeds are accurate

Optics 9+/10
-Viewfinder/rangefinder windows are bright and clean

A great history and great features. The M3 is known to be THE BEST rangefinder camera of all time. Nice to have and if you are looking for an M3, the transitional cameras are the best to have with all the great early features.
As Leica later eliminated these features with the introduction and crossover parts and mechanism of the lesser built M2.

A true gem and once you touch & feel, hear the camera, and get to know the qualities of the early features, you will learn and appreciate how wonderful these cameras are.