Leica IIIC

The Leica IIIc is a 35mm rangefinder camera introduced by Leica in 1940. As an upgrade of the Leica IIIb, the Leica IIIc had important changes:
One piece die-cast body, instead of an assembly of small parts. The cover of the rangefinder is no longer a separate piece.
Improved internal mechanism.
3mm longer than the previous cameras.
Larger release button.
New exposure counter mechanism.

Postwar Leica IIIc (serial number over 400,000): no step under the reverse lever, no knob in the focusing lever for the rangefinder.

The Leica IIIc was made of aluminum with chrome plated brass top plate, base plate and knobs. Some of them had grey paint finish due to the lack of chrome during the war.

It was built from 1940 to 1951 (serial numbers 360,101-525,001) with approx. 131,000 units produced. (Camerapedia)


with 1948 Summitar 5 lens (50 mm) and yellow filter
opened bottom with spool
the sharkskin is like new all around
instructions of how to cut and load the film
with a W-Nikkor.C 35 mm . The "W" is for wideangle
top plate with shutter speeds to 1/1000
number recorded for some mysterious previous owner
OKARO orange filter over the viewfinder
DRP Deutches Reichs Patent! Extrange after WWII . Why not
DBP (Deutsches Bundespatent...Federal German Patent)?
instructions booklet cover


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