Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/08

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica III c
From: frederic Surget <>
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 23:17:32 +0000

I also got the Leica IIIc with Summitar lens. I would appriciate any comment
regarding the performing quality of the system. What can I expet from such a
lens ? Would it be worth using from time to time, or even working harder
with it ? 
Thank you all, 

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> From: Nathan Wajsman <> 
> To: 
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica III c 
> Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 13:11:29 +0200 
>Hi Chris,
>I just bought the Leica Pocket Guide this morning, and this is my first use
>that neat little book! It says that production of Leica IIIC recommenced in
>1946 with serial numbers starting at 400001. Production volumes are 5000 in
>1946 and 15000 in 1947. Based on that, you camera should be from 1947.
>It is more difficult for the lens. As clues you can look at the smallest
>aperture: if it is f12.5 you have a pre-war lens, f16 is post-war. But
>substantial numbers were produced *during* the war, and the book does not
>the exact year of the change.
>I cannot help with price info.
>By the way, do you live in Wroclaw?
>Krzysztof Szecowka wrote:
>> I have recently got the Leica IIIc with Summitar 5cm/2 collapsible lens.
>> The serial numbers are: body - 406710 and lens - 563775. Who can help me
>> estimate the production year and the price I can reasonably pay for this
>> beauty. The body is in very good condition (only few scratches and
>> abrasions of chrome, no indents). The lens is cristall clear with smooth
>> distance ring operation and the original lens cap. The shutter works
>> perfectly.
>> Chris
>> P.S. Marc, are you there?