Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/09

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Subject: Re: [Leica] IIIc K Cameras
From: Lucien <>
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 17:28:48 +0100
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Marc James Small wrote:

> At 07:43 PM 11/8/01 -0800, Feliciano di Giorgio wrote:
> >Didn't Leica make special "Kalt" versions of LTM cameras (IIIc?) for use
> >on the
> >Eastern Front during the war? I thought the changes to the ball bearings
> >were
> >carried over in to the regular production models, like the IIIf. I'm
> >guessing
> >you would still have to change the luricants though.
> The modifications to the IIIc were mandated NOT by the conditions on the
> Eastern Front but from the conditions in northern Norway but the results
> were the same, the addition of ball-bearing races to the shutter curtain
> rollers in place of the earlier pin-bearings.  These cameras were called
> "K" cameras -- for 'kugellager', or ball-bearings -- and most are so marked
> behind the serial number.

Leitz did the same with some MOOLY-C (motor driven by clockwork for IIIC) ,
making them MOOLY-C K.


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