Leica IIIg - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Leica IIIg

1957

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.

Wetzlar

West Germany

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Lens:
f2, 5 cm Summicron, iris diaphragm to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount. Serial no. 1091455 (1953).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B, T. (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000). Speeds are varied by delaying the second blind. Delayed action. Flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Vulcanite covered metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical, scale to 3.5 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing prism type, double image. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder, frame outlines for 50 mm and 90 mm lenses. Parallax correction.
Auto-stop on film-advance coupled to shutter. Film-advance tensions shutter. Exposure counter.

Serial Number:
969676 .

With:

  • f3.5, 35 mm Summaron, iris diaphragm to f22. Focus to 3.5 feet. Depth-of-field scale. With lens cap and rear cap. Plastic case. Serial no. 883311 (1951).
  • f4.5, 13.5 cm Hektor, iris diaphragm to f32. Focus to 5 feet. Depth-of-field scale. With lens cap and rear cap. Serial no. 1609867 (1958).
  • Lens cap for Summicron. Lens hood for 5 cm and 3.5 cm lenses.
  • Visoflex 1. 5x vertical finder. Version with shorter body, compact eye-piece optics and straight knurling. 45 degree finder for reflex housing. In box. 90 degree, finder for reflex housing. Cable connector, this between the shutter release on the camera and Visoflex.. Serial no. 18313.
  • Short focusing mount to attach the 13.5 cm Hektor lens head to a Visoflex 1. Focus to 5'.
  • Universal view-finder for 3.5, 5, 8.5, 9, 13.5 cm lenses. Serial no. 50255. In leather case.
  • E39 size filters - UV, in case. Yellow 1. Green, GGR, in case. Light blue, unmarked mount. Dark blue, unmarked mount. Adapter ring to use E39 filters on A36 lenses. Adapter ring to use Summitar filters on E39 lenses.
  • Two, late model 'N' film cassettes in black plastic containers.
  • Instruction book. Pamphlet on the IIIg. Ever-ready case. Omnica 100 outfit case.

The g series was the last of the screw-mount Leicas and was introduced after the M3 with bayonet mount. An improved view-finder with bright-line frames for 50 mm and 90 mm lenses was incorporated. Shutter speed calibrations were changed to be in geometric progression which made it easier to transfer meter readings. The height of the camera was increased slightly compared to the f series. The knurling on the film-advance knob differs between early and later models. This is a late model of the 13.5 Hektor with non-rotating focusing mount and E39 filter mount.

Code Names:
GOOMI - Camera. HEFAR - 13.5 Hektor. SOONC - 35 mm Summaron. VIHOO - Universal view-finder. HOOIV - UV filter. HOOBE - Yellow filter 1. HOOFG - Green filter. SOOGZ - E39 filters on A36 lenses. SOOQR - Summitar filters on E39 lenses. ITDOO - Lens hood. OZYXO - Visoflex 1. LVFOO - 5x vertical finder. OZXVO - Cable connector. PEGOO - 45 degree finder. PAMOO - 90 degree finder. IXMOO - cassettes. ENOOR - ERC. ZOOAN - 13.5 cm short focusing mount.

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