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Leica II

Oh how ironic that I captured this shot with an iPhone... This Leica II is a beautiful camera. Read more here: cameraquest.com/leica2.htm

 

My friend and owner of this awesome piece of photographic engineering writes:

 

It was Leica’s first system camera with interchangeable lenses and a built in rangefinder.

 

Oskar Barnack must have been an incredible design engineer who knew what he wanted to achieve with his design principles and stuck to them.

 

Amazing that this 80 year old, 100% mechanical camera is still working today as Oskar intended.

 

No running out of batteries; no freezing up in cold weather although apparently it has been reported that the films broke inside the camera at -30 degrees as they were too brittle when wound on at those extremely low temperatures.

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Taken on March 26, 2013