Leica IIIa

A fine camera. The second camera I bought after the 40D.

  • stephane marco 6y

    No, CarloBambino. It's the first and the best camera (i am joking).
    Very beautiful !
    It' s a llla of 1936/37 with a 5cm Summar.
  • nattens 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Barnack-Type Screw Mount Leicas, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Otto_ 5y

    Wow, that Summar looks to be in excellent condition
  • CarloBambino PRO 5y

    It is in excellent condition. Not mint, but it has just the right amount of wear. Very pleasing results from this lens.
  • Dan D-S 5y

    Nice. I have the camera, time I got the lens. Really impressed with the results you have been getting, I know where a good Summar is, and I think its about time I had some Leica glass on the front of my IIIa!
  • Otto_ 5y

    Someone said the Summar isn't a point and shoot lens - it's a point, think and then shoot lens. I think if you get a nice example you'll be quite happy with it.
  • CarloBambino PRO 5y

    Thank you Dan,
    I hope you enjoy the lens as much as I have. There are many other choices but this is one I honestly love for it's character.

    Otto is mostly right... I would throw in an extra "think" into the equation. Since the aperture control doesn't have any detents, you need to think first, set exposure, point, think, and shoot.

    I've been following both of you guys on the discussion threads and I think it's great to get to know people through forums and your photo streams.
  • Dan D-S 5y

    Thank you for all your kind comments Carlo.

    I used to think lens' were all about sharpness, I think my opinions have matured especially as I have embraced the subtleties of black and white.

    Tell me, do you find it necessary to use a lens hood with your Summar? I like the idea of using it in some of the high contrast locations I shoot in (bright Aussie sun between tall buildings shooting street), and don't mind a little flare when I choose. I currently shoot with a Jupiter 12, which does not flare too easily and funnily enough also has no click stops on the aperture.
  • CarloBambino PRO 5y

    I was looking through my Summar set and couldn't find a photo with flare. I don't think I've dealt with any so far. I might have to try to generate some flare to see what it looks like on film. I don't have a lens hood but I think it would look good with one.
  • dinafasbro 4y

    Oh that camera is N1 on my camera shopping list!
  • CarloBambino PRO 4y

    I'm glad you found this, bro. This camera will continue to work long after I'm gone, like a good musical instrument. It's 74 years old and I haven't CLA'd this one.
  • Tim Jones PRO 4y

    You will definitely benefit from a lens hood with that uncoated lens. You may not see swirling arcs of flare, but it will be there in reduction of contrast. The downside is that a normal push on lens hood hides the bottom of the frame in the viewfinder, although the range-finder will miss it.

    You can get rather clunky Leica folding lens hoods that open out to rectangular canopies with a convenient hole for the viewfinder to see through.
  • CarloBambino PRO 4y

    Thanks for the tip Hairy. I will have to look into that. I just go without because this camera is so compact with just the lens cap. Also, I don't encounter flare much, or ever. I'll have to try to generate some so that I recognize the conditions that cause that artifact.
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