I Screwed Up

Choosing from a menu

Choosing from a menu

Just coming back from a day trip to Hamburg with my father. We had lunch at a very traditional Chinese Restaurant, visited his parent’s grave and shopped at Leica Meister in the Eppendorf quarter.

Camera-shy?

Camera-shy?

I came out of this Leica Store with my second screw-mount Leica rangefinder camera. It’s a Leica IIIg, the last screw-mount body the company made.

Fifties industrial design à la Wetzlar

Fifties industrial design à la Wetzlar

Sold from 1957 to 1960 and introduced after the Leica M3 came out, it is the epitome of the Barnack cameras.

The oddly repetitive serial number on mine indicates that it was produced in a batch of 2000 in the summer of 1958. Sure doesn't look it's age!

The oddly repetitive serial number on mine indicates that it was produced in a batch of 2000 in the summer of 1958. Sure doesn’t look it’s age!

From the very informative and thorough Cameraquest website.

I just like the design and have gotten used to the peculiarities. Examples: film loading trough the removable bottom, the 35 mm film leader needs to be cut to a longer form, separate rangefinder and viewfinder windows, both small peepholes (thought the IIIg has the biggest viewfinder of the screw mount Leicas) and oh, no exposure meter. It’s a camera chock-full of secret masonic handshakes and a definite upgrade from my IIIf. So, I screwed up.

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3 Responses to “I Screwed Up”

  1. An Old Photographer and a New Store | Mostly Black & White Says:

    […] ends the photo series. I took more pictures on Kodak Portra 800 in my Leica IIIG, but they are yet to be developed. If they’re any good, I’ll make a second post of […]

  2. Good Things Come To Those Who Wait | Mostly Black & White Says:

    […] is one of the first photographs I made with my new-to-me-but-nonetheless-older-than-me Leica III g. Many more followed. The film I put in was Kodak Portra 800 for the most part, though lately […]

  3. Old School | Mostly Black & White Says:

    […] shouldn‘t have worried, it‘s the same as with any screw-mount Leica. There are some other oddities, […]

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