Early Leica IA W/ Elmar 50mm F3.5 * Rare 4-digit # 2919 * Made in 1927 (24744)
Early Leica 1A with Leitz Elmar 50mm F3.5 Lens. The serial number is 2919, a very rare 4 –digit number. The 1A was the very first commercial Leica, first produced in 1925. This is the Elmar version, with the distance measured in feet. This is all original, without any upgrades. According to its serial number, this camera was produced between 1926 and 1927. This one is in great condition. It shows average wear (for an 87 year old camera!) with some brassing and a couple of very minor scuffs on the top and bottom plates only. The dials, controls, shoe, finder, etc…ALL look really good! There are no scratches, dents, or dings at all. The leather is in AMAZING condition for its age, and the viewfinder is bright and crystal clear! It winds and fires easily. Lens looks really good, but because it is attached I can't really see everything. I would imagine at this age the glass is only ok. I can see some dust towards the bottom. The aperture blades are functioning properly. The lens extends and locks into place, but is loose when in the collapsed position. The only thing I can see, is that it is missing a couple of screws on the top plate and the lens mount ring. Otherwise, this rare, early Leica is in great condition. It would be an awesome investment. Ive totally fallen in love with it while looking at it and playing with it to describe it for you. Seriously, its a very cool little piece of history. The very first Leica camera – the one that started it all.
Looks GREAT! (Average to better than average cosmetic condition)
Viewfinder looks bright and clear
Shutter fires and sounds strong - speeds will not be accurate
Leather is immaculate!
Winds and fires
Glass looks decent
No scratches, dents, or dings
Aperture blades function properly
Lens extends and collapses properly, but is a little loose.
Please see the pictures for closer details. I have checked it, but it has not been thoroughly tested, and is sold as-is.
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