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Leica IIIC 35mm Camera Body

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Leica IIIC 35mm Camera Body

KEH Model# 232867

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Leica IIIC 35mm Camera Body Description

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A 35mm rangefinder camera is a camera that has no pentaprism for focus and aiming. This type primarily has interchangeable lenses. The image size created on film is 24 x 36mm.

The viewfinder can be two viewing windows and one focus window depending on the model. Focus is achieved by turning the focus ring on the lens and matching up two images. The viewing window is a fixed view, usually based on the normal 50mm range lens. As new models were added over time this window might have 3 or 4 “bright line” indicators visible. The lines will show the approximate area to be taken with a particular lens. Some have slight wide-angle lenses and telephoto and others may be normal to telephoto.  Very early cameras did not have any focusing or lines for viewing. There were separate viewfinders that were attached to the camera shoe mount that gave you this viewing information or the focus depending on the one used.

Rangefinder style 35mm cameras a great advantage in size. They were very portable and they were very quiet when taking a photo. This allowed for easier candid photos. In the 1950s many of the most famous photos were taken by photographers that used rangefinder cameras. The later models had the capability of adding a motor winder to the camera. Later models also added internal light meters which earlier had to be separate also.

Shutters are basically the same as on 35mm SLR camera and could be cloth or metal. Flash sync was at a particular shutter speed or lower for electronic flash. There was the possibility of full sync with flashbulbs. This was possible because the bulb light stayed on longer than electronic flash.

There were many lens options, but they were not used much for extreme telephoto. Many of the lenses were interchangeable between manufacturers. The two most used mounts were 39mm screw mount and M42 Bayonet. Nikon and Contax had lenses that were specifically made for their cameras, but also had some for other models. 

KEH Specifications

Model
Leica III C

Overview
Early rangefinder model.

Body Type
Rangefinder interchangeable lens

Material
Vulcanite on metal

Viewfinder Frames
Integrated into body

Preview
No

Compatible Lenses
Leica 39mm Screwmount

Shutter Speeds
1 to 1/1000th, bulb

Flash Sync
None

Type Flash Connection
Shoe Mount

Film Advance
Manual

Motor Capable
No

Meter
None

Dimensions
6.7 x 2.75 x 1.38 inches

Weight
15.2 oz.

Years available new
1940-1951

Country of Origin
Germany

Specifications

General information

Brand Name Leica

Lens

Autofocus No

Physical Characteristics

Lens Mount M39 - Leica Screw

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