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I am trying to find out what model, year this was made, and approximate value.  I received it from my grandfather who used it during WWII.  I believe it is still in working condition, it is very clean and case is intact with no damage or other types of blemishes, that also includes the leather carrying case.  It is chrome top and bottom with black for the body. Lens is Leitz Elmar f=5cm 1:3,5.  SN# 163750.  Also have the original camera guide 8th edition, but does not have the specific model spelled out.  I even have several other lenses and full flash set up for it.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.


You have a Leica Standard (also marketed as the Leica Model E), a simple 35mm viewfinder camera, made by Leitz of Germany around 1935. It's a fairly common model, with over 27,000 units produced between 1932 and 1940, and many have survived. The Standard was the bargain version of the various 1930's Leica cameras, without slow speeds and without coupled rangefinder mechanism. It's considered more collectible than usable today. An excellent fully functional example of the Leica Standard with the Elmar 5cm f/3.5 normal lens should sell in the $350-$450 range in the current collectible camera market. As for the various accessories, there are no significant treasures among what you illustrated in your pictures, so therefore no significant added value. You mention having "several other lenses", but you didn't list or show any of them. If you want me to evaluate those for you, send another inquiry through AllEXperts or contact me directly.

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David F. Silver - President
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I'm an expert on all types of antique, classic, and contemporary cameras, as well as the general history of photography. Everything from ancient box cameras to modern single-lens-reflex; from simple Kodaks to sophisticated Leica and Nikon; from glass plates and roll film to movie and 35mm. I can identify and appraise them, explain how they work, and offer insights on their restoration and care. I can also provide historical background on vintage cameras and equipment, and guidelines on their purchase and sale.


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