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Not sure of the year this camera was made, sometime in the mid fifties. It looks to be in excellent condition and has all the extras, in the same condition. Appreciate anything you can tell me.

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Hello,

That's a late 1950's Leica M camera, either a 2 or 3, a classic 35mm coupled rangefinder model, made by Leitz of Germany. Extremely high quality, regarded among the finest mechanical 35mm cameras ever conceived, but extremely common. Over 300,000 produced from 1954 to 1966! I could identify the model and year of manufacture more precisely if I could see the information on the top plate, but an accessory exposure meter is mounted there, and you really don't want to mess with any of this if you're not familiar with the system overall. No problem. As for the "extras", you have the Hektor 13.5cm f/4.5 telephoto lens that is the single most common and cheapest long lens they made, and then an old fan flash attachment for flash bulbs and the Vivitar electronic flash purchased much later. The flash stuff is essentially worthless. Okay, assuming it's all in excellent fully functional shape, the camera with exposure meter stuck on top, the standard lens, the telephoto lens...it's about a $700 set in today's used camera market. Tough to sell because there's so many available, not the sort of thing you dangle on eBay, and it's very competitive out there. If you need help, give me a holler at the e-mail address provided below and I'd be happy to either locate some prospective buyers or actually broker a sale for you.

Best wishes,

David F. Silver - President
International Photographic Historical Organization

silver@photographyhistory.com  

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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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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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