Good afternoon, Mr. David, I got the Leica from a friend, I was wondering which model is , and what year., what is its value. in advance appreciate Dalibor


You have a Leica IIIa (also marketed as the Leica Model G), a traditional 35mm coupled rangefinder camera, made in 1937 by Leitz of Germany. This is a fairly common model, with over 90,000 produced from 1935 to 1939. Your example was returned to the factory in the 1950's for a complete overhaul, and it was modified for flash synchronization. I also suspect the Summitar 5cm f/2 lens was acquired later. In this sort of excellent overall condition, I would expect it to sell in the range of $325 to $375.

Best wishes,

David F. Silver - President
International Photographic Historical Organization


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


David Silver


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.


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:

©2017 All rights reserved.