Leica II Manufacturer: Ernst Leitz Date: 1932-1948
The Leica II is a rangefinder camera introduced by Leica in 1932. They were the first Leica cameras with a built-in rangefinder. Several models were produced over the years, in parallel with the Leica III series from 1933.
The Leica II uses a coupled rangefinder distinct from the viewfinder. The viewfinder is set for a 50mm lens; use of shorter or longer lenses requires installing an alternate viewfinder on the accessory socket.
The II’s combination of rangefinder, interchangeable lenses, built in 50 finder, and shutter speeds from 1/20th to 1/500th made it Leica’s first real system camera.
Resolution – With an ASA 50 slide film the camera is capable of 16Mp depending on who you ask and how you scan the negative and how geeky you are.
The Leica II is well sealed from water. In 1994 in the glacier of Wielinger Kees in Upper Thuringia at 2,200 meters of altitude, the camera body and les survided the weather and pressure of the ice. Leitz’s archives indicate that the camera was sold on April 11th, 1932 to Mr. Jansen
Shutter speeds: 1/20th to 1/500th sec
Finishes – Chrome or Black
Iso Range – pretty much all of them
Current resale price for body only – £295-525
Availability- since 1932
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