1950 LEICA IIIc SHARKSKIN, nr MINT, 1946 5cm f/2 SUMMITAR with cap & film cassette. SOOPD Chrome New York Hood, Hove Rarity Grade 7, "Exceptionally Rare".Near mint Leitz case with red box for case, original Leitz literature. Overall, this is a quite complete late'40s - early'50s period outfit with its limited-edition Sharkskin body in outstanding cosmetic condition. 1950 LEICA IIIc SHARKSKIN #497986 has clearly seen very little use. One giveaway is where the baseplate mounts to the body: the black body paint is factory original and shows hardly a trace of wear (see photos). Check out the condition of the strap lugs , too.
I doubt this camera has ever had a strap on it. (late'40s and early'50s Leitz chrome was often of very poor quality).
There are a few bright marks on the top, hardly visible, a trace of wear on the slow speed dial, and a TINY area of chrome loss by one of the rear screws. Baseplate also close to mint, one small.
Edge mark, one minor bright mark, a few other tiny marks on the baseplate edges. Sharkskin vulcanite is perfect and original, like new, no cracks, chips or hollow spots, deep black color. The slow speeds need adjustment, and the small slow speed dial lock is missing. It's not too hard to replace. These locks were sometimes deliberately removed (they had only been standard since 1946), as people found them fiddly.
Other speeds sound fine, wind-on is smooth, blinds excellent. RF is a little faint but useable, maybe a v. 1946 5cm SUMMITAR #628303 is the early round-diaphragm type, and shows a little more wear than the camera body, mainly on the barrel, but is still pretty nice. Iris shows slight wear, but no oil.Focus and iris are both smooth and working well. Front lens (coated) has cleaning marks around the edge, which disappear by f/4, and tiny pinpoint marks on the coating surface. There are also a few spots of dust and the usual bubbles inside. None of this seems to be affecting results much, if at all.
See test shots (one is deliberately shot against strong light). This lens is delivering very attractive images.
Red box is for case, and is good but not perfect. The uncommon SUMMITAR +SOOPD New York Barn-Door Hood (Chrome). Shows about average wear, no dings, works perfectly.
It's graded R7 by Hove. All original, an Instruction Book (May 1950) and a Lens Brochure in German (1953), and the 1948 Price List in English. The item "1950 LEICA IIIc SHARKSKIN, nr MINT +'46 5cm SUMMITAR +SOOPD Chrome New York Hood" is in sale since Wednesday, August 8, 2018. This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Rangefinder Cameras". The seller is "alproc" and is located in Laguna Beach, California.
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