I never intended to get a Leica. At the typically high prices they command, I was content knowing I could buy and enjoy many less expensive cameras for the same amount of money. During a late-night perusal of Ebay listings I came across a really inexpensive IIIa and lowball bid… surprise, I got it.

After sourcing an Elmar lens from the UK, the camera is ready to use. The build quality, feel, and sound of using this camera are very different from what I expected after using a FED and Zorki. Now I get it.

Make Leitz
Model Leica IIIa
Year  1936
Format 35mm
Shutter Cloth Curtain
Speed Z(B), T, 1 to 1/1000
Lens Leitz Elmar
f3.5 50mm
Focus 1.25m to ∞
Aperture f3.5 to 18
Light Meter No
Rangefinder  Yes


Here are some shots I took. Sorry for the horizontal lines, R5 Monobath issues…