FAIR / This is a USED camera. There is signs of age and wear, parts of the leather backing is separating from the camera. The viewfinder glass appears internally clear, however there is debris on the outside.
This is the Russian made imitation version of the Leica II. The information following, is in regards to the original Leica II. Introduced in 1932, the Leica II was an important even for Leica, and 35mm Photography. With its new built in rangefinder, standardized interchangeable lenses, and lens choices ranging from 35 to 135, it was 35's first System camera.
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. Leicas before the II depended upon scale focusing, or the add on rangefinder. While the vulcanite covering was very tough and markedly superior to the Zeiss Contax body covering, it could become brittle and break.
1938 Leica II (D) type 2 in chrome. This later version has the later rounded end front window. Chrome II's are less common than black Leica II's as more black ones were made.
The Leica is particularly associated with street photography, especially in the mid-to-late 20th century, being used by such noted photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson. Leica cameras, lenses, accessories and sales literature are collectibles. There are dozens of Leica books and collector’s guides, notably the three-volume Leica, an Illustrated History by James L. Lager. Early or rare cameras and accessories can reach very high prices on the market. Notably, Leica cameras sporting military markings carry very high premiums; this started a market for refurbished Soviet copies with fake markings.
This is a USED camera. There is signs of age and wear, parts of the leather backing is separating from the camera. The viewfinder glass appears internally clear, however there is debris on the outside.