My New Old 1933 Leica Camera

photography
Apr 1, 2015

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I was lucky enough to get this vintage 1933 Leica Camera for free. To anyone who doesn’t know what a Leica is; it’s like a Rolls Royce of cameras, well its German so maybe more of a S Class Mercedes.They have beautiful aesthetics and the best German Engineering. No wonder some of the greatest photographers used this camera and now they are a valuable collectors item.

The days of analog photography are long gone, but happily you can still buy some 35mm film. The problem with this Leica is, it’s designed for the film produced over 80 years ago, which had a slightly different “tongue”- it was longer. In order to load the “modern” film into the Leica it has to be cut  into a proper shape and length. It’s a bit of a scary process, because if done wrong you can easily jam the camera. It took me over a year before I  finally decided to load that film into the Leica, but it was worth it.

It turns out the 82 year old camera is in perfect working condition. I own a few other analog cameras, but this is a totally different experience. I rushed through this film, so the photographs might not be the best but I thought it would still be nice to show how this vintage camera captures light.

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