The Leica I c (a simplified version of the III c) built from 1949 to 1952 was one of the first models produced by Leitz after the war.
It was the successor model of the Leica Standard, but even dispensed with the viewfinder that was still available with the Standard.
The main area of application of the Leica I c was primarily scientific-technical and also medical-technical photography, whereby the lack of a built-in viewfinder and range finder was not relevant. In addition, the Leica I c was also the simplest and most cost-effective entry-level model and could be upgraded to the III f model in the technical service from Leitz.
In the four-year construction period, four production lots with a total of around 12,013 cameras were produced.
Many of the Leica I c models are provided with a so-called sharkskin leather cover and you will find more models with significant wear on the chrome plating.
According to popular opinion, this is due to the fact that the materials were not yet of the high quality standard typical of Leitz in the first few years after the war.
For sale is a Leica I c with sharkskin leather.
The camera comes from the first production batch from 1949 and is in mostly unchanged original condition!
Technically and cosmetically the condition is good, the only noticeable limitation is a dent on the bottom cover.
Total production: approx. 12.013 units
Rarity forecast: R5