The Leitz company offered its customers from about 1930 the conversion of an existing Leica to the latest technical level, which often led to the fact that early Leica I models were converted in Leica II or Leica III, for example. Through these conversions, many early cameras have lost their historical significance for the collector.
However, the increased usefulness of a factory-equipped Leica was appreciated by many photographers who viewed their Leica as a tool.
Early factory conversions are a popular specialty for some collectors, as they show how much Leitz was concerned about the desires of the customers and how Leica's technical conception and development capability was original.
Offered is a Leica II factory conversion out of a Leica I from 1928. The camera is equipped with an Elmar 3,5/50mm lens.
The conversion was probably carried out by Leitz/Leica in the 1930s. Signs of this are, among other things, the execution of the top cap engraving.
At some point a flash sync socket was fitted by a third party.
The overall condition of the camera is very good, both technically and cosmetically. The Summar 5cm lens has slightly foggy elements which is frequently found on this lens type.
Total production: the number of factory conversions is not exactly recorded
Rarity forecast: R4