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 conversion based on a Leica I from 1928. The camera is equipped with a nickel plated Elmar 3.5/5cm.
The factory conversion was probably carried out by Leitz in the 1930s. An indication of this is, among other things, the execution of the cover plate engraving. The Elmar 5cm has an german aperture scale and is a version with focal length given in millimetres
The overall condition of the camera is very good.
Total production: the number of factory conversions is not exactly recorded
Rarity forecast: R4