Introduced in 1951 the Leica IIf is based on the Leica IIIf and was a simplified model with no long shutter speeds. This allowed the camera to be offered cheaper and on the other hand made it possible to get into the Leica system or was interested in users who needed fast shutter speeds.
As with Leica IIIf, there were three basic versions of Leica IIf during the production period.
The first version of the Leica IIf had black contact numbers for the flash synchronization and as shortest shutter time 1/500sec. This version was built until 1951-52.
The second version followed from serial number 574401. It had red dial for the flash sync and a changed shutter speed series. The shortest shutter speed was also 1/500sec.
From 1953-54 followed the third version of the Leica IIf, equipped with red dial, the new shutter speed series introduced in the second version and a shortest shutter speed of 1/1000 sec. This variant was produced up to the production end 1956.
The offered Leica IIf red dial was manufactured in 1955 and is equiped with an Elmar 3,5/5cm lens (made in 1956). The lens is one of the so-called red scale versions with the depth-of-field scale engraved in red.
The technical and cosmetic condition is very good and the camera is in the unchanged original condition.
This combination can be considered archetypical for a late version of the Leica IIf and is one of the classics in Leica history.
Total production: approx.14.343 units with red flash synchronization dial
Rarity forecast: R4