From about 1930 Leitz company offered their customers the conversion of an existing Leica to the latest technical level, which often led to the fact that early Leica models were converted into a Leica II or Leica III, with or without flash synchronization. Through these conversions, many early cameras have lost their historical significance for the collector.
However, the increased features and modernized functions of a factory-converted Leica were appreciated by many photographers who viewed their Leica as a tool.
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 IIIf conversion based on a Leica IIIa from 1939. The camera is equipped with Summitar 2.0/5cm lens.
The factory conversion was probably carried out by Leitz in the early 1950s and it seems that the acmera has not been used heavily after the conversion.
The Leica IIIf and the Summitar lens are in above-average condition. Technically as well as cosmetically, both pieces can be classified as very good!
Total production: the number of factory conversions is not exactly recorded
Rarity forecast: R5