Apr 06, 2012, 10:40 PM
What kind of Leica camera is this?
I would like to ask the experts about something I found. It's a "Leica MD1136 106" From the research I've done it looks like it was used in doctor's office, labs, etc. I'm guessing it's from the 1960s. It came with a wooden box with lenes, but not SLR type lenes. More like magnifying glass type of lenes. There was also a baffel and some other attachments.
I was wondering if I'm right and what it's worth?
Apr 06, 2012 10:40 PM
Apr 07, 2012, 11:52 AM
too many hobbies...
Leica's were the top end of the 35 mm world in their day, along with Hasselblad were the camera to own if you were any kind of a camera geek. I have no idea what your find is worth but I would be willing to bet to the right crowd it would bring good money at auction.
Apr 07, 2012, 12:18 PM
What you have there is a circa 1965 Leica MD series laboratory camera. I can't see the front or back but it shouldn't have a rangefinder or viewfinder. They were used in laboratory settings such as Microscope photos. I'm not sure of the value as alot depends on condition and rarity. I imagine what you have would appeal to multiple collectors and Leica's are one of the hottest camera collectables on the planet with a fierce following. This set would appeal to both medical/laboratory collectors as well as general leica collectors. I'd be curious to see an auction estimate as well but you're at the mercy of the market as always. Really nice!
Apr 07, 2012, 02:45 PM
Could not find that specific item on ebay. And you know what thay say, if it is not listed on ebay, must be rare. Great find.
Apr 07, 2012, 02:51 PM
It does not have a viewfinder, which was something I didn't notice until I got home with it. I know that Leica cameras are highly collectible. I figured I would at least get my $25 investment back and maybe a little more.
Originally Posted by harebearva
I plan to list it on Feebay in about a week or so. I'll post the final total when it's over.
Any more info would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 07, 2012, 03:46 PM
According to my research, Your specific camera S/N 1136106 was produced in 1965 in a production batch of 500 cameras. A total of 3316 MD's we're produced between 1963 and 1966 and assigned S/N's 1102501 through 1160820. It appears it is a rare camera. The next model in that line was an MDa which had a production run of 14,500. The MD has no viewfinder or rangefinder. While you can use it for its original purpose with a microscope or telescope, the more contemporary use would be with an ultra-wide angle lens such as the new Voigtlander 12mm, 15mm, or 21mm lenses. These lenses don't need to be rangefinder focused. There's a small slit on the bottom plate that allows you to insert a thin transparent plastic information sheet before exposure. If you're photographing slides and want to record what you're documenting, you can write in on the info sheet and insert it
It was manufactured by Ernst Leitz Wetzlar in Germany, has a Horizontal cloth focal plane (1 sec - 1/1000 sec shutter speed and flash syncs @ (1/50sec)
External cold shoe M- and X- flash cable connector on rear. It uses standard 35mm film and it's physical specs are Body: 138mm x 77mm x 36mm; 595g.
I tracked down camera S/N 1136470 which was 364 cameras after your camera's production. It appears to have been sold in 1998 by Christie's of London for $1874 American. I included a link to the auction below. I'd say your $25 investment was VERY good! Hope this helps. Good Luck.
Leica MD no. 1136470 | Christie's
It appears you may have some winners in the lenses as well. For the one you photographed holding, I found the following comp on ebay. By the way, The leitz summar lens you have is attached to a summar adaptor. It's the outer ring imprinted with 24.35.42u.50
And again here's another link to a page that sells summar lenses like your for $300-400. They have alot of lenses listed on the page along with enlargers, copy systems and such. Just scroll down to find your lens style.
Last edited by harebearva; Apr 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM.
Apr 08, 2012, 12:00 AM
Hmmm, I wonder if I should send pics to Christie's foran appraisal? Seems like there aren't many of these boxes around.
Originally Posted by harebearva
BTW: WOW!!! Thanks for the info!!!!
Apr 09, 2012, 01:24 PM
too many hobbies...
Eh yeah forget freebay and ask Christies, if you E bay it let it run for a spell to get maximum exposure.
Originally Posted by Fruitbat
Apr 10, 2012, 06:29 PM
Yeah, I think I'll send it to Christie's. I see on their website that they give free appraisals. If nothing else I'll find out what it's worth. But it will take 4-6 weeks to hear.
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