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Title: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: browndude3649 on March 26, 2010, 09:19 PM
Family member of mine has a Leica M2 that belonged to Jim Marshall (RIP) with his name and DL number engraved on it.
I'm wondering where the best Leica forum is at to get info on that sort of camera.
Thanks guys!

Title: Re: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: WinterDaze on March 27, 2010, 07:49 AM
Why not contact Leica in Solmes directly, they generally provide good info given time.

But otherwise use the word 'rangefinder' while sufing, I don't know which is the 'best', but there are some serious freaks of the marque out there who can't help themselves

The M2 is quite the tool, run a film through it if you get the chance.

As a Q: what lens is on board?

Title: Re: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: WinterDaze on March 27, 2010, 07:52 AM
But if you're thinking of moving it on, contact 'Christie's'.

Title: Re: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: browndude3649 on March 27, 2010, 08:50 AM
My old man probably wouldnt go christies cuz of the fees invlovled. We grew up in SF like Jim and he knows the people he got it from. Jim probably bought it from Adolph Gassers Shop back in the day. I'm sure the lens would be your choice cuz my old man kept the lenses worth keeping as far as optical quality. Weird thing about M2- Jim painted the body black himself. Last time it was used, still takes a good picture.

Title: Re: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: WinterDaze on March 27, 2010, 05:07 PM
The Leica M is, in real terms, a full manual camera, nothing more or less, doesn't even have a lightmeter built in.The reason there's a mystic around them is based on the idea that leica became an extension of a photographers mind and vision. They were simple tools that promised to, if you got it right, take the best possible picture in a given circumstance. (Big arguments can be had about that small phrase though, can cost a bit at a bar to sort out)

It takes quite a long time to 'sync' with an M, they are actually a bit quirky, but once you do, they become hard to put down. I used 2 M's exclusively for years, now they only get to go out and play on special occasions  :(.

As to the one your family has, it all about providence or it's personal history. Keep it safe, it has a story or 2, and that is it's magic. As to it's value, it's one of those 'piece of sting' like questions.


Title: Re: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: kiteking on March 27, 2010, 11:27 PM
Great cameras, I have a couple old ones in my collection

Back in 1849 a guy by the name of Karl Kellner founds the Optical Institute in Wetzlar Germany to make Telescopes. But it wasn’t until 1911 that they made their first 35mm Camera.

Oskar Barnack's genius idea of creating the small format 35mm camera created a revolution in photography in 1925, paving the way for the birth of the Leica Legend. His diminutive, lightweight LEICA A offered a new, undreamed-of freedom in reportage and artistic photography. From that point to the present day, Leica has had a profound influence on our view of the world we live in. And remarkably, you can still savour this sheer visual enjoyment time and time again whenever you use a Leica product to provide that unique visual perspective.

 Milestones in the Leica product history

1849    The optician and mathematician Carl Kellner founds an optical institution for the development of lenses and microscopes in Wetzlar.

1887    The 10,000th microscope is produced.

1907    Start of binocular production under the management of Max Berek.

1914    Oskar Barnack creates the Ur-Leica.

1923    Production of the first 25 prototypes of a small-format 35mm camera named the "Null-Serie" for test purposes.

1925    The LEICA A with built-in collapsible lens is presented at the Spring Trade Fair in Leipzig. 1,000 cameras were produced in the first year alone. The first small-format enlarger is introduced under the name of FILAR.

1926    The first small-format 35mm projector is launched under the name of ULEJA.

1930    The first Leica camera with interchangeable threaded mount and three vest pocket lenses is launched. The Lehr-Atelier is set up in the optical factory Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar to introduce researchers, technicians, journalists and scientists to the advantages of small-format photography in both theory and practice.

1932    The LEICA II with coupled rangefinder and built-in viewfinder is made available for the first time. Additional screw-mount lenses enter the market. Leica photographers now have seven vest pocket lenses with standardized thread at their disposal. The Leica II with the serial number 100,000 is manufactured.

1934    The LEICA 250, dubbed the "Reporter", contains 10 meter film and delivers 250 exposures without reloading. Combined with a spring motor, it becomes the preferred device used in reconnaissance aircraft by the German air force.

1954    The LEICA M3 with bayonet mount and high-magnification rangefinder marks the end of an era for screw thread cameras. Film transport is made significantly easier with the use of a rapid-wind lever.

1957    The LEICA IIIg ,the last Leica screw thread model, is introduced.

1963    Groundbreaking new development in the form of LEICA Trinovid binoculars is presented at the Photokina exposition. It featured an elegant new slim line design, a new central focusing control, and a true internal-focus system to prevent suction when adjusting.

1965    The LEICAFLEX marks the first Leica single-lens reflex camera to enter series production.

1966    The LEICA NOCTILUX 1:1.2/50 mm is the first 35mm camera with an aspherical element.

1967    The LEICA M4 is launched with a simplified film loading system and new rewind crank.

1968    The LEICAFLEX SL is the first camera in the world with selective-area metering.

1971    The LEICA M5 is the first rangefinder camera in the world with selective light measurement through the taking lens.

1973    The LEICA CL is launched as a compact rangefinder camera. A new factory in Portugal starts operation.

1975    Newly developed glass types enable the construction of the extremely high-aperture objective, the famed LEICA NOCTILUX 1:1.0/50 mm.

1976    The LEICA R3 is the first electronic Leica with selective/integral light measurement.

1980    The LEICA R4 is the first Leica with multi-program automatic exposure.

1984    The LEICA M6 with selective light measurement and LED display in the finder is launched.

1988    The LEICA R6 with mechanically controlled shutter is announced.

1989    The first Leica compact camera LEICA AF-C1 is launched.

1990    The binocular series LEICA TRINOVID BA is launched with newly developed lenses and a totally redesigned mechanism.

1992    Leica introduces the first binocular with integrated laser rangefinder: Geovid 7x42 BD.

1994    The first digitally controlled Leica is presented, the LEICA R7.
First Leica lens with molded asperical lens is introduced.
Leica introduces the first Leica spotting scope: Leica Televid.

1996    The microprocessor-controlled single-lens reflex camera, LEICA R8, is launched.

1998    The LEICA M6 TTL with TTL flash exposure measurement is introduced. The LEICA DIGILUX is launched - the first digital Leica compact camera.

1999    With the LEICA C1, the new design series in Leica compact cameras, is launched

2002    LEICA M7 with automatic timer providing digital countdown digital display of long exposures.
The LEICA R9 with low weight and extended flash control options is launched.
Leica Duovid is worldwide the first high performance binocular with dual magnification.

2003    The new binocular range LEICA ULTRAVID in a new design and improved optical system is launched. A digital rear panel for the LEICA R9 is announced.

   The Geovid is redesigned - more compact and improved construction: Geovid 8x42 BRF.

   The Digital-Modul-R is introduced and the analog R8/R9 becomes a digital SLR-camera.

2006    Leica introduces the digital rangefinder camera LEICA M8.

On eBay, Leica’s almost always sell and sell high.

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Title: Re: Leica collectors where do you go for the good news?
Post by: browndude3649 on March 27, 2010, 11:39 PM
Thanks, Kiteking. I'm thinking of calling leica usa to see if by some chance Jim Marshall registered his bodies and theirs a serial number to match. I figure he bought the M2 first but how many did he buy? Did you catch the obit Leica Inc put in the NY times? Could it be for real, a camera company thanking him for using thier cameras exclusivley?
Think i'll be picking up his "trust" book