Leica I (Model A)


This was the first kit sold by Leitz.

The kit consists of a Leica 1(A) camera (Serial no. 4495) with 50mm f/3.5 Elmar lens and lens cap, a small dial rangefinder, two reloadable film cassettes in case, and a brown leather case to hold all the items. Model 1(A) Leicas were not fitted with a rangefinder for focusing, so from the very beginning Leitz (the manufacturer) sold an accessory rangefinder that fitted into the camera shoe. The rangefinder in this kit was the first design type sold by Leitz in 1925.

The kit also includes a small tubular case that contains two 35mm film cassettes. In the early Leica days preloaded 35mm film cassettes were not available and the camera users had to load their own cassettes from bulk film. From the beginning 36 exposures was the standard length of film. This kit would enable the user to shoot 72 exposures before resorting to a darkroom for reloading.

The whole kit fits into a custom leather case in excellent condition.

Date Made: 1924-19301940

Bequest: Estate of Carolyn H. EdwardsMaker: Ernst LeitzLeica

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany: Hesse, Wetzlar

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.71.099.01Accession Number: 296611Catalog Number: 71.099.01Serial Number: 4495

Object Name: CameraOther Terms: Camera; Rollfilm; Hand; Miniature

Physical Description: metal (overall material)glass (overall material)leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 13.335 cm x 6.35 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-c609-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1145418

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