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Leica I (Model A)

Leica I (Model A)

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Camera
Date made
1924-1930
1940
bequest
Estate of Carolyn H. Edwards
maker
Ernst Leitz
Leica
place made
Germany: Hesse, Wetzlar
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
ID Number
PG.71.099.01
accession number
296611
catalog number
71.099.01
serial number
4495
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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