This Leica IIIa D.R.P. has seen many moons, made in 1939, but it's still in good condition. There are only superficial scratches scattered around the chrome. A very small amount of bronzing at the bottom of the camera. The switches all work perfectly. For being over 60 years old, this camera has shown it can withstand the test of time. This Summarit lens is an accordion lens, doubling in length when manually pulling it out. The design of the early cameras is interesting, to say the least.
- Leica IIIa D.R.P. SN: 337698
- Ernst Leitz Wetzlar Summarit 50mm f/2 SN: 509699
Early Leica cameras bear the initials D.R.P., which stands for Deutsches Reichspatent, the name for German patents before May 1945. This is probably a reference to German patent No. 384071 "Rollfilmkamera" granted to Ernst Leitz, Optische Werke in Wetzlar, on November 3, 1923.