Rescued from the “bargain box” at a garage sale, this 1932 Leica Standard didn’t look like much, unless your eye is accustomed to the distinctive form of a Leica.
Raw scan from Ilford HP5 test roll
With a little TLC and the addition of a few key accessories including a take-up spool, Voigtlander viewfinder, Leitz 35mm f/3.5 Summaron lens, and a vintage leather case, the Standard was looking pretty attractive and ready for a test roll of film.
Nothing like a day in the countryside to test a vintage camera and so far the results are encouraging.
The shutter seems fairly accurate and I’m adjusting to focusing without having a linked rangefinder, or any rangefinder for that matter, on the camera - although it was a standard accessory of the time.
Totally misjudged the focus on this, but I still kind of like it.
The distinctive look of a vintage Leitz lens.
More photographs, along with some proper darkroom prints, to come from my adventures with this 82 year old camera. Oskar Barnack (1879-1936) definitely changed photography, and Leica continues to build legacy cameras.