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A Leica Fake

Robert L. , Aug 08, 2008; 07:06 p.m.

I have looked many times for this particular Leica fake and it always seems to be gone from Ebay. So I thought I would post mine.

I know it is a fake – I have no misconceptions about it. Neither do I particularly care where it is from or who really made. I am simply posting it here for a more permanent record of this particular camouflage design.

As an aside, someone told me that the leather, fake Leica case was probably worth more than the body!





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JDM von Weinberg , Aug 08, 2008; 09:44 p.m.

If you like this, and I do, then you may also enjoy http://www.cameraquest.com/fakerusk.htm

Personally, I prefer fake Contexes, but enjoy the Leicas too.

Ron Breeze , Aug 08, 2008; 09:51 p.m.

Wow, a Rasta camera.

Mark Hahn , Aug 09, 2008; 02:03 a.m.

OHMYGODHOWAWFUL!!!! Hahahaha! I guess it is great in some ways...

Winfried Buechsenschuetz , Aug 09, 2008; 02:33 a.m.

This is one of the punkest fake I have ever seen. It was made from a Zorki2 which has very little resemblance to a original Leica body and which was clearly manufactured post-war. The D.R.P. designator was used pre-war (and in early post-war) years only.

Ronald Hogenboom , Aug 09, 2008; 02:42 a.m.

Man, good for an early morning laugh. Fall into the category 'So bad, it's good'.

No one is going to fall for that (hopefully). I have seen some marvellous fakes on camera shows. Ok, you KNOW it's just Zorkies and FEDs, but they are sometimes so nice to look at that it makes you wonder why Leica never 'pimped' their cameras.

I know of several sites showing fakes, some kitschy (I confess I love them to death), others showing obvious fakes that try to be Leicas, but also now rare (and expensive) Leica copies (Leotax, Reid, Shangai etc.). It really is a fascinating world... just don't get ripped off!

Patrick Dempsey , Aug 09, 2008; 03:06 a.m.

I do believe the lens is clearly marked "Leica 1913-1988"... although maybe thats' a very hard to read 1933? Looks like a fun camera to take out shooting.

Manfred Feuser , Aug 09, 2008; 05:08 a.m.

I just like that Summicron f3.5 plus the lower back engraving " everything for Germany "

PC B , Aug 09, 2008; 05:23 a.m.

Rare 3.5/50 Summicron!!!

This piece is hilarious: On the accessory shoe 'Germany' in English and at the bottom of the back 'Alles für Deutschland' (roughly: all for Germany). Not to overlook the copious yet haphazard use of red paint. Of course, the sh... brown focus/aperture (?!?!) ring beats it all and is doubtlessly without equal in Leica history (thank God!). I do miss a nice misspelling somewhere –WHETZLAR ? - too bad.

Kelly Flanigan , Aug 09, 2008; 10:28 a.m.

The lens is an Industar -50 in rigid mount; a 4 element 3 group lens. The retaining ring on the clone has some scratch marks where the chap removed the ring; engraved the backside. One can remove the ring and usually see the original ring's engraved markings. The Industar-50 here in rigid mount is one of the best Russian lenses I own of a zoo of a COUPLE DOZEN. It cost me with Zorki 6 body 12 bucks via ebay long ago; with case and shipping less than 20 bucks. Mine actually focuses well with my M3 or Epson RD-1s; and was built in 1958 at the KMZ Krasnagorsk factory; as noted by its left to right prism logo. In a test here with my 50mm LTM lenses; the Industar-50 at F4, F5,6 F8 etc beat my Nikkor 5cm F2; canon 50mm F1.2, My Jupiter 8's and 3's and was only bettered by my New LTM leica 50mm F2 that cost a grand. Here MY industar 50 rigid is my sleeper lens; its often on my black Zorki 3c as a dumb old camera thats tack sharp at all fstops. The collapsable I22 and I50's here have a varied performance; but have worn sloppy mounts too.

In a repainted camera the flash sync often doesnt work; the chap gets some paint on the spring that contacts flash sockets center terminal. One can pop off the top cover and remove the paint and usually all will work well. These marked up fake cameras have been hawked on ebay since ebay started.

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