Rare and unusual Leica IIIc red curtain body. Were is the most reliable version of the origin of the red curtain cameras, from noted Leica authority Paul-Henry van Hasbroeck. “The Leica: A History Illustrating Every Model and Accessory”, 1983, p. He mentions that the first 1576 IIIc’s produced in 1939 have German black shutter blinds. After serial number 362,401 Leitz used material originally obtained from Kodak in 1937 which was dyed red on one side. This material had been part of research into production of heat-resistant shutters. By 1941, according to van Hasbroeck, the supply of Kodak red shutter blinds had been exhausted and Leitz resorted to use of German produced black material produced from parachute cloth begining with serial #379,226. By that time, about 14,000 IIIc cameras had been manufactured with red blind material which was nearly half of the total wartime production. Presumably the vast majority of these cameras had their shutters replaced with black material. As most of these cameras routinely had the shutter curtains replaced with the standard black curtains when they were serviced by Leitz in the years after the war shortages ended, IIIc cameras with the original red curtains are relatively rare. This camera is genuine and original. Shutter operates and RF has moderate contrast. Unique opportunity to own a special camera. The item “Leica IIIc Red Curtain rare original curtain SN 373033 step rewind version” is in sale since Sunday, April 23, 2017. This item is in the category “Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Rangefinder Cameras”. The seller is “njcamera” and is located in Millburn, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Color: Red
- Brand: Leica
- Model: IIIc Red Curtain
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany