The Leica II is a rangefinder camera introduced by Leica in 1932. They were the first Leica cameras with a built-in rangefinder. Several models were produced over the years, in parallel with the Leica III series from 1933.
|Type||35 mm rangefinder camera|
|Lens mount||M39 lens mount|
The Leica II uses a coupled rangefinder distinct from the viewfinder. The viewfinder is set for a 50 mm lens; use of shorter or longer lenses requires installing an alternate viewfinder on the accessory socket.[n 1]
A mere four copies of the gold-plated Leica Luxus II were made. In 2013, one sold at auction in Hong Kong for $HK4 million, after featuring on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme. The whereabouts of the other three models are not recorded.
|Model name||Manufacturing dates||Features or improvements|
|Leica D (Leica II)||1932–1948||like III but without slow speeds on frontal dial|
|Leica IIc||1948–1951||Die-cast body like the IIIc|
|Leica 250 DD||–||Leica II-based Leica 250 Reporter|
|Leica IIf||1951–1956||Similar to the IIIf, without the slow speed dial|
- Unification of the rangefinder and the viewfinder occurred with the introduction of the Leica M3, allowing quick framing and focusing in a single operation. The M3 viewfinder is also able to display viewlines for 50, 90 and 135 mm lenses
- Antiques Roadshow, BBC One, 29 December 2013
- "Rare Leica camera fails to set record at Hong Kong auction". BBC Online. 2013-11-22. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
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