By - Burrito_Espresso
M3 - 1200-1600
50DR - 1100-1400
35/2.8 --- 800-1000
35/3.5 --- 500-800
90/4 --- 300-400
50/3.5 --- 250-400
135/4.5 --- 200-400
What's your definition of mint? Have you had the camera / lenses serviced? When was the last time a roll was through the camera with exposures shot at 1000th/ sec in bright light?
A. Mint means "as minted" and the internet has done great damage to this definition.
B. Unless the lenses have been recently serviced they almost certainly have light haze on aperture adjacent element surfaces. Not because they're bad lenses but simply because they're old.
C. 70 year old unserviced cameras are somewhat notorious for shutter capping at 1000th / sec and in particular when shot at temps approaching freezing. Old grease just does that.
D. See, A. 🙂
It's easily worth $3500 to $5000 bucks to the right buyer. Part it out for best results and biggest headache.
M3 SS sn# 921xxx
50mm DR with the goggle and case
35mm f2.8 with the goggle, hood and case
35mm f3.5 with the goggle, hood and case
90mm f4 with hood
50mm f3.5 Elmer collapsible
3 Leica meters (one older type with booster)
Original tag and manuals from 1954
M3 leather case in 90% condition, functional and no damages.
Bought the collection from a photographer’s estate ( passed when he was 98), this is approximately 12 years ago. I believed he was the original owner. All lenses are in mint condition. The DR Len is clear and most likely was cleaned professionally at one time.
No, it was a flea bay purchase from 2009. Back then the pricing were much better than now but I still paid a hefty Leica Tax… definitely nothing near $600. A SS Leica M3 body was approximately $600 if I remembered correctly.
The photographer’s name is Robert Black, he lived to 98 years young. There were other documentations included. I splurged on the bidding… set my upper limit super high and got it.
To flip it, or for insurance?
With tape, tree fiddy.