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1923 Leica

Oskar Barnack’s 1923 0-Series Leica May Fetch $3.2M at Auction

Leica has announced the return of the Leitz Photographica Auction, the world's largest auction of historic cameras that will be held for the 40th time and celebrate its 20th anniversary, with a special piece this year -- the Leica 0-Series No. 105, produced in 1923 and owned by Leica inventor Oskar Barnack himself.

The Story of Oskar Barnack, Inventor of the Original Leica

In the annals of photography, few people have made the kind of impact that Oskar Barnack can claim. While working for Leitz, then a microscope manufacturer, the master entineer and photography enthusiast invented the original Ur-Leica: a camera that would change the world.

Leica Camera Rifle Prototype Valued at Over $350,000

One of the "most unusual" Leitz accessories is up for auction. This year's WestLicht photography auction features a New York Leica Gun Rifle Prototype, a device that lets photographers shoot images sniper rifle-style. The starting price is €150,000, and it's expected to fetch up to €350,000 (~$394,000).

Cross Section Views of Leica Lenses

If colleges offered camera equipment anatomy classes, this Leica lens cutaway might be one of the things you'd be examining in the lab. It's a Leica Tri-Elmar-M 28-35-50mm sliced cleanly down the middle, revealing all the glass and pieces inside that go into making the lens.