Leica IIIf Red Dial Self Timer, with 50/3.5 Elmar
Leica IIIf Black Dial, with 50/3.5 Elmar
Leica If Red Dial, with 50/3.5 Red Scale Elmar
Another feature was added in 1954, the self timer. It can be readily identified by the large self timer arm on the front wind side of the camera. These are referred to as IIIF RD ST cameras, or occasionally as IIIF D/A cameras.
It should be noted that any IIIF camera could be sent to the factory and upgraded with a self timer.
Other variations include Canadian examples produces in Midland, Ontario, and black finish cameras for the military.
The IIC was replaced in 1951 by the IIF, a IIIF without the slow speeds. Like the IIC, the IIF had a vulcanite patch where the slow speed dial would have been. It was available both as a Red Dial as well as Black Dial. All black dial cameras, and Red Dial cameras made before 1954 have a top speed of 1/500, while red dial cameras made in 1954 and later have a top speed of 1/1000.
To round out the series, the IC was replaced by the IF in 1952. It was a IIF without the rangefinder or viewfinder. Like the IC, it had two accessory shoes on the top. Like the other cameras in this series, it was available both in red and black dial versions. Total production was just under 17,000 cameras, ending in 1958.
|Black Dial||Red Dial||Self Timer||Canadian|
|30,000||35,000||-0-||1000 Black Dial|
|-0-||18,000||-0-||1000 Red Dial|
|-0-||-0-||31,000||2000 Self Timer|
|-0-||-0-||9000||1000 Self Timer|
|-0-||-0-||14,600||367 Self Timer|
|Black Dial||Red Dial 1/500||Red Dial 1/1000|
|Black Dial||Red Dial|