An online guide to collectable cameras and related stuff
Leica II (Leica D)
Introduced at the Leipzig Spring Fair in 1932, the Leica D (also known as the Leica II) was the first
incorporate a rangefinder coupled to the lens. It was also the first camera to have the word
"Leica" engraved on it. In 1932 it was only available in black paint with nickel trim. The
following year it was available in chrome finish as well. The camera was an immediate success, with
almost 22,000 produced the first year alone. To put this into perspective, a little more than 70,000
Leicas had been produced
in the six years since Leitz introduced the Leica.
Leica II, black finish, with 50/3.5 Elmar. A tag added on the front of the camera by the camera store
can be seen on the front.
Leica II, black finish, with 50/3.5 Elmar. A tag added on the front of the camera by the camera store can be seen on the front.
Although the camera was produced until 1948, it was quickly eclipsed as the flagship of the Leica line by the Leica F (also known as the Leica III) in 1933, it's second year of production. It still filled a niche, with 36,936 produced in black finish, and 15,573 in chrome.
Production figures by year and camera finish:
The Leica II chrome body
The Leica II with 50/3.5 Nickel Elmar, and an early style box
The bottom of the box, showing it was sold with lens, markings in feet and without cassette.