This is the list of Leitz and Leica lens serial numbers (not cameras) and which year that lens was approximately produced. Also visit the Leica Lens Compendium and the Leica Camera Compendium.
The diaphragm had 10 blades at first in 1939, but then in 1950 (around serial number 792,001), someone at LEICA discovered a big pile of left-over 6-blade assemblies from the old SUMMAR (1933-1939). LEICA unloaded these over the last few years of the SUMMITAR, as it worked on the extraordinary new SUMMICRON that was to come out in 1953.
If you find a serial number that is in the stolen Leica serial numbers database, simply contact the people who reported it stolen so that they can follow up with the police. Do not do anything that could jeopardize your safety.
When you want to shoot you simply pull out the camera and return it to its protective case when done. I could see this being great on all day street shooting outings. The case is quite firm and stiff out of the box but it would soften up with use. The case ships with a 5 year warranty card and a serial number stamped on the back of the case.
Camera maker Leica teamed up with Hermes to create a number of limited edition cameras, the Leica M9-P Edition Hermes. This is the third Hermes-Leica collaboration, after 2003's Leica MP Edition Hermes and 2009's Leica M7 Edition Hermes.There are two versions; one comes with a single lens and the other comes with three. But both cameras come with an ocre 'Veau Swift' calfskin leather body and shoulder strap; the metalwork is silver-chrome. Each camera also comes with a limited edition serial number to identify it.The first of the two camera types, the 'regular' Leica M9-P Edition Hermes, went on sale in June this year. It comes with one lens, a silver-anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH and about 300 are up for sale.
The first version of the Summicron was introduced in 1958. The lens had 8 optical elements. It was both manufactured with goggles for the Leica M3 (Leica code: SAWOO-MW) and without goggles for the Leica M2 (Leica code: SAWOO-M). In order to use this wide angle lens on a Leica M3 goggles were required as the camera did not have 35mm frame lines (unlike the Leica M2). Initially these lenses were manufactured with a silver finish. After 1961 black lenses were also manufactured. The version with goggles had a longer production run (until 1973). This version has serial numbers below 2314750.
The second version of the Summicron was introduced in 1969. The lens now had 6 optical elements and it had a black finish. Most of these lenses were manufactured in Canada. This second version was only manufactured without goggles, suitable for the Leica M2 and Leica M4. This version of the Summicron 35 occurs above serial number 2307450. The second version has a protruding aperture control lever, which most users did not like.
The third version was released without the protruding aperture control lever. This third version of the Summicron still had 6 elements but slightly larger optical elements and the protruding aperture control lever was removed. This versions occurs above serial number 2461001.
This Leica 35mm f1.4 ASPH Summilux-M Mount Lens (serial number 3636603) is a wide angle, ultra-fast aspherical prime lens made by Leica Germany. It is designed for use with M mount rangefinder cameras such as the Leica M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, and M7 as well as digital Leica M bodies. This lens is not 6-bit coded.
I took a bus to visit some pawn shops in downtown Brooklyn. There I actually saw a lot of interesting camera equipment, and priced nicely. But my cameras were not there. I registered the cameras with stolen goods databases. And I also registered one of them with the stolen camera website that specializes in tracking activity of equipment by checking EXIF data of uploaded pictures. If anybody were to start using the cameras, and were to upload the images to Flickr, or many other sites, then their images would show up, I would be able to maybe track them down Also, if any pawn shop were to check the serial numbers against the stolen goods databases, they would discover my messages. But frankly, that ship might have already sailed. If anybody had indeed stolen the cameras, they would have likely moved through some system very, very quickly. But maybe not. Maybe they could resurface after years