A friend of mine, camera collector and a professional photographer, had a rare treat for me: one of his father’s cameras, a Leica Standard. As per its serial, no. 207520, it was made in 1936. Although extensively used (and perhaps a little abused as well), the camera exhibits one of the most vintage looks. A treat, as said.
It is obvious that the camera does not work anymore; it could, but it’s my guess that in order to have this camera functional again, a good number of repairing hours would be needed, together with a good number of high denomination banknotes. I am almost tempted, to tell you the truth. Pity about the lens, which I suspect it was a Leitz Elmar 1:3.5 F=50mm. I very much doubt this lens here can be used anymore, looks too tarnished.
I am especially falling for the brass wear, to be perfectly honest. It shows in the right spots and places, which makes it a good looking piece. Even if restored, I know I would not want this camera to look in any other way than it does now. Cleaner and functional, yes, but not anything else done to its antique appearance.