The Process of Restoring a Leica Film Camera

As a film photographer, the need for camera repair and restoration is not a new one. Watch as someone goes through the step by step process they went through to obtain the camera, details the camera’s history, and the restoration of the camera. 

In this video, Max from Analog Insights is gifted a family heirloom — a Leica IIIa which was later upgraded to a IIIf. This camera had been in his family for many decades and at the time he received it, in a state of disrepair. Max walks us through the journey the camera has taken starting in Germany in the 30s, and the restoration which a friend of his did for him. 

While I have never personally attempted to restore a camera to its former glory (much less a Leica!), I have repaired lesser expensive film SLR cameras. This process…


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