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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Hove Collectors Books (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874707006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874707004
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Bower is a well-known photographic author.

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A great close at hand source of information.
George Furst
A very good reference for all Leica product except products product after M9-P. It miss detail information about Visoflex system except lens.
Brian from Macau
While I ordered this item, what I got instead was the Leica Pocket Book 8th edition which was a welcome surprise!
Jose Carlos P. Reyes

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shock Writer on September 23, 2004
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For First Edition: This book has many construction dates, history, and pictures of Leica lenses. Includes reasonably big pictures of many lenses to give you the sense of physical character of the lenses. Seems to cover all old lenses and new up to 1994. Only seems to have information on 35mm ASPH and not other Asph lenses or on the newer lenses. For the used buyer you should get the Leica Pocket Book by Erwin Puts with this or before this book. Sartorius book "Identifying Leica Lenses" is also helpful for used buyer. Also has a list of serial numbers up to 1988. Includes info on old leica copy equipment and many other accessories with pictures of much but not all items. It has Visoflex information. Includes R & L body information and pictures. Production numbers given when available. Lacks opinion comments which can be a blessing or frustrating depending on what you want. I wanted opinion or reputation of lenses which this does not attempt to cover so I give it a 4. Others wanting a construction facts book may rate it a 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen L. Bradley on June 9, 2012
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This book, along with the Leica International Price Guide, with set you up to be a Leica know-it-all. About the only items that are NOT included are the M9-M and the X-2. Good description for each camera and lens. Well worth the low price.
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This is the bible of Leica cameras and lens. This book contains the essence of Leica cameras and lens. It has the most comprehensive amount of information I have ever seen for any camera and it is all in one book that will fit into your coat pocket like the first Leica 1a camera of 1925. It is very well organized into the following sections; Introduction to cameras-Screw mount, M models, R models. Special cameras such as military models, commerative models etc. Introduction to lens, Screw mount and M lens, then the R lens and finally the S lens. Each of these lens topics are crowned with MTF diagrams for each including a overview discussion by the optics expert Erwin Puts. The book ends with some of the exotic lens such as stereo lens. Even if you are not into Leica stuff the book is full of interesting facts and information about Leica and its renouned products. At the end of the book is a list of all the serial numbers and dates of maufacture of all cameras since the first ones of 1923, the O series cameras. When looking to purchase any of the second hand cameras or lens of this manufacturer this is the book to have. A great close at hand source of information. Also in the front of the book there is an excellent section on how to purchase a second hand camera. Yes it is focused on Leica products but applicable to all cameras. It includes looking, smelling and feeling the item before purchase and is an example of the throughness of ths great book.
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By Mark Williams on December 4, 2013
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I checked it every time before buying a new or used Leica lens. Just wonder how the author could gather such comprehensive information of the Leica cameras and lenses. Would be better if MTF charts of all lens are included.
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