Leica M3 Betriebskamera ("Betriebsk"), 1960 **

 

Two early LSM BETRIEBSK camera models, Leica IIf, IIIf in 1953/54
 
Two early LSM BETRIEBSK camera models, Leica IIf, IIIf in 1953/54. It was found via an auction by Leicashop®, the literature states " .. a truly rare and original IIIf red dial and self-timer, engraved: Betriebsk.no.283. Only about a 100 of these cameras were produced by Leitz for internal use and engraved, only very few of these are still in existence. In very good technical and optical condition and has a condition rated as B+. Approx. year of production: 1954. Auction Start Price from EURO 2.500-00*.

* NOTE;- Indicative prices herein were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods. Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

 
Leica M3 Betriebsk camera, 1957 w/ chrome Summicron-M f=5cm 1:2 lens Leica Betriebsk, cameras can be found on quite a number of early series of both SM and Leica-M bodies, even includes the latest Leica M7. These bodies, had slowly caught attention of the collector's market and usually can fetch a higher premium over standard production models.

M3 Betriebsk Top plate with engraving


<<<--- a LEICA M3 Betriebsk camera, a pre-1960 model w/an early SUMMICRON-M f=5cm 1: 2 standard lens
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Leica M3 Betriebskamera / Betriebsk  camera model, 1960
There are a few opinion on encoded "Betriebsk" on Leica-M cameras. One interpretation presented by online discussion group was, they are bodies confined to internal use copies for cross-examination. Next version of explanation is, these units are simply pre-production copies which are/were intended for regional distributors as a form of preview as well as pre-market evaluation. Packing usually is confined to basic silver boxes with no general guarantee cards except for basic manuals as well as an introductory letter outlining the general features & functions of the new camera models.

Compare Betriebsk with LEICA EIGENTUM

Betriebsk marked Leicas has shown being used on recent Leica-M such as the Leica MP-Betriebsk 0.72x (also view two other early/Leitz Leica IIf & Leica Ig Betriebsk Model in that section) and even with the 2002's LEICA M7 Betriebsk. One and off, you can see a few of these Betriebsk Leica being surfaced at the used LEICA equipment market today. Whatever it is, usually / typically, a Betriebsk-marked body has not been serialized like a normal Leica equivalent model but this particular set has a reference model code engraved at the top plate. Betriebsk Leica units were not being categorized in a general Leica product literature It may takes individual to put a premium on such models. External LINKS: Some discussion on Leica M7 "Betriebsk' at Photonet Forum.




Another Leica M3 Betriebsk camera model, Approx. Year: 1960**

A rather rare Leica M3 "Betriebskamera" as the M3 was a product of half a century ago. Unlike the version of Betriebsk origin provided above by various sources, this 1960 M3 Betriebsk shown below doesn't seem to be applying with the explanation provided earlier as it was half way in a M3 product cycle. However, this has a single stroke film advance mechanism, barely a few years after the first single stroke M3 had been introduced. Approx. Year: c.1960**, I hope there are more acceptable and correct interpretation of the term "Betriebsk". As an indicative guideline, this M3 Betriebsk single stroke unit has a suggestive auction hammer price of EURO 2,000-00*.

* Indicative prices here in this site were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods. ** as Betriebsk encoded Leica has no reference point to determine the year of produce so, the indicative year of of produce on previous auction on this M3 Betriebsk unit has been marked as 1960. In a recent revised description found on the latest Leicashop® auction, it has been reverted back to 1958. This is more likely the case i.e. Betriebsk M3 for single stoke model, a double stroke M3 Betriebsk had not been surfaced in the used Leica equipment market yet. IF you have such a unit (M3 Betriebsk double stroke, do consider help us to add the pictures of the said model in this visual library. Thanks.

The Betriebsk engraving on a Leica M3 Betriebskamera / Betriebsk  camera model, 1960

The visual below provide a typical Betriebsk, M3 with S/N 120x:-


Top view of a Betriebsk Leica M3, 1960

Base section view of a Leica M3 Betriebsk modelRear section view of a Leica M3 Betriebsk camera model

Leica M 3 LEITZ - EIGENTUM
Leica M 3 LEITZ - EIGENTUM

LEITZ-EIGENTUM - cameras with this engraving have been for internal company use only Ref: Lager Vol I page 182

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Rear section of a typical Leica M 3 LEITZ - EIGENTUM with Leitz-Eigentum engraving

Relative: Leica MP-Betriebsk 0.72x

| Leica M3 Index Page | M3 Nomenclature |

Visual Library on Leica M3 Prototype, 1952; Leica M3 Test model, 1953/4 | A photo showcase on early series of Leica M3 DS bodies:- Leica M3-700131 / M3-700170 / M3-700000/M3-70031x/M3-70051x | M3 double stroke chrome 1954~1957 bodies:- Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4; Leica M3 Single Stroke 1957~60/1961~66 | Leica M3 Black Paint:-1955/1958/1962~1964/66 / Case study on Prices | Leica M3 ELC, 1955/56

Other Leica M3 Variants:- Leica M3 chrome Leica-Technik 57 1954; Leica M3 GOLD Edition, 1956 | Leica M3 DS United Nation Edition, 1957 | Leica M3 Olive Bundeseigentum outfit 1957/ Olive Green Bundeseigentum outfit, 1959 (2 Parts) w/info on high quality M3 Olive Conversion | Leica M3 Betriebskamera/ Betriebsk 1960 | Leica M3 Royal Dutch Marine Periscope Model, 1966 | Leica M3 Dummies / Riesen-Mode (Giant scale Model); Leica M3 Cutaway Display Unit , 1954

Recommended External Link: Leica FAQ | Leica M3 Instruction Manual 1) Location 1 (1.35mb PDF) by Joe Chan; Location 2 (1.2mb PDF) by M.Butkus < Mike@bukus.org>; Leica FAQ | Serial Number Ref. (Cameraquest): LSM lenses 1923/1965 | Leica M 1954/1999/Leica M/R-mount RF/SLRs Serial Number ; Leica M-lens coding PDF (84k) download (Leica, AG); Leica Camera/Leitz Lenses S/N check (requires registration) at Owners Support@LEICA camera, AG

LEICA MP-Specific models/variants - Visual Profiles on selective Leica bodies:- Leica MP Prototype, 1955 | MP Betriebsk w/Electric Motor, 1956 | Leica MP-88/MP-150 Black paint, 1957 | Leica MP-167; Leica MP-171/MP-313/old/new Leicavit visual, 1957 | Leica MP 367 & 368 Dual, 1957 | Leica MP-375, MP-368 & MP-386 | Leica MP 'Edition Hermès', 2003 | Leica MP Betriebsk 0.72x | Evential production model MP 0.72x Black paint, 2002 | Leica MP classic Kit Set 1 / Set 2 | Leica MP chrome 0.58X(2 parts) | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.58x | Leica MP Black Lacquer 0.72x Standard | Leica MP 0.85x Finder Mag. model | Leica MP Anthracite* Limited Edition Set | Leica MP LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition Grey Hammertone Finish (3 parts) | Brief Introduction on Leica à la carte:- Leica MP Red Leather 0.85 / Nappa racing Green Leather 0.58X | Others:- Visual case study on counterfeit LEICA MP ; Leica MP Prototype w/Prototype Leicavit-M; Leica MP-3 LHSA; Leica MP TITAN, 2007

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