Leica Dummy Copies/Models - Leica M3

 

LEICA I with Dummy Elmar 3.5/5cm
 

<<<--- TOP: one of the earliest Dummy that I have came across in years of web browsing. Here is a Dummy LEICA I with a Dummy Elmar 3.5/5cm (as well as another unit which is shown just a few paragraphs below from this one where I spotted both of these from an auction sale. Notice the hollow interior as shown in this particular unit ?

 

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Dummies - as the name correctly out it, they are simply display set and cannot use normally as a camera to take pictures. Internally, some are just nothing but externally, they had been designed exactly like a pictures-taking camera. If you still don't understand - just go to any hand phone retails outlets - most of the phones display in a rack or shelf are just dummies/copies. Advantage is, they are cheaper, safer for shop owners without having to collect and put the cameras/phones each time the shop at the end of a busy business day. Some versions are specially produced for certain events such as exhibitions or as private evaluation models for discussion on an early design. Generally, dummies are made as life size of the actual camera. It may comes along with a DUMMY lens but usually only has the front lens element. Possibly majority of components in a Dummy set are made out of less than satisfactory rejects in factory QC control during production and/or assembly. Some may made out from a body chassis of a working Leica but chances was more for cutaway display rather than dummies. Giant display set are consider rarer as compare to life size models, one good example is the model shown below with a huge 5:1 magnification ratio and they were usually being made for special events such as official announcement copy display set. On the other hand, Japanese camera manufacturers were more fond of using transparent camera to show the internal structure of the specific camera type. A good example of this kind of display was the Canon T90 Trans model.

Leica I Dummy display camera Unit, 1930
From the M-series onwards, LEICA did offered an alternate form to dummy with Cutaway Models. Some examples of LEICA M3 and LEICA M6 cutaway units can be viewed via LEICA CUTAWAY MODELS SECTION. Cutaway models may OR may not have actual mechanism. i.e. top quality cutaway made units can actually operate like a camera, such as taking a blank exposure and witness the mechanism inside how it works.
   

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Black LEICA II Model D with a dummy ELmar lens
<<<--- LEFT: Black LEICA II Model D with a dummy ELmar lens.

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Even though they can't take pictures with almost a hollow interior with an actual exterior cosmetic. Dummies are NOT faked copies as they are/were also factory produce from a particular camera manufacturer. So, why would someone wanted to invest and/or collect dummy copies ? They could be combinations of factors. But one thing is for sure, things relate to a prestigious trade name like Leica would certainly attracts some collecting interest. Personally, I do have a few dummies (not Leica) as display in my office as decorative set. Further, dummies of each stage also can use them as a reference guide as each stage, the dummies were equipped with a matching lens produced during the respective period.

Generally, special edition LEICA cameras have their respective interested parties or individual collectors. They don't usually have to make dummy copies to promote sales. An exception was the LEICA M6 Platinum in 1989. It was the first M6 in luxurious outfit as well as embodied with brand awareness for Leica AG as commemorative modesl for 150 yeas of Photography as well as 75 years of LEICA in making photographic equipment. As the total quantity issued is 1250 units, it justified such a dummy for sales promotion. So, Leica has produced unknown number of
rare dummy set for the M6 Platinum.

RELATIVE: Canon T90 Transparent Model | Nikon F2 Photomic DUMMY | Nikkormat FT Dummy Set | Nikonos II Dummy Model

 A very rare, Leitz made, giant display model with Summicron 5cm lens 
which fetches a good premium of an auction Buy-Now price of EUR4,900-00 !

A very rare, Leitz made, giant display model with Summicron 5cm 1:2 lens
which fetches a good premium of an Xtra auction premium - a Buy-Now price of
EUR4,900-00! *

Presented below are visual of four different perspective views of a typical life size, true to life Leica M3 Dummy.

* 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.

Leica M3 dummy copy for display. A Summicron 5cm f/2.0 lens (also dummy) is used.

Rear section of a typical Leica Dummy copies

The top plate of the Leica M3 dummy copy for display. A Summicron 5cm f/2.0 lens (also dummy) is used.

Base section view of a true to life size, Leica M3 dummy copy for display. A Summicron 5cm f/2.0 lens (also dummy) is used.


Leica M3 Dummy with matching Dummy 50mm f/2.0 rigid Summicron , Year: 1963

Dummy Leica M3 with double-stroke w/dummy Summicron 2/50mm rigid version without serial number (For the lens). Didn't anyone notice most of the Leica M3 dummies set seemingly still having the old-style neckstrap eyelets ? This 1963 dummy M3 Double Stroke was still having this feature.

Dummy Leica M3 with double-stroke w/dummy Summicron 2/50mm rigid version without serial number. Approx. Year: c.1963


Leica M3 black Riesen Model display Set

Leica M3 black Riesen-Model ( Giant Model). Big Model Mass stab 1: 5 of Leica M3 black
This is NOT a working Camera; only as a Window Display Unit); It has S/N 73411X

Leica M3 black Riesen-Model ( Giant Model). Big Model Mass stab 1: 5 of Leica M3 black 
This is NOT a working Camera; only as a Window Display Unit); It has  S/N 73411X

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* 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.

 

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Take a look how big can these large display camera be...

 

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