The Leica IC (not to be confused with the Leica I Model C) was a scientific Leica manufactured between 1949 and 1952. The Leica IC is based on the Leica IIIC, except that as a scientific camera it does not have a viewfinder or a coupled rangefinder and it does not offer slow speeds. Scientific cameras were used for photomicrographic and photo reproduction purposes, often in a combination with a microscope. Hence a viewfinder was not required, instead scientific Leicas have two accesory shoes enabling to attach an external rangefinder (Leica Code: FOKOS) and viewfinder (e.g. Leica code: SBOOI for 50mm frames). When using the external viewfinder and rangefinder it is possible to use the Leica IC just like a normal non-scientific Leica. The Leica IC was eventually replaced in 1952 by the Leica IF.
The Leic IC was the first scientific Leica replacing the Leica Standard
Leica Code: OEGIO
Weight: 379 g
Baseplate length: 13.7 cm
Total Production: 12 000
Shutter range: 1/30; 1/40; 1/60; 1/100; 1/200; 1/500 and B
Previous Leica Model: Leica Standard
Following Leica Model: Leica IF
Leica IC Variations
The Leica IC was only produced with a chrome finish. In total 12 000 Leica IC were manufactured. Serial numbers range from 455 001 to 563 100.
There does not seem to be any major variations when it comes to the Leica IC except that a few cameras have “shark-skin” covering.
Buying a Leica IC
Leica IC cameras are very saught after as they are pretty rare. A good way to be on the safe side is to double check the serial number.