Leica II Model D
The Leica I Model C was a big step forward compared to the Leica I Model A as it offered lens interchangeability. But both Leica I models relied on an external rangefinder to focus. This disadvantage was resolved with the introduction of the Leica II model D in 1932.
The Leica II Model D was the first Leica to be fitted with a coupled rangefinder.
Leica Code: LYKAN
Total Production: 55 209 + converted Leica Is
Weight: 700 g
Baseplate length: 13.7 cm
Previous Leica Model: Leica I Model C
Following Leica Model: Leica III Model F
The Leica II Model D was both produced with a black enamel finish with nickel fittings (early models) and later in chrome (after #99 153). In total 52 509 Leica II Model D were manufactured, with the bulk of the production taking place between 1932 and 1939. Many Leica Is were also converted into Leica IIs.
Buying a Leica II Model D
Leica II Model D cameras are, like all other Leicas, collectors items. Try to find one that is both technically and optically in good condition. A good way to be on the safe side is to double check the serial number. Like any other Leica purchase: keep away from golden cameras or any camera with WWII or Olympic symbols as you have a 99,999 percent chance that these are fakes!