Hello, I'm new to these forums. I like it here, though, and will definitely start contributing and pestering others soon enough First things first, though. I promised an acquaintaince of mine that I'll try to find some info on the internet about a certain Leica he has in his collection. I don't know anything about Leicas, but he says the serial number on his specimen doesn't match the features. I photographed the thing all around and I'll just throw the photos in here, hoping that someone might be able to tell us just what the heck we're looking at, precisely. What we know for sure is that it's a REAL Leica, not a FED nor a Zorki. This is rather obvious and even an ignorant in thhis field such as myself can tell - there's a diopter adjustment on the viewfinder and a number of details that were never there on the Russian copies (and I'm pretty knowledgeable in THIS particular field). The engraving was obviously done mechanically (no chemistry, no lasers) and seems genuinely OLD. Some of the features that my acquaintance finds odd, especially when found all at once on one camera: - Obviously, this thing is black. - 5-digit serial number (he says it doesn't match the features found on the camera...) - No s/n on the lens, just a small "0" on the side of the base - Extra shutter speeds - PC sync socket (we're assuming it was added later, as the hole for in in the leather camera case seems to be just drilled and not finished in any way) Can anyone please shed some light at this problem? WHAT exactly are we looking at? Which model, which year? It's not a fake Leica as such, but maybe a genuine Leica "converted" to look like a more rare model?