Why is this $3,000,000 Leica so Expensive?!?

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Leica is hosting their 20th Anniversary Photographica Auction this month. The star of the program is Oskar Barnack's individual 0-Series Model. This video is about as unusual as it gets. You can have a look at the auction online or live if you're in Wetzlar on June 11, 2022.

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  1. Oh man I can’t wait until you do a series on the wild story of the Leitz train too. Great episode bud. Been listening since the first iTunes Podcasts πŸ˜€

  2. Its really interesting to see how influential it was, I’m curious if anything to come can hold the same gravity.

    1. I think the only thing that would come close would be Steve Jobs first iPod

  3. Gee, and I thought I broke the bank with my M11 and M6 purchases! Thanks Ted, not gotten all the history about that camera and never knew about that location in Wetzlar where the first shot was taken. Fascinating the see the OG 35mm camera used by the man himself. Can’t wait to hear what the final bid will be.

  4. Recently got a Model II Barnack, and it has quickly become one of my favorite film cameras. 1938 serial number, and it runs flawlessly. Such a wonderful shooter.

  5. LOVE this filming space. Bravo. Great video as always of course, but yeah.

  6. Amazing vision and history of Leica. The innovation of 35mm film was such a pinnacle moment.

  7. Great video and very informative. I do love my Leicas. Wondering if Leica, the company, will bid on this camera to keep it as part of their history.

  8. Can you do a video on the famous photos made using a 50mm lens, as well as the history surrounding the 50mm lens? Please and thank! I am a staff photojournalist in New Mexico and I love your vids. I have been on staff for 8-9 months. I am 23 and have been watching your videos since I was a teenager with a dream of becoming a photojournalist

    1. I was going to suggest the same thing. So yes please, I second a video on the 50mm lens

    2. I was fortunate to work as the sole staffer/freelancer for a small Florida weekly newspaper that was heavily into photography. I was 50 years old in 1998 when I started with the paper and lasted till the demise of the paper in 2012. It was what I consider one of the most fun jobs I held during my working life. I am now retired but still shooting and giving away photos to my subjects on the street.
      I also wish you luck in your chosen profession. My one suggestion is to try and get to know people in your area and not just the movers and shakers. Get to know the kids that are growing up because they may come back and remember you. A kid that was a senior the year I started is now the athletic director at the school where he played. While I am no longer there, I do keep in touch with some of the players from those days.

  9. Interesting video. Thank you. I was fortunate enough to buy a Leica 0 (Null) series camera when they reintroduced them back in 2001. Difficult to use because of the process of steps involved but very rewarding.

  10. What a great video. Such great photos, Ted! I love the history lesson of the 35mm format!

  11. To some extent the price is in part due to the Cantillon effect. If we had a sound monetary system that number would in my opinion be quite different (less).

  12. Though I appreciate the need to do camera reviews of modern stock to pay the bills, I absolutely love it when you make films like this Ted, you are a master at it. A marvellous throw back to what you used to do in years gone by and what got me hooked. Great video. Hope you are well.

  13. Love this kind of a historical video about a camera or a brand, really good work

  14. Hey Ted, I really like your videos and I’ve been an avid follower for years, but I have a major disagreement: I say that a lot of iconic shots and photographs were taken on a 50mm lens not because of the focal length’s inherent quality, but simply for an economic reason: The simplicity and ubiquity of the older 50mm designs. The lenses were just easy to manufacture from the industrial side and compact and pocketful enough to be handy for the photographers’ side. But, had the physics and engineering of say 35mm production been more forgiving, it would have surpassed 50mm.

    It’s the same reason why the original 135 camera was created as you state above: it was simple, economic, and easy to convert already existing 135 motion-picture film and put it in a smaller form factor rather than the bulky 120 film.

    Anyway that’s just my 2-cents worth. πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Ted, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Phil Blenkinsop in Nepal in 2004, who is an amazing photographer who moved from Australia to Thailand and had to sell everything he owned to buy 2 Leica cameras. He spent a lot of time in war zones and in the jungles of Asia, and he just carried the Leica’s with 35mm lenses. His photos are amazing and he was so passionate about what he photographed that he was almost bought to tears explaining to me the story of the Hmong Tribe which he photographed for Time magazine. He would be very interesting to discuss in a video as his style is very unique and he has always used Leica film cameras.Β 
    PS, I believe there a more expensive camera, which would have to be the Apollo 11 Hasselblad’s which are still on the moon! (some day they’ll be returned to earth and will be worth their weight in gold!)
    Thanks for the video and cheers from New Zealand.

  16. A $ 3 million all manual, no automation film camera? And especially no built-in rangefinder?
    If I was a bloody rich collector, definitely would by that.

    Until them, I’m happy enough with my IIIF. Anyway after searching on eBay, the IF (which also has no built-in RF) is way more affordable. Time to get one, I guess πŸ˜€

  17. 3:33 An alternative story states, that he wanted to make a little apparatus to test movie film for its ASA-Rating by making a 3-5 picture aperture bracketing. To get the exact film sensitivity.

  18. Really enjoyed this. And your curation of famous Leica photos toward the end was great.

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