Next weekend I intend to use my old film camera, a Leica IIIf, to photograph an encampment of War of 1812 re-enactors who will be at Little Lake Park in Midland, Ontario for Canada Day.
The Leica IIIf is a 35mm film compact rangefinder camera with the Leica screwmount lens mount. With a collapsible Elmar 5cm f3.5 lens, it is a very small, eminently pocketable camera.
It has no swing open back like many old film cameras. Instead it has a removable base plate and although this makes reloading slower and fussy, it results in an incredibly strong body.
Below is some internet resources and a series of my photos and you should pay attention in particular to the shot of the back that shows the two eye openings for the rangefinder and the viewfinder. You use the rangefinder to align the split image. You use the viewfinder to frame the image, it shows the full 50mm view.
some stuff about loading the Leica IIIf, as always its amazing what you can find out about a 60 year old camera on the internet
http://photo.net/columns/joshroot/filmtown/2009/january/leica-IIIf-fuji-provia-100f by Josh Root on photo.net
Cameraquest article, Leica IIIf RD ST Camera as art form http://www.cameraquest.com/3frdst.htm
Leica IIIf with Elmar 5 cm f3.5 lens extended into shooting position
Leica IIIf fitted with a Leitz Hektor 13.5cm (135mm) telephoto lens
front view of Leica IIIf with 5cm Elmar lens collapsed and lens cap mounted
Top view of Leica IIIf with Elmar 5 cm lens collapsed
Leica IIIf rear view showing location and size of eye openings for Rangefinder and separate viewfinder
Leica IIIf side view showing Elmar 5 cm lens extended into shooting position
how to trim the film leader for loading in a Leica IIIf
Screwmount Lens size comparison: l. to r. Jupiter 8 5cm f2.0 lens (non-collapsible), Elmar 5cm f3.5 (collapsed), Cosina Voigtlander 5 cm f3.5 (collapsed) – a bit misleading, the CV has its lens flare hood attached
former Soviet Union Leica copy, Fed 2 with Jupiter 8 5cm f2.0 lens
glass roof, my photo made with Leica IIIf and Elmar 5 cm lens
Greek Orthodox Church near Barrie, Ontario, Canada, my photo taken with Leica IIIf and Elmar lens
site of dismantled CPR trestle at Hogg Bay, near Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada, my photo taken with Leica IIIf and Elmar 5cm f3.5 lens