This is my Leica IIIF Black Dial from 1951. Almost all photos on the blog up until now have been taken with this camera and a Canon Serenar 50mm F/1.8 from 1951/52. It focuses pretty nice but is pretty hard to do in the dark. Apart from what people say, you don't HAVE to trim the film when loading a Barnack Leica, although I have had it jam because I didn't trim it once. I thought I wouldn't like the film advanced knob ( as opposed to a lever ) but It has grown on me. I got this particular body after it had been CLA'd and the curtains replaced. Its in beautiful condition with only one or two very small blemishes from the OG case.
This is the first and only lens I've used for the IIIF. I dig it. Its very pretty and Japanese made which is nice. The serial number puts it at 1951/52. The focusing action is super smooth and the elements have no scratches, hazing, fungus, or balsam separation. I'd really like to upgrade from this though. Something with a wider angle preferably. Maybe a 35mm Nikon or something.