For over 40 years, the Leica Pocket Book has been the most respected point of reference for all things Leica, from product descriptions to production numbers and serial numbers of lenses and cameras. The new 9th Edition, published this week, adds ten years of development and over 100 pages of information. The book is packed with information and has a place on any Leica owner’s bookshelf
Now published by Red Dot Photo Books, a subsidiary of the London dealership, Red Dot Cameras, the new edition now sports a crimson cover, breaking the link with the previous book.
Major editing task
The 9th Edition has been edited and extended by one of Britain’s foremost Leica enthusiasts, Dr Frank Dabba Smith, with assistance from other specialists and with additional contributions from David Slater, the noted technical expert. Others, including Macfilos editor Mike Evans, have been involved in the more mundane task of proofreading the new pages.
From the Ur-Leica from over a century ago right up to the M11 and the latest lenses, including the 35mm APO Summicron-M, this comprehensive reference manual has it all. Individual product pages include a full description of the camera or lens, production numbers for each year and variations, including special editions.
Perhaps the most useful feature of all is the extensive serial number tables. All camera numbers from 1923 to 2022 are now listed, showing the cameras they were assigned to and the year of manufacture. In addition, the book includes a table of all lenses manufactured between 1931 and 2021, referenced by year of manufacture. The information is vital if you are buying any used film camera or M lens.
The Leica Pocket Book 9th Edition is a must-have reference medium for all Leica enthusiasts. It is available now from Red Dot Cameras at a cost of £30. Full details of international shipping prices are listed on the order page.
All photographs in this article by Mike Evans
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