How to Tell Real Leica Cameras from Fake Ones

May 29, 2018  By Richard Rejino

In this installment of the LHSA “How To” video series, LHSA member, Lars Netopil shares his 5 tips on how to tell real Leica cameras from fake ones. Lars Netopil is a Leica historian, collector, and dealer located in Wetzlar, Germany – you can find Leica Store Wetzlar just steps away from where Oskar Barnack shot.  Helen Todd sat down with Lars to discuss his 5 tips.

  1. Learn the definition of a fake Leica
  2. Compare what you know is genuine
  3. Consult literature
  4. Find the original finish
  5. Find out if the same serial number is already known

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Interviewed & Produced by: Helen Todd at Sociality Squared

Recorded by: Kyle Hamman

Edited by: Erik Hogan

Music by: Akashic Records

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.


Thank you for posting this video. Next time it would be so much better to show some examples of good fakes and how to visually tell the differences, rather than rely completely on the voice of the speaker.

    HI Brad! Thank you for your input. We are always open to suggestions that enhance the LHSA experience for our members!

      I recently came across a Leica M3-907 122 from watching this video i believe that i have an original Leica camera. Can you tell if there is anything is missing

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