Leica Standard (Model E)

35mm MF film viewfinder camera



Production details:
Order No.:ALVOO / LENOT - body only
AROOG / LEMAX / LYSTA - body with ELMAR 50/3.5
AROOGCHROM / LEMAXCHROM - same as AROOG or LEMAX but chrome finish
System: Leica SM (1930)
Imaging plane:
Maximum format:35mm full frame
Mount and Flange focal distance:Leica screw mount [28.8mm]
Imaging plane:36 × 24mm film
Speeds:1/20 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering:None
Exposure modes:Manual
Rangefinder and Viewfinder:
Rangefinder:Accessory (FOKOS, FOKOS-CHROM)
Parallax compensation:-
Physical characteristics:
Weight:<No data>
Dimensions:<No data>
Body cap:14055
LOPEN / 35355

Manufacturer description #1

Standard Model Leica Camera (also known as the Model E) does not have a built-in rangefinder. A separate detachable rangefinder was supplied which fitted into the accessories clip. It has one top shutter speed dial providing speeds from 1/20 to 1/500 sec. and Z (Bulb). The rewind knob can be lifted up. Both satin chrome and black finishes were supplied.

Manufacturer description #2

Black enamelled or chromium finished, screw mount for interchangeable lenses, slip-on rangefinder, focal plane shutter 1/20 to 1/500 sec., pull-out rewind knob. Serial No. from 100000.

Manufacturer description #3

We have received innumerable requests to bring out a LEICA camera at less cost, and perhaps slightly simplified, but hitherto we have hesitated, as the carrying out of a simpler model seemed to necessitate the sacrifice of some of the essential properties which have given the LEICA the lead over all miniature cameras. However, as we wished to meet the changed economic conditions as far as possible, we have decided on taking the important step of bringing out a model without the built-in automatic range finder at a considerably lower price. This camera is known as the Model E. In it we offer a camera which contains the same precision workmanship found in all LEICA models.

As the Model E LEICA costs considerably less than the Models D and F, it can be purchased by the photographer who wishes a LEICA but cannot quite afford the other models at the present time.

At any time, the owner of a Model E LEICA can have his present camera converted so that it will be an up-to-the-minute Model D or F at the usual conversion charge.

The Model E LEICA may be equipped with almost all of the hundreds of accessories which are used on the Models D and F. The same lenses, filters, sunshades, and other devices are interchangeable on ALL models of the LEICA.

To assure crisp, sparkling negatives, a range finder is included with the Model E LEICA. It consists of a square tube, in the center of which is mounted a calibrated dial with markings up to infinity distance. This range finder operates like the other types of range finders (Instafocu, Fodis, Fofer), except that it is shorter and lies horizontally on the camera. A swivel lug is built below the range finder which fits into the grooved slot on the roof of the camera. This permits the focus to be accurately tested and checked, and the lens, adjusted accordingly.

When shutter speeds on the camera are to be changed, the range finder can be swung sideways so that it will not interfere with the manipulation of the shutter-setting dial.

The range finder may or may not be used on the camera, as the owner desires.

Manufacturer description #4

The model E LEICA is often referred to as the "basic LEICA". It lacks some refinements, such as the built-in Autofocal range finder, slow and high shutter speeds, and neck-strap eyelets. A detachable horizontal range finder, however, is supplied. All LEICA models so far considered are basically the same in size, design, workmanship, and operation.

The model E LEICA is preferred by those who give first consideration to price or wish to use a camera exclusively for copying work and photomicrography where the range finder and wide selection of shutter speeds are not needed. The model E is of course standard in every respect, and therefore accommodates all LEICA lenses, filters, and other LEICA accessories. It is supplied in black lacquer finish only.

This model makes a strong appeal to the amateur who does not care to invest in a model D, F, or G at the present moment, but who at the same time does not wish to accept any substitute foy genuine LEICA photography. Of especial interest to these is the fact that the model E may at any time be converted to the model D or F, thus modernizing the original "basic" LEICA. Here is a revolutionary idea which was originated by the manufacturers of the LEICA and which has proved a great success. Imagine, for example, your buying a four cylinder car and later on converting it into an eight cylinder - that is exactly what LEICA offers you when you purchase the model E, or D, respectively. The soundness of the basic principles of the LEICA make this possible, and it is definite proof of the genius and engineering skill which stands in back of it.

No matter which model LEICA you finally decide upon, be it the model G, F, D, or E, you are assured of the same standard quality, precision, and workmanship. No efforts are spared to make all models the finest cameras available, regardless of price.

From the editor

The Leica Standard is the successor of the Leica I (Model C). It does not have a coupled rangefinder but features a very bright viewfinder. The most striking difference to the Leica I (Model C) is the extensible rewind button, so that rewinding the film was made much easier. Like the Leica II, it has no eyelets for the carrying strap.

Production began shortly after the Leica II. The Leica Standard was produced from 1932 to 1950, almost in equal quantities in black (13,545 units) or chrome(*) (13,680 units) versions. A total of 27,225 units were made.

(*) - The manufacturer description from the Leica booklet dated September 1935 indicates that the model E "is supplied in black lacquer finish only", however, the camera was also produced in chrome finish.

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm
  • Area: 864mm2

FOKOS (1933-1945)

Base 75mm, for LEICA Standard, pillar for fitting into special clip provided with the Standard. Black and nickel, black and chrome, or all chrome.


Chrome version of FOKOS.

LOPEN / 35355

Lens opening cover of metal for LEICA screw-mount cameras.


Protection cap, for camera body with screw thread, chromium plated.


Protection cap, for camera body with screw thread, black finish.

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.


Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),


CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.


A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.

The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.


The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Fixed diaphragm

The aperture setting is fixed at F/ on this lens, and cannot be adjusted.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.


Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.


Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.


Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.

Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.

Lens caps

Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.