I think this camera will break records: 100-year-old Leica goes to auction

Leica 0-series no.121
(Image credit: Wetzlar Camera Auctions)

If you are a Leica loyalist, you might know the significance of the Leica 0-series of cameras and how it changed the world in photography as we know it today – and how it developed the best Leica cameras of the future. To the untrained eye, though, this just looks like an old camera our grandmother might have used back in the day.

That is far from the truth with these special cameras; the Leica 0-series were the first production prototypes of any Leica camera. There were roughly 22-25 copies produced, 2 years before the official Leica camera was launched.

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Sebastian Oakley
Ecommerce Editor

For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.