Be aware of “attrape” Leica cameras and lenses

Leica M2 Attrape dummy camera and 50mm Summicron

Leica M2 “attrape” dummy camera and 50mm Summicron lens

Dumb Leica CL camera and 40mm lens

“Dumb” Leica CL camera and 40mm lens

Macfilos published an interesting article on “attrape” Leica cameras and lenses:

A Trap. When you think of it in these terms, Leica’s word for dummy cameras and lenses makes sense. Attrape comes from the French verb attraper, meaning to catch (a ball, or a cold for that matter) but is also used in the English sense of “being caught” or conned. From as early as the Leica III, Wetzlar has been at attraping us with a wide range of very authentic dummies, mainly intended for display purposes.

Some “attrape” Leicas can be found on eBay.

Something interesting – all Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH Edition 0.95 lenses included an “attrape” model of the same lens:

The “prototype B” lens from my yesterday’s post is not an “attrape” lens.

Pictures credit: Reddotcameras

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