Leica 250 Reporter
|Leitz Leica 250 Reporter GG (1937)|
image by Stefan Engstrom (Image rights)
The Leica 250 Reporter is a body variant of the Leica screw mount rangefinder. It was designed to take bulk film by rolls of 10 meters, allowing 250 exposures. The film was charged in special film cassettes (code KOOBF).
Two prototypes Leica 250 DD were made based on the Leica II. According to Luigi Crescenzi in Classic Camera issue 19, s/n 114051 was later modified to a 250 GG and s/n 114052 still exists (in chrome finish). Serial numbers are between 130001 and 150200. 
The Leica 250 FF was based on the Leica III, with slow speeds, and the Leica 250 GG on the Leica IIIa, with 1/1000 top speed. Most were black but some existed in chrome. Less than 1,000 were made. There were many small variations: some had no slow speeds (see here for example), some were coupled to a motor drive. Fake Leica 250 Reporter are known to exist. Serial numbers are between 260001 and 352500 with a few up to 353916. 
Independent craftsmen have modified ordinary Leica cameras to load bulk film. The work can vary from crude to excellent, but these are not Leica 250 Reporter.
- Leica Historica p.157
- Leica Historica