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Got one a month ago on a lightly-used IIIa. Sent both off for CLA. Shot a test roll and got two pictures I like - a fire police officer resting on the back step of a pumper and our mostly black cat. The low contrast worked well for both, and they were sharp enough to suit me. A lens with an undeserved poor reputation.
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I picked up a very tired example of a Summar a few weeks ago - everything stiff, finish worn, front glass nearly opaque with scratches, and the rest of the glass covered in haze. I disassembled it, cleaned and lubed as appropriate, repainted the flaking black paint on interior surfaces, and spent many hours hand-polishing the front element with cerium oxide (it had been coated, but obviously that's now gone). It's not perfect, and probably never will be, but it was good enough to warrant testing, so I reassembled and mounted it on my X-E1. These are two from earlier today, both straight from the camera JPGs shot wide open (no hood).





All things considered, I'm pretty pleased, as the lens was completely unusable when I got it. The front element could probably be improved a bit more with continued polishing, but I'm going to shoot a few rolls of film first to see how it does before I make that decision.
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Thanks very much. I was pleased with how they came out, particularly considering the lens rehab.
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Great images! I presume you've removed only the coating from the front and rear elements and that the coating on the inner elements is still there. The coating on the inside seems to be more important than the coating on the outside.

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Great images! I presume you've removed only the coating from the front and rear elements and that the coating on the inner elements is still there. The coating on the inside seems to be more important than the coating on the outside.

Coated Summars are little jewels.

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Thanks. As far as I could tell, only the front element (both sides) was coated. The coating on the front surface was 98% gone due to the scratching, while the coating on the inner surface was partially gone - no idea why, but it was. I determined it was better to remove it, and the level of cleaning required would probably have done so anyway. There was no evidence of any coating on any of the other elements.
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As far as I could tell, only the front element (both sides) was coated. The coating on the front surface was 98% gone due to the scratching, while the coating on the inner surface was partially gone - no idea why, but it was. I determined it was better to remove it, and the level of cleaning required would probably have done so anyway. There was no evidence of any coating on any of the other elements.
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You've got quite some contrast out of it, the pictures look great. That's what it is all about.

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Indeed, it's all about the results. Contrast comes up a lot at and above f/4. I think getting the interior glass completely clean and repainting the sides of the cemented pairs makes a big difference.
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I picked up a very tired example of a Summar a few weeks ago - everything stiff, finish worn, front glass nearly opaque with scratches, and the rest of the glass covered in haze. I disassembled it, cleaned and lubed as appropriate, repainted the flaking black paint on interior surfaces, and spent many hours hand-polishing the front element with cerium oxide (it had been coated, but obviously that's now gone). It's not perfect, and probably never will be, but it was good enough to warrant testing, so I reassembled and mounted it on my X-E1. These are two from earlier today, both straight from the camera JPGs shot wide open (no hood).





All things considered, I'm pretty pleased, as the lens was completely unusable when I got it. The front element could probably be improved a bit more with continued polishing, but I'm going to shoot a few rolls of film first to see how it does before I make that decision.
Wow. Do you have before and after photos of the lens?

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More with the repolished Summar.





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Hello all, I'd like to introduce myself: my name is Wim, I take pics so now and then, I'm fond of old camera's, and this is one of the first pics made with my Leica IIIa-Summar-combo. I like the Leica IIIa a lot, but find it not easy to use it, because of the tiny finder. Thank you all for this wonderful website full of knowledge and helpfulness, which I experienced with my question about a stuck spool in the IIIa, already a few months ago.
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Commentary: the images from the repolished Summar are very inviting to the eyes, O2Pilot. It adds something both tangible and emotional to the photographs.
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Thanks, Daryl. It's definitely got some character. Here's a couple of more recent shots (the second one with a medium yellow filter).



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Neopan 400 and a clean uncoated Summar on a Leica IIIf. Really impressed with this lens.


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I just decided to test my old scratched up and hazed out Summar...wide open..mid aperture...closed down...





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Nice pictures, Rick. I am so glad that they finally got that bloody German after so many years!

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We had go in and drag him off the beach




I'd rather hang out with the WACs over at the communication center.

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Better than getting seasick on the assault boats, certainly.
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I like the framing of landing craft with the helmet and arm, Mr Flibble. Not easy with an old Leica finder! The German soldier has aged well, as have the WACs.
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Thanks,

These were taken at the Operation Medemblik 2017 last weekend. Various WW2 living history groups were camped out around the town of Medemblik. We were located at Radboud Castle. The British airborne unit were at the old steam train station, The Germans were at windmill and the US Airborne units were at a pumping station.
Trucks ferried tourists from spot to spot on both days.
At noon on Saturday and Sunday the American groups did a beach landing with the help of two Dutch Royal Marine landing craft and a couple of assault boats, against a German held beach and a load of impressive pyrotechnics.
It was an impressive show I'm told. I was too busy worrying about keeping my kit dry while charging ashore.
A few folks tripped leaving the boats and went into the drink head first.

I used my Leica M-E and Speed Graphic to record the rest of the weekend as well.
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