Glossy BP Summaron 3.5 Goggles - rare?
Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
Registered User
flagellum is offline
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 3
Glossy BP Summaron 3.5 Goggles - rare?

Hi all,

Recently got my first Leica (M3 SS), which came with a goggled 35mm f3.5 Summaron lens. I got to looking around for info about the lens online, and noticed something peculiar - virtually all of the photos online show the Summaron goggles as having a rougher, almost hammertone-esque texture. On my copy, however, the goggles are painted glossy black and are smooth to the touch/eye. The accents/rear of the goggles are chrome, so I don't think it's a black paint goggle that's been stuck on a chrome lens, and the paint job is smooth enough that it would have to be a very well-done customization if it was one.

The only example I've been able to find was attached to a prototype Summaron at a Westlicht auction. My lens serial number doesn't fall into any special range as far as I know (1360708) so I don't think I've struck gold in that regard.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be the case here? Additionally, does this increase the value of the lens at all?

I've attached a photo below, would love to hear your thoughts on my situation.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0250.jpg (21.1 KB, 23 views)
  Reply With Quote

Old 1 Week Ago   #2
Erik van Straten
Registered User
Erik van Straten's Avatar
Erik van Straten is offline
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 5,750
This is a normal M3-version (but can be used on all M-Leicas). On your lens the goggles can be removed (loosen the screw on top). Only the later ones, from 1958 or so, had the black crinckle-paint.

However, your version is not very common. Also, the f/3.5 Summaron is better than the f/2.8 version (above all in the corners).

In use, the goggles must be installed, if they are not, focusing will be incorrect.

  Reply With Quote

Old 1 Week Ago   #3
Registered User
flagellum is offline
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 3
Thanks, Erik! Anyone have any idea whether this version would command a significant premium over the more common version? I'll probably keep the lens around, but if it's highly collectible or something I'd rather use it to fund something a bit faster than 3.5.
  Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 20:44.

vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.