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Old 23 Hours Ago   #41
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The coated Summitar is one of the sharpest lenses Leica has ever made. It has that classic Leica look and superb micro contrast.
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The 1937 Elmar 50/3.5 that came with my Barnack had only modest internal haze resulting in very low contrast by today's standards although resolution was acceptably good when stopped down a little to f/6.3.
I've cleaned some nickel Elmar 50mm lenses - from Leica IA cameras and interchangable ones - but I've never seen this "etching".

I've seen however a lot of Elmar 50mm lenses with ruined front lenses from mindless cleaning.

The Elmar 35mm is more difficult to get apart, but these suffer even more from haze, maybe because they are so small. However, I've cleaned two of them with fantastic results. No etching whatsoever. A clean Elmar 35mm is a superb lens.

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To me "haze" suggests some clown with a spray can of WD40 thinking that is how you prepare a lens or camera body for ebay. Add a hot day and a bit of evaporation and then condensation on to the cooler glass surface and there it is...

The other problem is that neither KMZ nor FED ever advertised their lenses as Leica replacement lenses but a lot of sellers do and so the story spreads and so do people's expectations.

What it boils down to is some perfectly good cameras ruined and some repairers banging their heads on the wall.


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I need to get into my 35mm Elmar and 28mm Hektor one of these days
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I need to get into my 35mm Elmar and 28mm Hektor one of these days

Get the manual from Nobbysparrow!


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Elmar nickel 35mm


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