A Visual Profile on Leica M6 COLOMBO '92 rangefinder camera model - Part III/IV for MIR Image Library

 

Leica M6 Chrome Colombo '92 Special 500th Anniversary Edition collectible rangefinder camera with Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Colombo Edition, engraved metal body cap, lens hood and chrome Hand grip

Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Special Colombo '92 collectible edition with engraved lens data Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Special Colombo '92 collectible edition with engraved lens data and lens hood inversly stored Side view of a Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Special Colombo '92 collectible edition with engraved lens data
     
An actual Leica Colombo '92 Anniversary Model should have a matching Summicron-M 1:2/50mm. It has special engraving on the front ring with additional lettering of COLOMBO '92 and followed by the matching serial number e.g. A 08, as shown in my set. The 7-digit serial numbering was Leica production S/N. It should also be supplied with a dedicated hard plastic, matte black lens hood. The three views each show the front engravings of lens data and Colombo '92 w/S/N. The center photo shows the lens hood reversibly stored on the silver-chrome Summicron-M standard lens while the last picture on top shows the lens in full body length.
Side view, Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Special Colombo '92 collectible edition with various standard lens features
I took some shots of the COLOMBO engraving, but forgot to show the lens details. I have found one at left. The Summicron-M 1:2 f=50mm was essentially using the brilliance time proven classic 6E/4G optical design.

Optical Construction, design for the Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Special Colombo '92 collectible edition
Download PDF files for Summicron-M 1:2/50mm literature(s): 1994 version or instruction manual for 2001~ version via Summilux.net (both in German; 2) Leica AG site (current non-ASPH, classic version in English)

So, with the companion Summicron-M Colombo Edition lens attached on the M6 Colombo '92, it looks really well and am I exaggerating that this was one of the best looking Leica M6 in the series ?
Leica M6 Chrome Colombo '92 Special 500th Anniversary Edition collectible rangefinder camera with Summicron-M 1:2/50mm Colombo Edition lens hood and chrome Hand grip EDIZIONE LMITATA PER POLYPHOTO SPA, ITALIA

There is one very unique feature of the Leica M6 Colombo '92 edition, somehow the silver chrome finish body parts have a rather unusual ultra-smooth feel. It gives you a kind of feel as if it has been coated with a layer of modern plastic film on its surface - kind of hard to express in words (My English is bad enough, this makes it even worse). It is quite different from other Leica Silver chrome plated bodies. I do own a few other collectible Leica Special Edition cameras, and do have basis of comparison to make such a comment. This was partly one of the reason why I treasured this camera more than others. If any one of you have any information pertaining to this (the plating process used in this edition), please do provide some information on this to satisfy my curiosity regarding why it has such a feel. Well, my Leica is not intended for sale, I don't have to make up something out of nothing here, but I'm just sharing a find. It was the kind of thing that first made me feel Leica makes better cameras than the Japanese in terms of quality. If it was a result of a different process during manufacturing, it should be highlighted and carried forward to other new Leica bodies.

The rear section of the body has the engraving of POLYPHOTO SPA, ITALIA. Even though I don't know a word of Italian, the "EDIZIONE LIMITATA PER" could just be translated as LIMITED EDITION SET FOR". The jungle green leatherwork of the Leica Colombo '92 looks like a single piece which is extended from the front to the back. The hinged, flip up film back section was also covered with the same texture leatherette, with the strong color making the contrast of the ASA input disc very clearly readable. The bottom section of this photo shows the hand grip I mentioned earlier.

rear section view of a Leica M6 Chrome Colombo '92 Special 500th Anniversary Edition collectible rangefinder camera  with the special Italian engraving EDIZIONE LMITATA PER POLYPHOTO SPA, ITALIA


To show you details in the leather work for the Leica M6 Colombo '92, I took a close up view. It is primarily a jungle green when you look from a slight distance. In magnification it shows a mix of paintwork on a slightly rough surface, the base texture is something like a raw, original unpolished kind of work - like oil painting. I can not described how it looks, other than using this visual to show you in magnified form.


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