A Photo Profile on Leica M6 Titanium-finish rangefinder camera models -Part III/III MIR Image Library

 

An origina Leica M6/T in Titanium plated finishing with a spilt Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 Non ASPH lens, camera with black anodized hand grip
As you can see, my 10 years + Leica M6/T looks really rotten and with a lens that has a loosen front lens element which I have kept a side for years, just to shy to show it online. So, below are series of views that I managed to get a good buddy of mine (Tony L) who had invested in a M6/T as a personal collectible set to show them in with a better shape display. His M6/T was brand new, bought along with a re-designed Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPH lens to compliment his M6 Titanium Classic collectible kit. I am showing mine simply because they both provide a good comparison between the old and new matched combination and these will provide a rough idea how lens development has progressed for the last 10 years or so.

I have a friend who has a very interesting character Other than good wine, cigars and also like collectible watches. He enjoys photography and due to heavy business commitment, he couldn't find time to go around shooting pictures. The last few years, he has developed a new interest in collecting Leica as well. Probably he is the only friend of mine whose maid can identify each and every label of camera models and lenses in his private collection room. he has good taste for everything he likes. Between the M6TTL Titanium Set and the classic M6/T, he has opt for the older classic version. The lens he bought along was a Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH as shown below.
   
Front view of a Leica M6 Titanium plated finish with a new Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4 f=35mm( 35mm f/1.4) ASPHERICAL wideangle lens attached.
Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/50 ASPH. A good all round wideangle lens for a broad range of photographic applications. In a way, with its slightly wider picture angle and comparative wide aperture of f/1.4 - it offers as a better option than the Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm standard lens.

Download LEICA online Technical Spec for SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH (PDF 204k)

M-Lens Technology w/info on Aspherical Lens development (PDF 1.3MB)

Leica Summilux-M 1,4/35mm ASPH lens on Leica M6 Classic titanium Finish body

Download LEICA online Technical Spec for SUMMILUX-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH (PDF 204k)
M-Lens Technology w/info on Aspherical Lens development (PDF 1.3MB)

Based on technical spec, it should offers better performance than the original Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm Titanium finish that sold along with as an original lens for the M6/T. The key highlight was the deployment of aspherical lens element technology which technically offers excellent detail rendition, flatness of field and extremely well compressed coma. It can close focus down to 0.7m (28') and Leica is confidently stating its optical performance can be extended to such range without too much of compromises.

Optical Design for Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

   
One of the most distinguishable feature of the lens is the convex-shpae front lens elements at the front/rear section - different from conventional front exposed spherical shape optic. Despite incorporating with an aspherical lens element in its interior optical design, the Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH is not as compact as what Leica termed as "compact" and is considerably having quite a large overall dimension as compare to the previous non-ASPH version. Except for the overall body length/weight, it actually comes close to a comparing Summilux-M 1.4/50mm ASPH (11859) (an external download link at LEICA AG, Technical spec file in PDF 1.8MB). The comparing 50mm/1.4 ASPH measures 52.5mm length, almost same dimension at 53.5mm but weighs heavier at 335g). Leica is offering three different finishing for this fast speed wideangle lens: the more popular should be the black anodized or the silver chrome finish; the Titanium version has a usual smaller issued quantity produced.

If size/weight is an issue, you can also consider alternate
Leica Summicron-M 1:2/35mm ASPH (2001) with a slower lens speed (Here is an external download link at LEICA AG, Technical spec file in PDF 480k), it used to have a Titanium-finish model which was produced in 500 units, but now Leica only offers black anodized or silver-chrome finishing. On and off, the Titanium finishing Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0 ASPH in Titanium outfit is constanly surfacing in the used equipment market. Anyway, if you don't have the kind of mental block in concluding the original Titanium-finish Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 model is far inferior to the current 1.4/35mm ASPH version, you can easily get one from any of the popular online auctions or trading places.

Others: Some basic info on a series of Summicron-M 1:2 28mm ASPH Titanium, Summilux-M 1.1.4/50mm ASPH Titanium as well as an APO-Summicron-M 1:2/90mm ASPH Titanium lenses that issued along with the Leica M7 50th years of Leica M-system Special Anniversary Edition which was released in 2004.

Side technical illustration of Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens
Basic Specification on Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH wideangle lens

Bayonet Mount:- Leica M quick-change bayonet; Focal length:- 35.6 mm
Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical):- 63°, 54°, 38°
Optical construction/Design
:- 9 elements in 5 groups w/ 1 x Aspherical lens element (5th); Entrance pupil:- 16.8 mm (related to the first lens surface in light direction); Focusing range:- 0.7 m to Infinity (oo)
Distance Settings
:- Combined meter/feet-increments scales; Smallest object field:- 420 mm x 630 mm; Maximum Reproduction Ratio:-1:17.5
Diaphragm
:- Manual. With click stops (including intermediate values)
Maximum/Minimum Aperture:- f/1.4 ~ f/16
Dimension:- 46.2 mm (length); 53 mm (largest diameter)
Weight:- approx. 250 g / 415 g (black anodized- / silver chrome finish); no info on the Titanium-finish model but it shoudl be heavier as it was plated with additional layer over standard version(s).



LEICA CAMERA M6 TITANIUM PARTS
OTHER ISSUES: No matter how you used your LEICA, I guess for normal course of use, it should withstand any form of user abuse and not affecting its internal mechanism - except for the casing. Don't worry, you can still change your exterior of the M6 exrerior casing individually and give your camera a refreshing outlook. HERE is M6 Titanium exterior casing for top and bottom plate.

Below is a mini-showcase of various photos taken during the session for preparing this site, just Click for Xplosive individual View(s). You may use them for any purpose (NO credit is necessary), with the strict EXCEPTION for the purpose of Sale/Trading where your actual unit in possession / disposal should be used - this is to protect interest of another potential Leica investor/photographer. Curse or beat me if you like, but this is essential business/personal ethic to follow on the Network.


Photo Profile on  Leica Titanium Finish Classic body  with mathing Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version with a black hand grip Film back and Film speed reminder disc at the rear of Leica M6 Titan Front view of Leica Titanium Finish Classic body  with mathing Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version Side view of a  Leica Titanium Finish Classic body  with mathing Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version
Top and nice view of a  Leica Titanium Finish Classic body  with mathing Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version with Black Anodized Hand Grip Top view of a  Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version Front view of Leica Titanium Finish Classic body  with mathing Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version Eyepiece of Leica M6/T
Top view of a  Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version Top view of a  Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version Top view of a  Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 original version
Top two rows: M6 Ti w/black anodized hand grip & a damaged original Summilux-M 1.4/35mm Ti lens; Bottom Row: Leica M6 Ti w/ original Summilux-M 1.4/50mmTi - both of the Titanium Finish 35/50mm are Non-ASPH versions.

Leica M6/Ti w/Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH rectangular lens hood mounted on a Motor / motorised power winder
For those who may be interesting an a better or more comfortable hold with your Leica rather than a simple attchment hand grip as shown earlier, aided with power film advance accessory, you can consider a Motor Winder such as this setup that auctioned by a Canadian Chinese camera dealer via Ebay. This setup consists of a Leica M6/Ti w/Summilux-M 1:1.4/35mm ASPH with companion Leica made rectagular lens hood mounted on a Motor winder. Lovely combo isn't it ?

Credit: Image(s) courtesy of a very seasoned Canadian online trading dealer Foto-Canada@Ebay®. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

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Credit: A special thanks to my buddy, Tony Leong® <work place> in sharing his private collection of various Leica/Leitz camera/lenses.