To be honest, there are a couple of questions that
I have to rely on some of the Leica Guru out there to furnish these info:
WHY an Elmar optical diaphragm being engraved on
the M6G ? Basically, you have to go and refer back to 1924's Leitz Elmax 1:3.5 f=50mm
(can be considered as an improved version from the original Leitz which forms the
basis of the later Elmar optical design. The LSM version of the ELMAR lens was sold
from 1924~1959 and the ELMAR-M was marketed for the M-bayonet Leica from 1654~1961.
Dennis Laney's Leica Collector Guide quoted these " Leica lens of all time by far with the highest
production figures totaling 365,852 units....
The Elmar 1:2.8/50mm has had been re-computed and incorporating new Lanthanum glass
to enable faster lens speed of 1:2.8 in almost similar 4 elements classic Elmar design..
total production approx. 38757 units (M-mount) and approx. 27357 units in screw mount
....". In terms of sales figures, the slower speed 1:3.5 Elmar out performs
the 1:2.8 version but due to use of rare earth glass, the 50/2.8 has better review
than the predecessor it replaces. Overall, acknowledgeable both are categorized under
the same lens breed and conclusively, both are ELMAR 50mm.
".. Elmar 4 elem. design, it has to be
considered that it was born as a variant of the original Leitz Anastigmat (the first
lens mounted on the Leica 1... dream of collectors), then renamed Elmax : this was
an original Leitz design (Max Berek) with FIVE elements, the last being a triplet;
then, the last group was redesigned, stretched to two elements, and entered THE ELMAR
... the final 4 elements design (1926), albeit conceived as a variant of the original
five-elem. resulted anyway very similar to the well known Zeiss Tessar (which was,
by its part, used in other gear made at Leitz factory at that times) and Leitz waited
for 1927 (expiry of the Tessar design patent) to apply a patent for the Elmar...".
Luigi B. <http://www.l-camera-forum.com>
|LEICA M6G Titan In 1992, Leica AG has unveiled
a regular production LEICA
M6 with a very distinctive Titanium body finishing.
Some references had quoted M6G Titan was introduced in 1991. I would not agree with
this remark simply based on the fact LEICA M6G Titan shares identical features and
uses the body chassis / finishing of LEICA M6/T. It couldn't be released prior to
official debut of M6/T. Anyway, this is not an important issue as it only relates
to different opinion in the release date(s). BUT I do have a big headache here and
wondering anyone can help to resolve this:-
The LEICA M6G TITAN was the last model in the M6G series.
It shares many basic features of regular chrome/black M6G models EXCEPT for a) a
Titanium plated body finishing; b) The leather work on the M6G Titan also shares
customary Ostrich/EMU leatherette as used on the M6/T. c) The engraving at the top
plate in usual cross section of optical design has shown a 3-elements diaphragm which
I can't provide an answer what lens it was referring (see illustration at the left).
|The usual engraving on the chrome and black M6G is a
1:1:2 4-elements ELMAR. The illustration on the M6G TITAN also looked like an ELMAR
but the rear two optical element cemented together as one which makes it showing
a 1:1:1. formation. 3-elements ELMAR ? It couldn't be an ELMAR 1:4/90mm which has
3-elements design as the front element of the 90/4 is a big spherical optical piece
while the rear element should be in convex-shape. Dennis Laney's Leica Collectors
Guide page 158, he has briefly mentioned "..the rigid companion (ELMAR 90mm
f/4.0) of the Collapsible ELMAR-M had been replaced by the 3 elements design.."
but the optical illustration printed along in the book has no whatever similarity
with the diaphragm as engraved on the M6G TITAN. So, can anyone help to provide a
clarification here ? The two photos of the LEICA M6G TITAN below provides a closer
view of the mysterious optical design of the unquoted optic. I guess any of the LEICA
M6G Titan documentation would provide a firm answer to this, if you have one of the
M6G Titan, can you check and inform me the detail and I will update the info accordingly.
The Leica roundel has this .. hard to identify
metal color nature. It definitely doesn't looks Gold plated to me. The cross section
optical diaphragm engraved has shown an unidentified 3 elements lens breed.
Another issue that relates to this early Swiss distributor configured LEICA M6G variant
that also needs further clarification is:-
I read references which quotes "..only a total of 100 cameras were produced
in black, chrome, titanium...". On the other hand, sequential year of release
for the three M6G models was quoted as being released in 1990 (chrome), 1991 (Black)
and 1992 (Titan). I would believe chrome and black M6G were either released simultaneously
or one-after-another in 1990 (or may be extended to early 1991). My basis of this
assumption was firstly, based on economical of scales in making such a request for
a special edition. If the combined quantity among the 3-variants was only exacting
number of 100 units; which means to say each variation would be spliced in theoretical
33 units in equal proportion but we all know that is not the usual case in real life
scenario. It could be in 40:40:20 or 35:35:30 etc. That was if assuming the M6G/T
was introduced at the same time as well as sharing the same features with the M6G
chrome/black, then - such possibility may exist. But this was not the case with the
M6G/T which bears a different illustration engraved on the top plate and this may
require to be produced in separate batch in production and/or assembling. Come to
think of it, I wouldn't know how much would it cost to produce a shipment of 20-30
units in a special request of a M6G/T variation model but definitely it is not very
economical to call for another batch of production where the quantity of oder may
rise in order to offset initial setup cost.
Actually, if you are observant enough to read the various serial codes marked on
the LEICA M6/T above, it has S/N 191140x which is quite a distance away from
Leica production S/Ns as compare to the Chrome/Black Leica M6G whcih bear S/N 1780xxx
& 1794xxx respectively. So, REGARDLESS what was the total quantity being
produced, both couldn't be produced at the same production batch or even during the
same period of time. In fact, earlier I have mentioned chrome and black M6G could
had been produced one series and followed by another, the S/N for the chrome/black
M6G partly reflects my claim as well. So - a more logical conclusion could be: if
assuming 100 units is correct, it should be split between the chrome & black
i.e. 50 units each. It could also be 100 units each for chrome and black version.
While the LEICA M6G/T has an undefined quantity (I hope the last xx/20 was not referring
to actual quantity of 20 units.. dead). Actually, it sounds very stupid to make assumption
and wild guess in a page because all
these unanswered issues can simply be handle by a seasoned LEICA collector, LEICA
AG and/or FOTO GANZ officials within a minute.
The only problem is, so far there is no one bother to provide an acceptable answer(s)
to my request for assistance. Until then, this site can only put
up these series of questions awaiting for some conclusive answer(s) to update the
content in this section.
Anyway, for those who may be curious to find out
HOW MUCH does any of these LEICA M6G may cost today; here are a few references to
that questions where I extracted from series of online auctions:
Leica M6G Black, 1990 Codes: 034-02x
M6G w/S/N 179448x; Start Price:- ¤ 1,600; Hammer Price:- ¤
2,000-00 (Units in EURO)
Leica M6G Chrome, 1991 Codes: M6 G 032-02x w/S/N 178077x; ; Start
Price:- ¤ 1,600; Hammer Price:- ¤ 2,250-00
Leica M6G TITAN, 1992 Codes: 040-028 M6 G TITAN 20/20 w/S/N 1911405x;
; Start Price:- ¤ 1,900; Hammer Price:- ¤ 2,375-00
* NOTE;- Indicative price(s) herein is/are based original prices
published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to
varible factors such as conditions, gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations,
and/or other renewed valuation methods.
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