|The Summcrion-M 1:2/90mm offered with the kit has a nicely
designed built-in telescopic lens hood; but both the 35 & 50mm Summicron-M lenses
have been, respectively supplied with a handy black, harden plastic lens hood instead.
In this respect, I thought the wooden display case could have been increased with
another inch in height to contain the relevant accessories. Perhaps, it would be
even better if it was added with slots to keep the, for an instance, the lens hood(s).
There is no way to close the wooden display case properly if ever you think of keeping
the 50mm lens inversely stored with the lens hood. The rectangular shape lens hood
for the 35/2 can not be reversibly stored on the lens, so you have to store it outside
or keep it elsewhere. If these had been addressed originally with the design of the
wooden case, that would be lovely.
The SUMMICRON-M 1:2/35mm has been around in the LEICA
lens group since 1958. It has gone through at least four phases in refining the optical
design. The last of the non-ASPH series, which is related to the lens as shown was
probably introduced at the beginning of '80. For an introduction on the few changes
involved with the different versions introduced over the years, you can CHECK HERE.
This is how the Summicron-M 35/2 old classic with the
lens hood looks like when mounted on the LEICA M6 LHSA 25th Anniversary model. The
lens hood design is rectangular shape. As compared to many circular-shaped rubber
lens hood supplied by Japanese labels for their lenses, this design seemingly provides
a better shade in backlit shooting. It is not a metal but surprisingly very rigid.
|The standard lens in the LEICA M6 LHSA 25th Anniversary
Kit was a SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm. A classic lens type which has been around since 1953
in collapsible design with the screw-mount. The first LEICA M-version which has the
same design was introduced in 1954 which replicated directly from the LSM model (its
followed model was a non-collapsible type, also available in 1954). As this is not
a lens page, so I will just keep it briefly. Although SUMMICRON 50/2 may be having
a time honored status, but internally it had been gone through at least a few rounds
of changes with its optical design ( you can conclude it has three major change in
7E/6G ~ 6E/5G ~ 6E/4G and that was why even though it enjoys such a fine reputation
all these years, but sometimes you may read there are people who say not all Summicron
50/2 are the same). In the Leica site, you may find this 1980 Summicron 5-/2 is one
of the rare few lenses which was still being offered in an original form (NON-ASPH).
SUMMCRION-M 1:2/50mm lens is often
used as the companion optic for many of the Leica M6 special releases e.g. LEICA
M6 Colombo '92, M6 Rooster etc. and most of them were usually supplied with a lens
hood as well. In the Leica Site, the lens was mentioned the latest version has a
built-in telescopic lens hood. If ever it has, I seriously doubt it provides a better
stray light shielding effect than this Snap-On, click in type which has a wider front
Download a copy of the brochure / technical sped sheet of this lens in PDF format
from LEICA AG.
In many ways rangefinder camera system wth its unique focusing system is different
from a SLR and emergence of zoom lenses during the '80 has not directly affecting
rangefinder system. In most cases, the 50mm standard lens may be affected in some
ways but not as drastic as in the case of SLR. Well, with its limitation, there were
not too many choices either and this, many of the first time LEICA camera buyer would
usually settle with at least a 50mm lens. Standard lens with 1:2 maximum aperture
was once used to be the 'standard' during the LSM days because any of the SUMMARIT
1:1.5 f=50mm, XENON 1:1.5/50mm or the Summilux 50mm/1.4 were simply considered as
too expensive for many. Even today, the Summilux-M 1:1.4/50mm wasn't that cheap either,
so despite the development in all these years, the Summicron-M 50/2 can still find
a slot in the market place, serving as an extremely compact, lightweight and affordable
alternative lens package for Leica photographers.
A side section view of a LEICA SUMMICRON-M 1:2/50mm
and another view with the lens hood which can be store reversibly onto the lens.
Unfortunately, in this formation w/hood and added with the large dimension lens cap
snap on, the height hinders the wooden display case to close properly. You ought
to remove the hood/cap and store them separately.
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Anivversary Kit - SUMMICRON-M 1:2/90mm.
Part 1 - Introduction | Part 2 - The Camera Body LHSA 1968~1993 Edition
Lenses: Part 3 - Summicron-M 35/50mm
1:2 LHSA edition |
Part 4 - Summicron-M 90mm
1:2 LHSA edition / other issues
Main Index Page
- Leica M6-series models
Main Index Page - Leica-M Rangefinder
Nomenclature / Main Reference Map for Leica M6 Standard Model(s) applicable for this Leica M6 LHSA 1968~1993 25th
Anniversary Edition Kit
Instruction Manuals:- Leica M6 Classic in PDF (3.8mb) also applicable for this Leica M6 Leica M6 LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary
Edition by Niels H. S. Nielsen
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