A Visual Profile on Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition Kit
Lenses: LEICA SUMMICRON-M 1:2/35mm LHSA Edition - Part III - MIR Image Library

 

The picture below is one of the three important components found in a standard package supplied along with the LEICA M6 LHSA 25th Anniversary Edition Kit. i.e. The camera body and the three Summicron-M 35/50/90mm LHSA Special Edition lenses. The wideangle lens in the package is a SUMMICRON-M 1:2/35mm in silver chrome finishing. It matches very well with the special edition M6 camera, which is also in similar attractive finishing. You can treat the wideangle Summicron-M lens featured here as any of the standard issued Summicron-M 35/2 because other than it bears a unique engraving of "LHSA 25th Anniversary" as well as a special allocated Serial Number which matches the encoded S/N on the camera body accessory shoe; there is no other significant features that separate the lens from usual production units.

Summicron-M 1:2/35mm, Summicron-M 1:2/50mm; Summicron-M 1:2/90mm
The three-Summicron f/2.0 wideangle / standard / telephoto lenses all are in silver- chrome finishes:-

Wideangle
Summicron-M 1:2/35mm;
Standard lens
: Summicron-M 1:2/50mm
and telephoto lens
: Summicron-M 1:2/90mm
   
IF you are observant enough, you probably will realize an interesting fact that associated with this kit: ALL the 3 companion lenses chosen were Summicron-M with a standard moderately fast 1:2 maximum aperture. Wouldn't it be possible in using a faster Summilux-M 1.4 for both the 35 and 50mm lenses in the kit ? Yeap but what is purpose ? I guess one of the good point in the decision in its final configuration for the kit was adopting a preference on price-versus-performance ratio. Adding the benefit for those who would be having a full collection of the 3 prevailing classic Summicron-M optic at one go. Personally, I feel it was considerate enough for LHSA to enable affordability for enthusiasts.

Leica M6 Classic LHSA 1968~1993 25th Anniversary Special Edition  w/ limited edition of Summicron-M 1:2/35mm wideangle lens
Oh.. forget to highlight an issue, i.e. the chrome hand grip used in the series of picture here is NOT part of the package supplied with the LEICA M6 LHSA 1968 - 1993 Anniversary Edition. I bought it separately

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.

Leica Summicron-M wideangle 35mm f/2.0 lens for M6 Classic LHSA 25th Anniversary Special Edition reverse angle view of a Leica Summicron-M wideangle 35mm f/2.0 lens for M6 Classic LHSA 25th Anniversary Special Edition
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.

Leica Summicron-M wideangle 35mm f/2.0 lens attched on a Leica M6 Classic LHSA 25th Anniversary Special Edition camera with lens hood attached
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).
Leica Summicron-M standard lens 50mm f/2.0 lens LHSA edition for M6 Classic LHSA 25th Anniversary Special Edition camera
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 end coverage.

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.

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 LHSA 25th Anniversary Edition Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 LHSA 25th Anniversary Edition with lens hood reversibly store
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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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
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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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