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Leitz ELMAR 3,5/3,5cm lens in nickel

A Leitz rangdinder ELMAR 3,5/3,5cm in nickel with good 7 o'clock EKURZ, nickel finish, with an original red lens case. Approx year produced: 1932. Below: non Standard mount.

   
Surfaced during an online auction, this original Leitz ELMAR 3,5/3,5cm lens in nickel was for a IC with non-standardized mount (camera no.xx139), and 'close focuses' down to 50cm. Approx. year produced: 1930
A Leitz rangefinder ELMAR 3,5/3,5cm in nickel with good 7 o'clock EKURZ, nickel finish, with an original red lens case. Approx. year produced: 1932. Below: non Standard mount.

 

A Leitz rangfinder ELMAR 3,5/3,5cm in nickel

Elmar was the first interchangeable lens for Leica and was immensely popular with record shows over 40,000 units had been sold between 1930~1949. Compact and has short extension. The early Nickel version may not be interchangeable and throughout its life span, may see different versions in different configurations as well as purpose had been produced by Leitz. Leitz also had a slower Elmar 1:4.5/3,5cm made as cheaper alternative to this f/3.5 lens.

Anyway, here is well preserved early version of a Leitz Elmar 3,5/3,5cm lens in chrome with feet scale, and original lens cap and red lens case. Approx. year produced: 1932. This was auctioned with a hammer price of approx. EURO 388-00 back in 2009.
A typical collapsible Leitz Elmar 3.5/3,5cm lens, when mounted onto camera, the extension is merely 14mm. The compactness and the slightly wider picture angle has made the lens a firm favorite for many photographers.

During war time, some of the Leitz lenses were having marked with different engravings which were for military use. Luftwaffen-Eigentum = Air Force, Heer or W.H. (Wermacht Heer) = Army, M or M with a Reichsadler (Swastika with Eagle) = Navy. Here is one version with Luftwaffen-Eigentum. Many of these lenses had premium over standard commercial version. Authenticating genuine of these can be difficult.

ELMAR 3.5/3.5cm | ELMAR 3.5/3.5cm Stereo Outfit | Summaron 1:3.5/3.5cm | Summaron 1:2.8/35mm | Summicron 1:2/35mm

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