LEITZ 35mm lens group Summaron Series for LEICA rangefinder cameras - MIR Image Library

 

Leitz's Summaron 3.5/3.5cm wideangle lens
Leitz Summaron 3.5/3.5cm wideangle lens

Summaron 35mm lenses could have started delivering to the market in 1949. However, in line with the changes in Leica as well as the market, there were quite a few versions and/or configuration being made for the Leica cameras.

The earliest batches were in screw mount, possible in 1954, bayonet mount version was produced along with the LSM. A
LEICA M3-specific model with a dedicated ocular attachment was produced for models due to lack of 35mm bright frame line later in 1956. According to Leica hand book, there are fixed focus Summaron for MD/MDa.

Shown left is dual units of the Summaron f/3.5/3.5cm lens that uses A36 filters In 1958, the lens was replaced with a Summaron f/2.8/35mm model which was supplied both in screw and bayonet mount.

Dual  Leitz Summaron f3.5/3.5cm lenses

An early display cutaway model (without lens elements) 
to show the contruction of the 
LeitzSummaron f3.5/3.5cm lens in 1949

An early display cutaway model (without lens elements)
to show the construction of the
Leitz Summaron f3.5/3.5cm lens in 1949

Below:
comparing the early/late version of the Summaron f/3.5/3.5cm lens. A Leica MD Post for German Post with a fixed Summaron f/3.5/3.5cm


comparing the early/late version of the Summaron f/3.5/3.5cm lens.

 A Leica MD Post for german Post with a fixed Summaron f/3.5/3.5cm


Leitz's Summaron 2.8/35mm wideangle lens
Leitz Summaron 2.8/35mm wideangle lens

The version at left and below has cosmetic changes as it is a late model (1959) , the version which also has both screw and bayonet mount, and uses E39 filters.

Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. Images Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer(s).
Leitz's Summaron 2.8/35mm wideangle lens rear section lens mount (LSM)

Leitz's Summaron 2.8/35mm wideangle lens side views of lens barrel and distance scales

late version of Summaron 2.8/35mm in 1961

<<< --- Leitz's prototype Summaron 2.8/3.5cm wideangle lens, 1949/53

An interesting view of a prototype Summaron 35mm f/2.8 in retrofocus design which was shown in an online auction back in 2008. It never went to market nor in production, possibly it defies the compactness of wideangle design to fit the Leica.


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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Credit: Images courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008.
Images Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer(s).