FISON or FIRKUS lenshood with a 5cm Summar?

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by simon_bruxelles, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Will either of these work even though neither is marked for the Summar? The rectangular hood recommended for the lens is not only cumbersome it is also very expensive. My uncoated Summar has been cleaned but I am quite sure a lenshood is essential. Thanks, Simon
  2. FISON would almost certainly vignette. FIKUS (adjustable hood) works fine at 50mm setting. Some rare ones are even so marked. The FIKUS is heavy.
  3. I have both hoods and the Summar. The FISON is a perfect match for the Summar and does not vignette.. The FIKUS is way too big for
    such a small lens, I find.

  4. Back at my PC, here's a recent Summar shot - shot with strong backlighting at F/4.0 with a FISON hood attached. No sign of vignetting at all, fortunately. Incidentally, the filter fit is called "A36", so hoods for lenses that fit this filter size can be mounted on the Summar. The FOOKH (for the 35/3.5 Elmar) also fits, but is shorter, hence less effective.
  5. I am guessing that there would be a risk of vignetting at F2 especially if you are using a filter but that other apertures may be okay. Thanks for you answers.
  6. I had trouble with the FIKUS on the SUMMAR lens, it would cover up the Aperture indicator dot when pushed on all the way. Installing it a little more forward on the lens helps.
    But as said, it's kind of big for this lens...
  7. The FIKUS is fine for the Summar. I have used one for 30 years and no other lenshood. There is a slight loss of vision but it is minimal. There is a box type sunshade especially for the SUMMAR, I think it is called a SOOMP but it is big and clumsy.
  8. There is no vignetting. It is just that it very very slightly obstructs corner of the viwfinder. It's a first class hood and of course is designed for other focal lengths.
  9. Based on Soeren's 7 year old advice and excellent photo, I just yesterday picked up a nice black FISON for my nickel Summar.

    The larger hoods may be more effective at preventing flare but the tiny FISON is only slightly visible in the finder and doesn't add much size to the camera as a whole. Maintaining a diminutive form factor is a critical element of the beauty of Leica cameras.

    My copy of the FISON fits and locks easily and securely to the Summar lens, though as Rick mentions with the FIKUS, the engraved black paint-filled dot aperture indicator is obstructed when the hood is slid tightly into place. I don't see this as a bother though because the Summar also features a small protruding metal tab opposite the dot which also serves to indicate the selected aperture. This is not obstructed in any way by the hood.

    One potential issue is that when the FISON is installed such that the Leitz engraved script is facing up, the thumbscrew is on the side of the lens at about where I am accustomed to holding the aperture ring for adjustment. The simple solution is to rotate the hood so that the thumbscrew is facing down and not interfering with aperture adjustment, however, its interference is slight and probably not cause for alarm.

    Another point that I love about the FISON is that its front diameter matches that of the lens. What this means is that one can use the correct Summar lenscap on the FISON hood. Cosina Voigtlander lenses usually come with a lenscap that fits onto the hood also. I like this setup because the hood can live on the lens permanently and the cap will be used more often as it's easier to add and remove.

    I have yet to process any film from this setup but am expecting it to be favorable. Many thanks to Soeren for his perfect recommendation! JohnnyMartyrIMG_0341.jpg
    Rick_van_Nooij likes this.
  10. Dang, that is pretty.

    I'm afraid I've only got a chrome FISON these days.
  11. Boy, would I like to have a black FISON (hint, hint)..
  12. There is a number of FISON lens hoods on eBay, but I only saw one in black.

    When I got my Summicron 50mm f/2 I was able to choose among a vast array of clone lens hoods, but apparently not so much for the Summar.

    I guess the proper hood for LEICA SUMMAR 50mm f/2 is the SOOMP hood. It's not a very attractive one in my eyes. BIN prices on eBay start at $70 or so.
  13. What. Beautiful, classic outfit to be shooting with. Well done. That hood is the perfect topper.
  14. This made me look for my SOOMP. Found it in the original red box, still wrapped in CELLOPHANE! (Strange, since I distinctly recall trying it once, and deciding that it wasn't anything I was going to ever use.)
    My SUMMAR, incidentally, is a 1936 model which was sold to me as having been factory coated after WW2. Virtually as good as the first series Summicron.

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