New 50mm Summicron LTM

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by john_galloway, Aug 17, 2000.

  1. Does anyone know with certainty if the new 50mm Summicron LTM is the same latest version as the M mount?
     
  2. John - are you referring to the 50mm Summicron which Leica released as
    a limited production LTM lens in Japan a year ago? I've been searching
    unsuccessfully for one of those for over eight months, and so has
    Stephen Gandy. I've come to the conclusion that its virtually
    unobtainable.

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    If you know something different, fill me in!
     
  3. Dear all,

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    I have seen the 50mm Summicron LTM together with one or two other LTM
    lenses, such as the 35mm Summicron asph in silver, in Hong Kong. I
    believe they are still available. Of the topic, I also came across a
    Canadian 90/f1.0 Leica M-Mount lens! It is a huge lens indeed!

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    Good shooting
     
  4. The 35 and two 50s are listed in the Eli Kurland ads in Shutterbug, so
    I assumed they were available.
     
  5. I'm sure you and Steve Gandy have looked, but its usually eminently
    worth checking with Luigi Crescenzi of Leicatime (www.leicatime.com)
    in Italy, if I may suggest so.

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    In the Far East, the various Hong Kong shops always seem to have a
    few rarities floating around-those guys are all networked and can
    locate any item (at a price!) if there is an example in town.

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    You may check with Kinefoto in Hong Kong, but I don't have a street
    or web address for them. They are on Stanley Street in Hong Kong, if
    you know of anyone going that way.
     
  6. Yes, it is the same optical formula.
     
  7. Rich, a good dealer, has one on the shelf. Contact him at:

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    Photovilla@aol.com
     
  8. A couple of these (50mm and 35mm) I think were on offer on ebay
    recently. They are identical to the M lenses. Lovely if you have a
    Leica screw mount!
     
  9. Try Classic Camera in London. I saw them there this summer.

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    Matt
     
  10. Does this kind of behavior leave any doubt that the Leica management
    people are crazy?
     
  11. No, contrary to popular belief, the LTM lenses are NOT identical to
    the M ones in all respects. However they are mostly the same,
    including optical formulas. I believe the 35 has a different (larger)
    hood than the M version, and it's possible (though I cannot confirm)
    that the LTM lenses focus only to 1 meter instead of 0.7 (or maybe
    the barrel just isn't marked for 0.7) -- not sure what the real story
    is there but if close focus is important to you, you might check it
    out. I do know that on at least some M3's for example the rangefinder
    will not focus closer than 1 meter. The lens might be able to,
    however.

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    . The optical formulas are the same, as are most other aspects of the
    lenses, but
    \they aren't identical.
     
  12. To anyone that has been looking for these LTM lenses, my new
    Shutterbug magazine has just arrived and Tamarkin is selling the
    following lenses at a reduced price:

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    35mm Asph Summicron for $1299, 50mm Summicron for $849, 50mm Summilux
    for $1399.

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    All of these lenses are chrome and have the full USA passport
    warranty. The prices represent a savings of between two to five
    hundred Dollars from the list price.
     
  13. Thanks Al

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    I just ordered one of the 50mm Summicron LTM's from Tamarkin. Great
    price! They still have a few left.

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    Finally, I'll be able to use the IIIf with modern Leica optics. I
    can't wait!
     
  14. The 50mm Summicron LTM that arrived yesterday is physically identical
    to the M-mount lens, excepting the absence of the little red index
    dot (and the mount, of course).

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    Amazing that these are selling for the same price as the M-mount
    lenses. Now I suppose I should replace my 35mm Summicron-M with the
    more versatile screw mount version as well.

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    Between these and a couple of the Cosina/Voigtlander lenses, I've got
    a critical mass of interchangeability between my M6 and IIIf, making
    the IIIf a perfectly viable and small second body. I don't know if
    this concept works for everyone, but I'm happy as a pig in mud.
     

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