Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Dr. Strangelens, or....
From: Edward Meyers <>
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 16:29:48 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 4 Aug 2000 wrote:

> I think I'm beginning to get the picture.  So the gentleman never actually 
> used the collapsible lens to make a photograph.  He just carried it around 
> for months, making thousands of measurements.  Then he taped it into the 
> locked position forever.  Am I missing something or just foolishly jumping to 
> the conclusion that he used the lens for photographic purposes?
> Joe Sobel
I don't believe Bob did one thing and told others he did something else.
Somewhere around the early 1980s Bob got rid of all his Leicas and lenses.
He had a going feud with E.Leitz (sort of). He was very upset that they
did not follow his recommendation to GO OUT OF THE CAMERA BUSINESS.
They didn't listen to him, so he gave up on Leicas. His last Leica
was his finely tuned, beautiful M3 with 50mm f/2 1960s Summicron.
I think it ended up at Ken Hansen's place. Bob did keep his Zeiss
Ikon Contax IIa with 50mm f/2 CArl Zeiss Sonnar and 50mm
f/3.5 (rigid) 
 Carl Zeiss Tessar, for a few years. He gave it up
the day he sold this to me. Still have 
In 1965 I visited Bob in Wetzlar. While there he sold me a IIIb
Leica with a spring motor for the $200 it cost him to buy and have
overhauled. I had this for about one or two years and sold it
for the same $200 it cost me (to be ethical) to a friend, whom I
hear sold it for a big profit not long after. So much for ethics.


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