Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Makers of Leica Lenses
From: Guy Bennett <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 20:24:19 -0800
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>Summicron = Summit + Chroma, meaning "the summit of color (chromatic)
>Elmar:  Wasn't this the name of someone's wife?  Like maybe Oscar Barnack's?
>Or the lens designer?  What was his name?  Max Berek.  Maybe his wife.  Best
>I can do on that one.
>Bob Fleischman

Let me take a stab at "Elmar":

Elmar = El + Mar, meaning "the sea."

Perhaps the connotations were "with a depth of field rivaling the depth of
the sea"; or perhaps, "with this lens you'll 'sea' some improvement in your
photography"; or perhaps again: "'seaing' is believing."

Now, who'll have a go at Hektor?

L.A. (by the sea)

In reply to: Message from "Lee, Jonathan" <> (RE: [Leica] Makers of Leica Lenses)