Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/20

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Subject: Vs: [Leica] Makers of Leica Lenses
From: "Raimo Korhonen" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 10:50:10 +0100

Elmar was at first Elmax = Ernst Leitz + Max (Berek) and the it was changed for Elmar (more euphonious?) in 1925. Hektor was professor Berek´s dog.
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Lähettäjä: Guy Bennett <>
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Päivä: 20. tammikuuta 2001 6:05
Aihe: Re: [Leica] Makers of Leica Lenses

>>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)