Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/01/24

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Subject: Re: Film ID, 50mm, Variable (zoom) for M's
From: "C.M. Fortunko" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 1997 19:41:34 -0700


I don't agree at all with your conclusion about the DR Summicron. - It is
not sought after by the collectors. However, let's keep this secret to
ourselves. Otherwise, the prices of DR Summicrons will soon be higher than
new Summicrons. 

Incidentally, my DR Summicron is a thing of beauty. It has been machined by
a real craftsman and designed by people who knew how to take advantage of
different alloys of brass and steel to maximum mechanical advantage and to
produce that Leica feel. Furthermore, the physical beauty of this lens puts
the new 50mm chrome Summicron to shame. In fact, it is so beautiful that I
prefer to use the newer lens. (I forgot to mention the quality of the

By the way, do you have an extra pair of eyes, case for the eyes, or, even
better, a DR Summicron for sale. Mine needs a companion.

Best of light,


At 08:35 PM 1/24/97 -0500, you wrote:
>My 1955 Leica M3 has a dial on back which can be set to disclose film type
>and ASA speed. Also, the leather case has a window thru which the dial is
>As for the diminution of viewfinder area as we focus closer, the M's don't
>compensate, but I've never found that to be a problem in the real world.
>I've found the 50mm to be the best all around lens, particularly when
>conditions permit moving in or backing away. All the other focal lengths lose
>their advantage once the subject is out of their specialized range.
>Had a discussion with Leitz about a variable focal lens for the M. about 20
>years ago. They replied that they had experimented with such a design but
>found it compromised quality and really didn't work well. The viewfinder
>correspondence proved to be a complicating factor and the camera became
>ungainly. The dual range Summacron is related to that design. And that didn't
>go anywhere in the long run.