Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/09/22

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Subject: Dogs & Dog Names: 1.9/73 Hektor & 1.5/85 Summarex
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 08:46:19 -0400

Max Berek designed both these lenses.  He had two dogs, Hektor and Rex.  It
is difficult to think poorly of a man who would name his lenses after his
dogs, though Mark Twain would probably have differed.

Bluntly put, the 1.9/7.3cm Hektor was simply an early lens which was never
terribly popular and which was not perceived as being all that good
optically.  It was retired immediately the War ended as new and better
lenses were becoming available, particularly the 1.5/8.5cm Summarex.

The Summarex was a Wartime lens originally developed for surveillance
purposes.  Again, it was an adequate, though not sterling, performer which
never made much of a dent in the market and which sold poorly.  It was
expensive to make and expensive in price.  The 2/90 Summicron -- based on
new optical glasses -- was a vastly superior lens in all regards.  Once the
Summicron was in regular production, the Summarex was allowed to fade from
the scene.


Marc James Small
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