Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/05/01

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Identity of Leica Screw mount Camera and Bokeh
From: "Robert G. Stevens" <>
Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 23:34:34 -0300


After reading your comments on the lens, I decided to put a roll of film
through the camera and see how it performs.  I went to supper this evening
at our Yacht Club and joined Payson and his wife at their table.  The below
linked picture was taken with the IIIa and the 5cm  F2 Summar.  It
certainly does have a 3d look to it.  Not bad for an uncoated lens made
over sixty years ago!  It was shot on Tri-X and developed in Rodinal 1-50.
The image is a direct scan from the negative.

Thanks once again for your comments on this lens.  I had bought the camera
for resale, but now I may wish to keep the lens for use on my M6 with a
bayonet adapter I have.  This afternoon I had mounted the M6 on a tripod
and took a picture with the summar and a new 50 2.8 Elmar.  It will be
interesting to see the slides and the lens performs in with colour film.


Robert Stevens

At 10:41 PM 5/1/98 +0200, you wrote:
>At 16:52 01.05.1998 -0300, you wrote:
>>The serial number of the camera is 258217 and the lens looks like
>>an uncoated 5cm f2 Summar serial number 383584.
>According to Laney, it's a Leica IIIa, produced in 1937. The 
>lens is produced in the same year, and is kown for it's soft 
>front element. It is one of my favored lenses because of it's
>3D rendition. It's best performance is between f 3.2 and 6.3;
>at f 2.0 it's very soft and the corners are a little dark. 
>I have chromes, taken at f 9, which agree in sharpness to the 
>rigid chrome Summicron, while color saturation is a little
>lower. In Germany, you need to pay for that camera (ex+, with 
>box and papers) around DM 1.000, about USD 560, UKP 340, maybe
>Alfred Breull