Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/10/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Another Puzzling Dilemma
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 17:59:07 -0700

I have such a Summaron. It was given me by my father-in-law who bought it
new for his M3 in about 1955. It came with a supplementary finder that
mounts on top of hte camera. It's a nice set up. One does have to focus in
the camera's viewfinder, but if the lens is stopped down there is little
need to be concerned about focus. It makes for the original point and shoot
camera, and is still better then modern versions of that annoying breed. A
good lens, although not up to modern versions.
Joe Stephenson
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From: Jeremy Kime <>
To: '' <>
Date: Friday, October 23, 1998 5:01 AM
Subject: [Leica] Another Puzzling Dilemma

>I just got back from a few days away where I found a trio of early M lenses
>for sale for a very cheap price, well, silly really!
>35/3.5 Summaron, 50/2 Collapsible Summicron and 90/4 Collapsible Elmar.
>The intrigue lies with the Summaron, it keys in the 50mm frame so you'd
>think it was for the M3, but there are no goggles on it, nor any marks
>they could have been attached, the whole lens looks original, the frame
>finder keying lug has not been re-worked at all.
>The only thought I've had is that maybe early 35mm lenses for the M3 were
>available before the goggles solution was invented? The frame line
>illuminated was perhaps deemed irrelevant as the supplementary finder would
>have been used.
>Any thoughts?
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