Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 50mm collaps f2.8 elmar
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 17:13:42 -0700

Dear Gary and Dawn,
Congratulations on the Elmar. Lens elements can be repolished and recoated,
but it is expensive. Unless the scratches are very bad, the lens will work
fairly. You have the best 50mm lens available in the Summicron. Why not just
use the Elmar for casual photography, etc.? I do think an old Leica w/ an
Elmar would be fun. But, I think I would end up using the modern kit almost
all of the time.
Joe Stephenson

I got really lucky and was given a 50mm f2.8 elmar.  Came with a chrome
leica lens cap.  However, the front element does have light scratches on it.
Is it possible and is it worth it to have this repaired.  The glass itself
is not foggy, nor does the rest of the lens have any fungus.   It would
appear to me if a recoating pro could rework it, it would be a real nice
lens.  Does Leica still redo old lenses like this? Has anybody done this?
And how dear is it?  I have made some images with it and it is not as
contrasty as my new lens of course.  I expected that.
What I would like to use it for are those sunny f16 days to keep the camera
close to me an unobtrusive until, a situation would present itself for
I have a 50mm f2 summicron already the last version with the detachable
hood, of which I adore.  Maybe this new lens could go on my second vintage M
body in the future!!!