Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Hektor infos needed
From: John Collier <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 14:42:42 -0600

As I had a major project in the "wc", I grabbed the latest copy of the LHSA
Catalog and perused it for suitable matches. Please remember these are
ASKING prices and not necessarily particularly related to how much the
selling price was.

135/4.5 Elmar, not standardised, engraved xxx on barrel     EX    $475US

135/4.5 Elmar,  as above    EX    $375

Also the early lenses we have been talking about are ELMARS which were made
to 1936 not HEKTORS which started production in 1933.

John Collier

> From: John Collier <>
> This is an early lens built before the Leica II became available in 1932. If
> it has a mark on the lower part of the lens barrel, a small white arrow
> though a circle, then it has a standardised lens mount (starting 1931). If
> it has a three digit number engraved on the lens barrel, then it was made
> for one specific camera before the lens mount was standardised. What is it
> worth? Considering the condition probably not that much. It is a moderately
> rare lens, being uncoupled, but collectors are usually after EX+ at a
> minimum preferably mint. Now if a collector had the matching camera and was
> looking for its original lenses......
> John Collier
> Even if the lens did not have a standardised mount originally, it may have
> been converted to a standardised mount which would explain why it is no
> longer with its matching camera.
>> From: robert o beaudoin <>
>> I have just seen a 135 mm Hektor lens in an antique shop.  It is a
>> screw mount lens in desperate condition cloudy and brassy and dirty.
>> However the lens is not rangefinder coupled, it is not numbered,  has a O
>> near the screw mount and has what seems to be a brass screw mount.
>> Question: is this an edition that I should leave where it is or scoop
>> it up because it will make the delight of collectors on eBay.