Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/09/10

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Steinheil lens
From: Jem Kime <>
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 15:54:45 +0100

maybe Marc isn't subscribed at present but I have a couple of Steinheil 
lenses (and also Marc's book).

Marc writes remarkably little about the firm (on p.50) merely naming them 
and their 8 lenses which were produced in LTM. These were made in the 
1950s, the high point of German optical outpourings in Leica fit. The 
Culminar has the honour(?) of most likely  being the most highly produced 
of all the non Leitz LTM lenses made. 135mm was always a popular focal 
length in those days, probably as most optical firms already had 135mm lens 
designs in their 'arsenal' from large format ranges. Therefore the 
price/worth is never likely to be great but I think they frequently have 
more interest than their price anyway, ebay often sells them for less than 
$40 but probably not mint. Performance will be less than startling.
So you finally decided to get a non Leitz/Leica lens then?! Any reason why?


- -----Original Message-----
From:	Jim Brick []
Sent:	10 September 2000 08:40
Subject:	[Leica] Steinheil lens

I just picked up a Steinheil Munchen Culminar 135/4.5 LTM lens (with Leitz
M adapter) #1630813, silver, no click stops, absolutely clear and mint.

Can anyone tell me anything about this lens?

Its worth, if it has a worth.

Many thanks,


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