Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Steinheil Culminar
From: "Dan Post" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 09:07:45 -0500
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Thanks for the info- I was sure that they weren't pikers after trying the
lens! It was a pleasant surprise- and I would say that anyone wanting a
cheap, but decent LTM moderate telephoto, the Culminar is not a bad bet! I
am going to attempt a cleaning on the otherone, too! Very interesting, and I
have come to admire those who do this professionally! As an aside, I have
been working on a FED I, trying to get the shutter curtains
re-installed...completely re-placed is the right term! It came with a Fed
5cm/3,5 lens, that though is not quite up to the Leitz quality, is
nonetheless fairly well made, and seems to be a simple Tessar type optic. I
am getting up the nerrve to clean the haze from it, and am eager to see what
this particular lens might do in comparison to my Elmar.
Iam going to have to breakdown and get your book, I am afeard!! Having been
exploring the Jupiter 35/2,8 that has beentalked about here, I have to agree
that the Russian and Ukrainian lenses are somewhat underrated, and for a
diversion, and for fun, shooting with them is not all that bad.
My experiements with the Zenit 20mm/with the 42M Pentax thread were rather
rewarding. Since I bought it so I could try WIDE WIDE angle on the cheap-
less than $150 for lens AND Pentax body!- I thinkthat it has shown me that
the 24mm or the 28mm Leitz lens might be more to my style! Aside from having
trouble keeping my feet out of frame, the wide wide format os not one I use
all that much. I have found that the 35 Jupiter bolted on my IIIc is one I
use as a 'tote 'em about' outfit, and seems to suit the way I see the world!
Let me know is you have any copies of the stated reference- I would prefer
an autographed copy!!!

Dan (The Cheaper Alternative...Shopping tip #346: You can get shoes for 85
at bowling alleys.) Post

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Marc James Small" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 9:02 PM
Subject: [Leica] Steinheil Culminar

> At 08:15 PM 3/27/2001 -0500, Dan Post wrote:
> >I was given a couple of Steinheil-Culminar 135/f4 LTM lenses, and since
> >don't sell for doodly on *YOU KNOW WHERE*, I decided to see if I could
> >one and see what it might do.
> >Has anyone else used this optic? It has an aluminium barrel high
> >of the Russian 135 I used to have, and is not as sturdy as the Hektor,
> >surprisingly sharp.
> Oh, Danny boy, must I be forced to slide from my normally most reticent
> mode to remind all about NON-LEITZ LEICA THREAD-MOUNT LENSES:  A 39mm
> DIVERSITY, by <ah-HEM> that scholar and all-round-nice-guy y-clept Marc
> James Small?  Available from Petra Kellers, of course, at
>, along with many another fine work on fine
> cameras.
> Steinheil is a fascinating concern;  the founder of the company was Caesar
> Augustus Steinheil, hence the later CASSAR lenses.  The company was highly
> thought of in the middle of the last century:  for instance, those
> "Heidosmat-Anastigmat" viewing lenses on Prewar Rolleiflex cameras were
> made by Steinheil, as was many a fine Novar for Zeiss Ikon.  The company
> had sufficient clout to hire the great Ludwig Bertele away from Zeiss in
> 1941.  It closed its doors in 1961 when the family became tired of running
> an optical works and sold out.
> Marc
>  FAX:  +540/343-7315
> Cha robh bas fir gun ghras fir!

In reply to: Message from William Gower <> ([Leica] A question for collectors - M4 Midland (black chrome))
Message from Marc James Small <> ([Leica] Steinheil Culminar)