Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/07

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: 50mm Summilux
From: Edward Meyers <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 16:26:15 -0400 (EDT)

In the early 1960s Bob Schwalberg was at the Leitz factory
(working there). He came to New York with a black enamel
50mm f/1.4 Summilux (the new model). He told me that you can
tell the new model because it has half-stop click positions.
He wanted to own my Retina IIIC, so we traded. I still have that
second version Summilux you all are talking about. Nice lens. Ed

On Fri, 7 Sep 2001, Sal DiMarco,Jr. wrote:

> Luggites, and other crazies.....
>     According to Jim Lager, in his Leica Illustrated Guide Vol. III (1979),
> and I quote...
>     "About 1962, at serial number 1844001, the Summilux was recomputed to
> give better performance. It appears that official acknowledgment of this
> change did not occur, until late 1965. ......In late in 19658 the silver
> anodized and black paint versions lenses were discontinued and replaced by a
> black anodized 11114."
>     This would explain Mr. van Hasbroeck's 1968 and serial number quote.
> Happy Snaps,
> Sal DiMarco, Jr.
> Philadelphia, PA