Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/11/30

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Subject: [Leica] Leica IIIa and Summar
From: pswango at (
Date: Wed Nov 30 20:48:11 2005

I liked the look of Richard's Summar pictures, though I agree that they 
lacked a little contrast.  My experience with the Summar is that you need to 
find a clean one, and preferably a coated one.  None of the original Summars 
were coated but a fair number were coated later by Leitz.  I found a coated 
one a couple of years ago and it's been one of my favorite lenses ever 
since.  I just posted a gallery of Summar shots at Smugmug so folks can see 
what a good one can look like.  You can see them here:

I think the ones taken in the art gallery (6&7) were shot between f/2 and 
f/2.8.  One thing that helps with these older lenses is that you can tweak 
the contrast in PS.