The Elmar 3.5/5cm lens is one of the first Leica lenses and was used from 1926 in the Leica I (Model A). From 1930 the lens was offered with interchangeable mount and was matched to the corresponding Leica I camera body. In the following year the srew mount thread was standardized and starting from 1932 the Elmar 3.5/5cm was then also coupled with the rangefinder of the camera.
In the further production of the lens, various changes were made, for example, on the aperture scale, the finish of the lens barrel and the last two versions from 1951 had a changed optical design. The Elmar 3,5/5cm manufactured from 1926 to 1959 and due to the high optical performance early acquired the reputation of being THE standard lens for the Leica.
And nowadays, the Elmar 3.5/5cm is regarded as the classic Leica lens, which has contributed considerably to the success of the Leica camera models.
Offered is an Elmar 3.5/5cm with a red aperture scale from 1951 which is part of the late version with new glass varieties and modified optical design. This type is identical to the parallel-built version with Leica M bayonet. The technical and cosmetic condition is very good to mint. The lens is supplied incl. the separately available lens hood.
A well-preserved lens and a perfect complement to one of the Leica f-models from the 1950s, such as the Leica If from 1955, which was shown two days ago.
Total production: approximately 365.852 units, of which approx. 78.478 units have a red scale
Rarity forecast: R6