The Elmar 4,5/13,5cm lens appears for the first time in the Leitz/Leica sales lists in 1930 and was produced until 1936. Originally built in a non-standardized version and adapted to the respective camera, the lenses were marked with the last three digits of the associated camera. From 1931 followed the design with a standardized lens mount, which could be used with the Leica I (Model C). Both early versions did not yet have a rangefinder coupling
The change to the rangefinder coupled and standardized version took place in the year 1932. Since that time the Elmar 13,5cm were used in all Leica screw-mount cameras in full functional range.
Offered is an Elmar 4,5/13,5cm in standardized and uncoupled version. Remarkable is the condition which is clearly above the expectations for such a lens. The cosmetic condition of this black lacquered Elmar 13,5cm with the nickel plated focusing scale and the engravings designed with bismuth is mint!
Furthermore, the rare, short rear cover for the non-rangefinder-coupled lenses is still available. This is an absolute exception!
As already mentioned, this Elmar 4,5/13,5cm is in such a beautiful condition that it is a must for every collection. In combination with a Leica I (Model C) and, for example, one of the early "torpedo viewfinders", it can easily be a highlight in a collection of early Leica models from the 1930s!
total production: 5.259 units
Rarity forecast: R6