The Summarit 1.5/5cm was available from Leitz/Leica from 1949 onwards. As a further development of the Xenon 5cm lens, it brought increased imaging performance and was primarily used for availabe-light photography and reportage use, with both photographic fields the improved imaging performance was very welcome.
During the production period from 1949 to 1960, the lens was subject to several minor modifications which, however, all concerned only the barrel of the lens. The optical design remained unchanged. Parallel to the version with screw mount the Summarit was also built with M bayonet beginning in 1954.
Even from today's point of view the imaging performance of a Summarit 1.5/5cm, in at least good condition, is remarkable and the finely nuanced color reproduction of this lens has a very special appeal.
The offered Summarit-M 1,5/50mm is in a very good to mint condition. The last regular service has been in October 2021.
All in all, the condition for a lens built in 1953 is better than one would expect.
Total production: approx. 25,689 units
Rarity forecast: R6