The Summicron-M 2.0/35mm does not really need any special introduction, it is nevertheless one of the most legendary Leica lenses for 35mm photography.
Generations of photographers have operated with the focal length 35mm impressive reportage or street photography and the focal length still belongs to the most popular Leica lenses for the Leica M cameras.
The first Summicron 2.0/35mm was produced from 1958 to 1964 both with screw mount as well as with Leica M bayonet mount. The optical design was identical in both types and the version with M bayonet was produced even until mid 1969, before it was replaced by a subsequent version with a simplyfied optical design.
The Summicron-M 2.0/35mm was the first wide open wide-angle lens for Leica's rangefinder cameras to significantly expand the range of early, not very sensitive color films of the 1950s. The color quality obtained with this recording material, or generally image quality, when using the Summicron-M 2.0/35mm was absolutely equivalent to the reference lens of that time, the Summicron-M 2.0/50mm. Therefore, reportage photographers and photojounalists extended to the 35mm wide-angle lens.
What exactly was the fact that the first Summicron-M 2.0/35mm brought its legendary reputation can hardly be said with certainty today.
Of course, the relatively small number of only about 577 lenses of this type with screw mount and their popularity with collectors contributes to this. But also the "normal" design with M bayonet mount enjoys high attention from collectors and users alike.
Total production: approx. 28.000 units with M mount
Rarity forecast: R7