The Leica Summilux 1.4/35mm presented at the Photokina 1960 was considered the fastest 35mm wide angle lens for 35mm photography at its time!
During the very long production period from 1960 to 1995, there was no change in the optical design, but from 1966 the lens barrel of the Summilux was changed to accommodate filters of the series 7 and later the locking of the focusing lever at infinty setting (the so-called “infinity lock” ) has been dropped.
Early designs of the lens have a steel ring at the lens barrel for attachment the lens hood. Therefore, these versions are called “steel rim” in English-speaking countries.
The offered Leica Summilux-M 1,4/35 in silver chromed finish from the year of 1960 belongs to the first version of this lens type. The cosmetic condition shows normal signs of use. Technically and regarding the glass, the Summilux is flawless! Including the rare lenshood OLLUX!
Total production numbers of the 35mm Summilux-M with “steel rim” are not recorded/unknown.
Rarity forecast: R7