LEITZ Hektor-M39 6,3/2,8cm
The Hektor 6.3/2.8cm lens was introduced by Leitz/Leica in 1935. It was the first wide angle lens for the Leica screw mount cameras that offered a larger angle of view than the Elmar 3.5cm and was used at the time for architectural, industrial and landscape photography.
Only a few of these lenses were produced with a nickel-plated surface in the first series in 1935 and the conversion to the silver-chrome version had already taken place within the first production lot. Further changes during the construction period include the conversion from German to international aperture scale and the placement of the serial number.
This was usually engraved on the back of the lens and only on very late lenses is the serial number located on the front.
There were different viewfinders available for the Hektor 6.3/2.8cm lens, for example the SUUOQ folding finder or the TUVOO attachment for the VIOOH universal viewfinder.
The offered Hektor 6,3/2,8cm was made in 1941 and is in, according to age, very good condition. The focus is smooth and backlash-free, as does the aperture setting.
The glasses have a slight cloudiness, are otherwise also in very good condition. In general we recommend for a classic Leica lens from this time a service if flawless function is desired.
What makes this lens special is the much finer divided distance scale. This is sometimes found on Elmar M39 3,5/3,5cm lenses (with or without military markings) from the same time, also.
Some Hektor M39 2.8cm lenses delivered to the German Navy also have a finely scaled distance ring.
Total production: approx. 9.700 units
Rarity forecast: R6
incl. 19% VAT