LEITZ dual range Summicron-M 2,0/50mm
The Summicron 2.0/50mm was offered with a fixed mount for the first time in 1956. It replaced the previously built version with collabsibel mount.
Like the predecessor, this Summicron 2.0/50mm was available in screw thread mount as well as with M bayonet. In addition, the M lens had a version with an extended near-focus range.
Early Summicron-M 2.0/50mm had the distance scale either in meters or Feet, later the scale was combined. There are different forms of knurling on the focus ring and in the engraving of the lenses and also the accessories changed over the years its form. For example, there are three different types/basic forms of the lens hood for this lens type.
The screw mount version of the Summicron 2.0/50mm is a very popular and very rare version with an extremely small number of only approx. 1.160 lenses build.
The so-called dual range Summicron-M 2.0/50mm was in production from 1956 to 1968 and Ernst Leitz New York has this lens until 1973 in the sales lists.
The optical design is identical to the standard version of the Summicron 50mm, which shows how high the imaging performance of the seven-lens construction was and still is today. Among many users and collectors, this version of the Summicron 50mm has earned a legendary reputation and there are lenses which are still regularly in use.
It can be seen as an appreciative reminiscence that Leica produced the anniversary version Summicron-M 2.0/50mm "50 years Summicron" in a mounting which is based on the classic Leica Summicron lenses from the 1950s.
Offered is a dual range Summicron-M 2.0/50mm from the year 1956. The lens is supplied including the viewfinder attachment SDPOO for the close range.
The technical and cosmetical condition is very good to mint.
The lens has been recently serviced and the glasses have been professionally cleaned. However, a very fine hazyness could not be completely removed.
There is usually a small plastic pin on the viewfinder attachment for aligning the lens. These were very often removed by users of the Leica M5 and later models (M6TTL and M7) so that the dual range Summicron 50mm could be used on these models. The plastic pin on the attachment of our lens has been removed, also.
This milestone among the 50mm standard lenses for 35mm photography has to be in every collection and it is a joy to photograph nowadays with a well preserved one.
Total production: approx. 55.145 units with dual range mounting
Rarity forecast: R5
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