LEICA Summilux-M 1,4/50mm silver chrome
The Summilux-M 1,4/50mm was introduced in 1959 and built until 2004. In this period, the optical formular was re-calculated once and the lens received various small changes. Originally provided with clip-on lens hood and close-range of one meter, the late version (from 1995) has a built-in lens hood and minimum focusing distance of 70cm.
These lenses were produced in addition to the regular series version (black chrome) with silver chromed and titanium plated surface.
Also various special models of the Summilux-M 1,4/50mm were made over the years by Leica. There are among others Summilux 50mm lenses with platinium surface, in black paint as special model and also silver chrome with deviating specification (for example the limited edition with M39 screw mount connection for the Japanese market).
The Summilux-M 1.4/50mm has always enjoyed a high priority among Leica photographers within the lens system of the Leica M series and enjoys great popularity.
The imaging performance is not quite as perfect as with the aspheric lens successor, but today the color reproduction of the early version is highly prized by many photographers.
The offered Summilux-M 50mm comes from the year 2003 and is one of the relatively rare silver chrome lenses of this type.
It is not known exactly how many lenses of this version have been build in silver chrome, but they are rarely offered. It can be assumed that only between 3,000 and 3,500 lenses were built with a silver chrome lens barrel.
By now, one can still buy excellent Summilux-M 50mm in silver chrome finish for a relatively low price, in the coming years, the price will certainly increase.
Total production: not known for certain, but at most 3.000 up to 3.500 units
Rarity forecast: R7
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