LEITZ Elmar M39 4,0/9cm "HEER"
The Elmar M39 4.0/9cm lens was built from 1931 to 1963 and during this long production period, the lens underwent a series of technical changes.
The offered version was built unchanged from 1933 until the end of the 1940s, is coupled with rangefinder and can also be used on modern Leica M cameras using a bayonet adapter.
During the Second World War, large parts of the optical industry were considered important to the war effort, and products from companies such as Leitz, Carl Zeiss, Robot were manufactured for military use.
Cameras, lenses, and accessories from the period 1939-1945, whether civilian or military, have become very rare nowadays. And the reason for collecting in this special area is on the one hand the fascination for the technical detail solutions with cameras and lenses and on the other hand on the attraction that results from the rarity of these pieces.
Offered is a Elmar 4.0/9cm with black painted lens barrel and chromed distance setting ring that is attributed to the production of the year 1939. The lens barrel is marked with the engraving "Heer", which indicates use in the German army.
According to the Leica Archive, the lens was delivered to Berlin on 10.03.1941 under the delivery number 19996.
The lens corresponds in all technical details to the versions which were used by military and government agencies during the Second World War and still is in unchanged original condition.
Total production: approx. 8.900 unts between 1939-1945, how many pieces had been used by military forces is not known exactly!
Rarity forecast: R8
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