Summicron-M 2,0/35mm M3 "8 element version"
The first Summicron-M 2.0/35mm was produced from 1958 to 1964 both with screw mount as well as with Leica M bayonet mount. The optical design was identical in both types and the version with M bayonet was produced even until mid 1969, before it was replaced by a subsequent version with a simplyfied optical design.
The special version for use on the Leica M3, with permanently attached viewfinder on the lens, was even listed in the Leitz sales lists until 1974.
The Summicron-M 2.0/35mm was the first wide open wide-angle lens for Leica's rangefinder cameras to significantly expand the range of early, not very sensitive color films of the 1950s. The color quality obtained with this recording material, or generally image quality, when using the Summicron-M 2.0/35mm was absolutely equivalent to the reference lens of that time, the Summicron-M 2.0/50mm. Therefore, reportage photographers and photojounalists extended to the 35mm wide-angle lens.
What exactly was the fact that the first Summicron-M 2.0/35mm brought its legendary reputation can hardly be said with certainty today.
Of course, the relatively small number of only about 577 lenses of this type with screw mount and their popularity with collectors contributes to this. But also the "normal" design with M bayonet mount enjoys high attention from collectors and users alike.
Offered is a Summicron-M 2.0/35mm M3 from the year 1959 in unchanged original condition. Technically and cosmetically the conditon is very good to mint.
Unusual is the original packaging. This is for a Summaron 35mm but fits historically to the year of manufacture of the lens.
Total production: approx. 9.557 units (until 1968)
Rarity forecast: R7
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