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Leica Summarex 85 1.5

Published August 12th, 2013

I went for a nice long walk today with my Summarex. I hadn't used it for a while, and it was calling out for a bit of attention. Now that I'm back home and having a look at the pictures I took, I feel like talking about it.

As you may know, this is an unusual lens (to say the least) - it was rare and expensive when it was new 60+ years ago, and I suppose even more so now. My Summarex is in really great shape for it's age, looks almost like new :-) and has it's original hood, Leica UV filter and caps. It was a lucky find several months ago.

You can read more about the technical details here: http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-wiki.en/index.php/Summarex_f%3D_8.5_cm_1:1.5

It is suggested that the lens was designed by Dr Max Berek back in the 1930s, but not manufactured until after the war. Even then, it had only a brief commercial life. Mine is a very early one of the batch of 1951.

The lens has some remarkable qualities. Wide open it is (as you would expect) rather soft, and has an extr ...

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