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Yes, hmm. According to my books, I got also this lens with my my first Leica, M4P on January 30th, 2004. Yes, well what would I do with the body with good glasses, keep it in my closet, eh? No, I am not a true leicaphilea or a collector, I am / have been a Leica user.
Based on Ken Rockwell, the lens was made between 1992 – 2004. Only 11868 lenses in black were made, and that’s why I put the word rare in the title, because that is how I see this. The lens was made in Wetzlar Germany and the serial is 3445471. Based on this wiki information, it was built 1987 with 999 other friends tagged at “Summilux-M f= 5 cm 1:1.4 (black-UFR)”.
What should I say about this lens? That it is absolutely great and never failed me? But I see you are doubting my words (why?), so I better quote Mr. Ken Rockwell: “This was the world’s highest performance 50mm f/1.4 lens for 43 years. Its performance is exceeded only by the newer LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, introduced in 2004, and still exceeds the performance of Nikon and Canon 50mm f/1.4 lenses. Not bad for a lens designed in 1960!” Should I remind you that this particular lens is of the last series of these lenses, made before the ASPH lenses. What else do you need to know? A couple of reviews like this or that?
I can say that I have used this lens, period. It has only one fault, which is not fault of the lens but one of mine. It is 50 mm, normal view lens. If I would have to use only lens, I would not take a 50 mm, I would take a bit wider, like the Leica Canada M 35mm F2 black SUMMICRON-M F2 Type 4 King of Bokeh.
This Summilux is my fastest lens ever, and I never needed faster. If I would, the lens (the speed of it) would not have made any difference. There would have been something else wrong in the “picture”, and I would not have taken the shot, or taken it anyways, regardless of the “don’t-tell-me-this-is-too-slow-a-lens” concoction set up by my subconscious.
Oh yes, there is another fault (t)here. Again, in me, not in the lens. This lens is a for M mount Leica rangefinder camera that means you need to focus manually the image using your eyes, matching the small images into parallel in the camera’s viewfinder. If you have a bad vision and you want to use this lens for taking good shots, you should not buy this camera part. If you love cameras, have money and are a collector, then perhaps. 😉 If I would be a camera collector, I would never sell this lens, but as I am not and have now certifiably bad vision, so here you go and I cry. 🙁
I tested my Leica M4P on February 2016 with this lens also. I found no problem with either of them. I used a single roll of expired Kodak Ektachrome E100GX 135 that run before this camera in two other cameras, and still the film and camera run like a charm. The only problem was with my vision, and that is the only reason I’m selling these fine pieces of equipment.
I am no camera selling professional and am not officially qualified to judge the condition of this lens. I have checked the lens and I haven’t noted anything in malfunction. If you desire, and I can send you more / higher resolution photos per email. Cosmetically it is as you see from the photos. I have marked it excellent condition, and this is my personal opinion.
With utmost reluctance I am selling this great and desired lens, starting 1 euro, with reserve and buy it now 1700 euros, shipping only to be done fully insured, local pickup and testing welcome.
Remember if you buy outside EU and you are in EU, you need to pay customs tax (typically ca. 5 %) and VAT (typically around 20 – 25 %) which are added on top of shipping and insurance costs. To my understanding, these costs are calculated and due regardless of the age and condition of the item! There are calculators on-line for this, like from Pitney Bowes.
Yes, of course I will combine shipping for reduced shipping costs. I urge you to my buy more from me and will be flexible with it. Please note the somewhat expensive shipping costs from Finland, especially if insurance is needed. If the value of order gets to a higher level, I insist on taken an insurance for the shipping.
If you have more questions, please contact me directly.
Klaus Riederer, PhD, MSc
KAR Oy Ab GmbH Ltd S. A. R. L., CEO www.kar.fi
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