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The year 2004 was quite busy for me indeed. January 30th I got my first Leica, M4P which was love at first sight. I got this silver Leica Wetzlar f=5cm F2.8 lens Nr. 1576080 at the same, second hand of course. Based on serial and this wiki page, the lens was made in 1958. Based on Mr. Ken Rockwell’s page, this lens is from the start part of the series made in 1957-1974: LEICA ELMAR 50mm f2.8. According to Ken Rockwell, some 27000 screw mount lenses of this particular type were made that time.
I can’t say that I have used this lens much, I think. I got it in order to have something to go with my first Leica body, but soon enough I got other lenses as well, and I had plenty of other cameras than that one Leica. Also, I have been more of a landscape photographer, so I always loved the wider view than this kind of normal lens can offer.
Because this is a pretty old lens, it performs somewhat differently than the newer and faster ones do. I guess it is slightly softer and contrasty than the newer ELMAR lenses. However, it is still not too old a lens, for example as it has coatings on it, which one usually considers a good thing. Yes, I would say if I’d be (or been) more on the people portrait photography, I would have used this lens much more.
I am perhaps not the best person to praise this lens, so I let it to others do it better, as there seems to be plenty of people loving this lens. 🙂
But there is one thing I need to warn you about. You NEED TO BE CAREFUL when using this lens. You MUST NOT collapse it to the bottom and trying to push it all the way through your Leica M camera, or you will most likely hurt your camera. This could damage the rangefinder system, and this is a common dilemma with these type of collapsible lenses.
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. With this lens, you have a knob to hold and set the focus, which is really nice to use.
If you have 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 was 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 but not with this lens, sorry for that.
I am no camera selling professional and am not officially qualified to judge the condition of this lens. I have visually checked the lens and I haven’t noted anything in malfunction. The dust in the photos appears to be on top of the lens, I think. If you desire, and I check this properly again and send you more / higher resolution photos per email. Cosmetically, it is as you see from the photos. I have marked it excellent condition, and that is only my personal opinion.
With utmost reluctance I am selling this great and desired lens, buy it now 500 euros, shipping only to be done fully insured, local pickup, testing and reasonable offers 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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