The black might be collectible, but I'll take my chrome beauty any day.
Me too CF
more Summarex tests.
•1 The dog, f 1,5
•2 Autumn flower, f 4
•3 Granny & daughter, (some flare of a lightsource because I didn't have my hood yet) f 1,5
•4 Daughter, iso 1250 f 1,5
wish I had bought this lens sooner.
Enjoy living, live to enjoy
Just got my mint looking 85 back today from John Shelton at FocalPointLens.com. He does all the lens work for Sean Craynor at Camera West. There was a small imperfection in the coating of one of the doublets. He had that repolished and recoated. He then lapped in the 60year old focus helicoid to make it smooth as butter. Cost me $550 and worth every penny. Nice smooth focusing and no flare from the work on the doublet. As John told me "they just don't make them like this anymore. I agree.
Best to all with your old but new Leica stuff
Can you post a picture of the "new" old lens?
Wiil do later today
O.K. Guys and Girls
Here is a 1958 Summarex..........Wow! Love the look and feel of this beauty. As John Shelton said........"They just don't make them like this anymore" I am sure the same would be said for Jack's 73 Hector et al.
And Just a couple more
Hope everyone enjoyed this. A beautiful lens in immaculate condition
What a beautiful thing (I want it)
Great photos too
all those aperture blades as well.
The hunt starts here!
Nice to see that your M8 actually looks like it's been used as well!
Just this guy you know
WOODY: Truly a beauty...but very HEAVY
Charles let me try his this past July when we had the GETDPI meet up
I had know idea re: minimum focus distance of 6ft
so I was NOT spot on
but I do love the oof
here is a shot in my brief encounter at Lunch
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Sorry for my procrastination. No excuses!
The lens was with John for about six weeks. The reason for the longish time was that one of the elements needed to be re-lapped and then re-coated. This took the longest time to accomplish. The lapping of the brass focus helicoid was done directly by John and he did it in jig time. The lens now focuses with the best of them.
I have recently recovered my 75 Lux and plan to take identical images from it and the Summarex to compare the results. Initial testing looks like the Summarex has a lot of the classic Leica "glow" and the Lux has a different color rendition (read better!). I will post both black and white and color images so you can judge for yourself! I must say that I am falling in love with the drawing of the older lenses (which means I apparently like spherical abberations LOL). I probably should have known since I love the drawing of the Summarits!
If anyone wants to view particular types of images with the Summarex and the Lux please let me know and I will try to accomodate.
Love those terriers....my Bonnie is 2 years old now. She's a real terrier(ist), full of spunk and attitude.
Oh yes....beautiful looking Leica lens too!
Eagle River, Alaska
Thanks Woody. The signature is very apparent, like the Summar. Hmmm, I never considered the Summarex nor the Thambar until now. But seeing the posts here, I may have to seriously reconsider getting one. Two were offered on eBay complete with hood and in Mint- condition but there were no takers.
Hello Gary Benson,
it is indeed a Norwich Terrier, called Bill (short for Billy) and is 6 years old,
shot with a 56 year old lens.
Enjoy living, live to enjoy
Having recently acquired a 75 Lux (1.4) I'd be very curious to compare the two lenses, as a previous poster suggested, mostly in the 1.4/1.5 - 2.8 range.
Someone earlier in the thread mentioned they wanted to see something from a 73mm Hektor, below are a couple shots. I also have a Summarex, the Hektor is lower contrast to my eye.
I agree with your early conclusions. The Hektor (as displayed by Jack Flesher as well) is a really nice lens, lower conrast etc. The Summarex had more micro contrast and (perhaps) lower overall contrast as well.
Personally i love the look of the Summarex with the additional micro contrast and hopefully all will see the differences.
Whatever, all of these lenses are very special, as is the Konica Hexanon 50 1.2 which has a very special signture in my HMO. The OOF areas are better than many if not most of the very fast lenses. It is very subjective so your choice.
Well said. Truth be told I haven't spent enough time shooting with my Summarex so I have only a limited experience to draw from. One thing I did notice was it was one of my more difficult lenses to focus.
Both are great, the Summarex is a "supermodel" in appearance as well. What an elegant design.
(if this makes any sense)
I have a feeling that the 75 summilux has very good control of flair and the summarex not. (for better or worst)
The thing is that I am starting to like all the flaws of the older lenses.
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