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    SOLD- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Hi all,
    I am testing the waters on selling this lovely lens that I picked up from Adorama Camera last fall and haven't used that much, thanks to my new 35 lux FLE.

    Up for sale is my titanium paint 35 mm f/1.4 Summilux pre-asph. To my understanding, this is one of the last batches made of this lens, furthermore, the titanium lens typically came in a kit with a titanium M6. These lenses were manufactured in Germany. My copy is in excellent condition. The only issues that I see are some minimal paint chipping in the inner barrel where one would mount a series 7 filter, and some minimal paint loss in some of the distance scale. Glass is perfect.

    I am selling this lens with original box as well. I purchased this lens from Adorama for $3,200 and would like to re-claim my investment. Prices on these lenses, as well as all Leica glass, has gone up, and this lens, due to its low production cycle, is collectible, though I purchased it to use it (and have too many 35's).


    Pics to come later, when I get home, unless someone is interested before then. This is a high performing (particularly when stepped down) small f/1.4 lens, known for its unique "glow" wide open (spherical aberration, really) and is a favorite among many talented photogs here....I thought I'd use it, but it's been crowded out by too many other lenses



    Thus Sales Price (minus shipping) : $3200
    Shipping: typically USPS express or UPS shipping, $50
    Total price: $3250


    I would only sell within the continental U.S (CONUS only). I accept cashiers/bank checks, or personal checks (would have to clear into my account before I sent it). No Paypal accepted, sorry... I prefer prospective buyers with a buy-sell feedback history, so if you can point me towards some feedback, that'd be great.
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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    By the way, in case you are wondering, here's a link to pics of the lens (not my copy, but so you know approximately what you'd get (1s and 2nd pic on the page; paint loss around the lens front element is similar on my copy, though a bit less so on mine, I believe); no hood included however, as they are hard to find...

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...mmf14_Ver1.jpg

    By the way, I plan to stay firm on price, as I am really in no hurry to sell,....
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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Great lens and less than half the price of a 35 lux FLE.
    Great seller too. Should sell fast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradhusick View Post
    Great lens and less than half the price of a 35 lux FLE.
    Great seller too. Should sell fast!
    is this a price police in the opposite way? LOL...

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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    So we have no rules for price boosters?

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    Supposedly the 35 Lux preASPH Titanium is sharper wide open than the non-titanium preASPH versions....any truth to that? Not ASPH sharper, but not as much softness and 'glow' as the typical preASPH

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    [QUOTE=rsolti13;324204]Supposedly the 35 Lux preASPH Titanium is sharper wide open than the non-titanium preASPH versions....any truth to that? Not ASPH sharper, but not as much softness and 'glow' as the typical preASPH[/QUOTET

    They're identical. The titanium one, being newer has better coating, though
    Leica MP, Leica M9P, Summilux 35/1.4 FLE, Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/feier/ My 500px

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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Quote Originally Posted by fourelements99 View Post
    So we have no rules for price boosters?
    I am NOT being a price booster here. What I state is correct. This 35 lux is a limited edition titanium build with limited production run (some say 500 units, who knows for sure is Leica), late production run, with newer coatings, otherwise identical in terms of lens elements to prior copies. I have priced this lens accordingly. Please refrain from making these states of price boosting when they are incorrect!!!! If any of you know or review my pricing history for sold gear, you will see that I have offerred lenses at a reasonable, slightly below market price to encourage fast sales (see my x100 sale for a recent example). In this case, I am hoping to reclaim my intial investment in this lens.

    Typically, if you go to KEH, excellent copies of this very lens in black (non-special edition, early versions) currrently retail for $2,300-2,400, but they are not a special edition such as this...whose rarity bumps up its price

    If you disagree with my statements, please PM me to discuss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsolti13 View Post
    Supposedly the 35 Lux preASPH Titanium is sharper wide open than the non-titanium preASPH versions....any truth to that? Not ASPH sharper, but not as much softness and 'glow' as the typical preASPH
    Hi Ryan, in my experience, this lens performs comparably to prior late versions of the lens that weren't special editions, though it does have different coatings that were modernized. The lens was produced in the neighborhood of 1995-1996, but the design of this lens dates back to 20-30 years prior, and Leica didn't update the elements during its production cycle, just its coatings.
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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    I'm not endorsing anyone, but when I saw this lens for sale, I thought, "This would go perfectly with this!"

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showth...9&highlight=m6
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    I am NOT being a price booster here. What I state is correct. This 35 lux is a limited edition titanium build with limited production run (some say 500 units, who knows for sure is Leica), late production run, with newer coatings, otherwise identical in terms of lens elements to prior copies. I have priced this lens accordingly. Please refrain from making these states of price boosting when they are incorrect!!!! If any of you know or review my pricing history for sold gear, you will see that I have offerred lenses at a reasonable, slightly below market price to encourage fast sales (see my x100 sale for a recent example). In this case, I am hoping to reclaim my intial investment in this lens.

    Typically, if you go to KEH, excellent copies of this very lens in black (non-special edition, early versions) currrently retail for $2,300-2,400, but they are not a special edition such as this...whose rarity bumps up its price

    If you disagree with my statements, please PM me to discuss.
    I was not referring you, ashwinrao1. Good luck with your sale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYGTAFOTO View Post
    I'm not endorsing anyone, but when I saw this lens for sale, I thought, "This would go perfectly with this!"

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showth...9&highlight=m6
    You mean this?



    Now, the question is whether Ashwin wants to buy my M6 or do I want to buy his 35mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunghang View Post
    You mean this?

    Now, the question is whether Ashwin wants to buy my M6 or do I want to buy his 35mm?
    LOL! Beautiful camera....definitely tempting to pair those 2 up
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    I have one of these and it's a beautiful lens with beautiful rendition. A 12526 hood fits it and you can fit a 40.5mm filter in it with a little DYI.

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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Okay, here are some pics of the lens. I tried to highlight the cosmetic defects, paint loss, and it looks supreme in person:











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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Hello Ashwin:

    Will take a partial trade? I am selling a shooter M3 single stroke with serial# 1095775 that is good condition but not MINT. The 35mm lens with it is Summicron 35mm with Google Eyes, Box Serial# 2134600 MINT-?

    Pls let me know

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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Hi Kebebe,
    I saw the thread and camera/lens to which you refer. Looks like a nice set, but I am trying to raise some funds, pay a few bills, etc..thanks for your interest, but I am looking for a sale over a trade.

    FYI,
    Here are items that I'd consider as part of a trade:

    75 summilux f/1.4, so if any of you out there are considering a 35/75 switcheroo, that is an option that I would be interested in.
    Either a boxed Mint chrome or boxed mint black paint Leica MP....

    Otherwise, I am looking only to sell this lens. Sale price remains at $3250 shipped.
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    I understand. I do have a MINT 75 summilux f1.4 with Box but I love the lens so I am keeping it. Good luck on your sale and I need some luck on mine!

    Kebebe

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    Glad to see I wasn't the only one to think of pairing up the two Ti bits (M6/35). LOL.

    And I'm a complete sucker for Ti stuff... I'm going to look away now.

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    Oh, Kebebe, if you change your mind on the 75 lux, let em know...best of luck with your own sale

    To Double Neg, the Ti stuff is awesome when paired. Don't look away Lol
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    Glad to see lots of views and interest. I know someone out there will love this beauty. Sat AM bump....
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    I love to buy your lens to add to my Titanium M6 classic MINT with a 50mm summilux also MINT in titanium.

    If I could only sell my M3 and 35mm google eyes, I could come up with the difference to buy yours.

    The Bokeh on your lens is fantastic. I bought a 35mm chrome summicron ver IV froma fellow member in MINT cond and he had a titamium lens like yours. I put in on my M9 and took some quick shots compare to the Vr. IV the glow was unbelievable.

    He would not sell his beloved lens and I have been trying to find a nice copy ever since. I just spend too much recently or I already send $$$$

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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Wow, Kebebe, that would be a great collection. I really hope that you can sell your kit, and then buy this. The glow is really special on this lens, and hokey is unique, one of a kind, like a 35 mm version of the Noctilux F/1.... Plus size is tiny. If I didn't have 3 other 35 mm lenses, I would nevervsell this, but it needs a new home where it will be appreciated. Best of luck again with your sale! I hope it goes through so you can get this lens...
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    Hello ashwin,

    Will send you a pm later about how I can buy your lens.

    Kebebe

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    Thanks Kebebe... I received and responded to your email

    As of this moment, the lens is still available, though there are a couple interested parties. Will keep everyone posted. First one to confirm will get it...

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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    By the way, here are a few shots taken with the lens from a recent visit to NYC. Taken with the M9...

    f/1.4-f/2












    Here's one from the lens stopped down to f/5.6 or so...(large pic...lots of detail in this capture...
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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    Just received an email from Kebebe. Here are some images from the lens....

    Potential sale in process, will update upon receipt of payment....
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    Ashwin, just mailed the check to you today and you should get it in couple days. Let me know when it clear the bank.


    Thanks,
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    Re: FS- Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 pre asph - Titanium (German build)

    SOLD TO Everett, Kebebe. He's a great buyer!
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    thanks to you Ashwin. very nice condition, better than he described. Glass is MINT. Will never sell!


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