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    Price reduction, Leica (LTM) 73mm Hektor

    With a headline like that, what could it be?



    The short story is I found another 73mm f1.9 Hektor gathering dust on a shelf in a camera shop. Since it appeared a bit cleaner externally than mine, I decided to buy it. It cleaned up fairly well and works as well as the first, and I don't need two of them! So I decided to offer my original copy to this group in case somebody is interested, before heading off to eBay.

    Peruse the Leica M8 forum and you will find a few threads with images from this lens. Note it takes some extra effort to understand the nuances of this lens as each aperture setting renders a slightly different look, from almost unusably soft wide open to nearly as sharp as new lenses stopped down a bit. Below is a reference shot I took with this lens to show it's wide open character.

    Included is the lens only. Note this is a 1932 vintage lens and shows years of use, though no abuse. The outer barrel shows lots of use and brassing; glass is uncoated and shows some slight, wispy cleaning marks if a light is shined through from the rear; as is normal with 1930's vintage lenses, there are a few air-bubbles in some of the glass elements; focus is relatively smooth; aperture operates smoothly and the blades are free of oil; there is no internal fungus or haze. Note that this is a LTM lens and needs an LTM to M adapter to use on an M camera. Oh, and this lens is also fairly small, being only about the size of a current 75 Summarit.

    Asking $800 PayPal'd and shipped inside the US.

    This 73 Hektor wide open on my M8:



    And a 100% crop, (again wide open so this is the softest it is):

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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    man that has to be nice it is way older than I am. LOL
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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    Wow,
    a brass lensbaby with a focusing scale!
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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    Ouch!

    A lensbaby isn't even in the same universe optically, let alone league...
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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Wow,
    a brass lensbaby with a focusing scale!
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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    Actually,
    MUCH better then a lens baby when stopped down just a tad.
    Really a lovely lens.
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    Last edited by Bob; 6th October 2008 at 16:06.

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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    "Lens baby" is crap worth. The biggest scam in photo gear ever.

    The Hektor is magic.

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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    Here are some images of the lens as requested -- as I indicated above, not too pretty on the outside. Price reduced to $800 before eBay:

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    Re: FS: Mount some Magic on your Leica!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    The Hektor is magic.
    thanks Vivek! Yes, this particular Hektor is magic!
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    Re: Price reduction, Leica (LTM) 73mm Hektor

    Jack

    Is there an opticlal viewfinder readily available to adapt this to an Epson RD1? Maybe a 105mm? How tough might it be to focus on the same?

    Cheers,

    Irenaeus

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    Re: Price reduction, Leica (LTM) 73mm Hektor

    Hi Irenaeus!

    I honestly have no idea how it will work on an RD1, but I would think just fine. You can find 105 equivalent finders for some older Canon and Nikon screwmount lenses as well as a Leica version. However IIRC, the Leica version was made specifically for a "Mountain Elmar" and may be priced as a collectible. I think there is also an older Leica zoom multi finder that covers from 35-135. There are also some Russian finders that may cover and they should be inexpensive.

    Here's an example of the Leica zoom finder: http://cgi.ebay.com/Leica-VIOOH-Wetz...14#ht_4019wt_0
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