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    40mm f2.0 Summicron?

    Anyone know much about it? I'm look at an M6 in an estate auction this coming week end with one on it. It looks a little ratty but suspect it nothing Sherry can't clean up. Should I go for this combination? I going to dig out my Puts book to learn more. It looks like a nice addition to my M8 lens set plus gives me an M6 along with the M3 and M4.

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    Re: 40mm f2.0 Summicron?

    Wasn't it for the Leica CL years ago?
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    Re: 40mm f2.0 Summicron?

    A good one is really very good. I used one for years on a CL.
    Some don't focus well on the M camera's (M6 for example) because the cam is different (steeper) than the one on M lenses, but mine did focus perfectly on my M6. Beware of fungus on an older one and carefully look at the rear element under a sharp light. Sometimes the Canada balsam which was used to cement elements starts to degrade. Looks like small bubbles if you use a magnifying glass.
    A good example should be great on an M8 because the weaker corners and edges are cropped out.

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    Re: 40mm f2.0 Summicron?

    Hi,

    i have one on my M8 and after a CLA it focusses perfectly. Quality and drawing is not far away from a 35 summicron IV. And if you modify the lens to bring up the 35mm framelines (but beware: this will cost you money if you want to sell it later ), which fit very well, it is the best bargain of all Leica lenses!

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    Re: 40mm f2.0 Summicron?

    Great lens, have 3 copies of it, same IQ as 35/2 IV, no focussing problems with M3, M4-2, M6J, R-D1, R-D1s. Difficult to find out its specific rubber hood (# 12518) though. Better buy the lens with its hood if you can pick up one in good state. Also 39mm filters don't fit easily because of a specific filter thread. If you have the hood it will take Series 5.5 filters that don't exist as IR-cut's AFAIK. Little trick of mine here: http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-...704-post5.html

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    Re: 40mm f2.0 Summicron?

    It's a very good lens indeed. The only problem is that it is a 40mm lens -- the framelines aren't quite right (unless you modify it to bring up the 35mm framelines). I actually found it a bit too small...the aperture is hard for me to set. That could be from my hood though -- I adapted the hood from the 35/2 ASPH, and while it works perfectly, it intrudes a bit on the aperture ring. The rubber hood is useless. I don't have many examples at hand, but this is one:

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