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Thread: Summicron LHSA without LHSA engraving?

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    Summicron LHSA without LHSA engraving?

    Hello all,

    Just purchased this lens, but to my surprise this has the styling of the LHSA edition Summicron ASPH but does not bear the LHSA logo where it's expected above the Made in Germany engraving at the bottom of the lens... Take a look:





    Was there ever a production run of these lenses where it was not associated with LHSA? This is what I am familiar with...

    Black-filled engraving:

    (Source: Leica MP 0.72x (10301/10304) LHSA 1968~2003 Special Edition Grey hammertone finish rangefinder camera model - Part III)

    Clear engraving (no filling):

    (Source: Setadel Studios : Photography Equipment : Lenses : Leica 35mm Summicron-M F2 LHSA Hammertone Asph Lens +Bx)

    Would love to hear your thoughts... Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Summicron LHSA without LHSA engraving?

    Hi,

    perhaps the lens is not the LHSA version but the the japanese issued "Anthracite" version...?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ngminchai/6874649498/

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    Re: Summicron LHSA without LHSA engraving?

    Ah you're right! Even the serial number range matches with this:

    A Visual Profile on Leica MP 0.72x 10316 Gray Anthracite Kit in JAPANESE configuration - MIR Image Library

    Thanks for the insight! Didn't realize there was another special edition with the same styling on the Summicron!

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    Re: Summicron LHSA without LHSA engraving?

    Also interesting is that the LHSA kit had a production of 1000, whereas the Anthracite stopped at 600, and some sources put the kit count at only 400 (with the remaining 200 as body+vit only)... So technically I guess this Summicron is rarer than the LHSA, although how the market values it might be different.

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