Lenses

Leitz Stereo Elmar 3,5/3,5cm lens, 1940

Leitz Stereo Elmar 3,5/3,5cm lens, 1940

From 1937 – 1942, Wilhelm Albert designed paired lenses, held in a common focusing mount for stereo-photography. These lenses produced a pair of 18 x 24 mm images within the full 24 x 36 mm frame. A single ring controlled the diaphragm of both lenses.

Leitz Summarex 1.5/8.5cm black paint, 1943

Leitz Summarex 1.5/8.5cm black paint, 1943

The Summarex was the first high speed medium focal length lens for the Leica. It was a complicated, 7-element design in 5 groups with a maximum aperture of f/1.5. Earliest samples of that new lens were prepared in 1941 and still are named “9 cm…

Leitz Noctilux 1.2/50mm, 1968

Leitz Noctilux M 1.2/50mm, 1968

The Leitz 50mm Noctilux f/1.2 lens was the first 35 mm taking lens in the world containing an aspheric element. Leitz Wetzlar optical designers Helmut Frenk and Dr. Paul Sindel were responsible for the optical computation. The lens was introduced in 1966 and was received…

Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951

Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951

Leica-made Leica IIIf cutaway model - shutter cage, top controls and mechanics without the outer shell.Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway” 1951Leica IIIf Red Dial “Cutaway”…

Leitz Summar 2/5cm “TROPEN” tropical lens, 1937

Leitz Summar 2/5cm “TROPEN” tropical lens, 1937

Very special Leitz Summar lens (Leitz product number 42214) designed for tropical conditions, very rare variant of the regular Summar (product number 42134) with an extra element at the front of the lens (optical formula B246a), which makes it a seven element construction, Leitz factory…

Carl Zeiss Planar 0,7/50mm “Stanley Kubrick”, 1966

Carl Zeiss Planar 0,7/50mm “Stanley Kubrick”, 1966

This famous lens is one of the fastest lenses ever made, developed by Carl Zeiss for the “NASA” lunar program, later the famous cinematographer Stanley Kubrick had two of these lenses modified to mount onto his Mitchell BNC camera, and famously used them to film…

Leitz Summitar * 2/5cm M39 thorium-oxide glass lens, 1950

Leitz Summitar * 2/5cm M39 thorium-oxide glass lens, 1950

Very rare Summitar * prototype of the later Summicron with thorium-oxide element in correct mount (diaphragm to ƒ/22), a small series of these lenses were produced for testing purposes in 1950, 3 years before the Summicron came on the market. The introduction of the Summicron…