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Leica Summicron 2/50 Rigid Chrome

Leica manufactured the Type 2 Summicron in two versions - the regular one as well as closed focus version (or dual range), which had an identical optical formula.

However, my impression is, that the later rigid Summicron (post ~1960) have better coatings. They have slightly improved contrast especially wide open.

All pictures taken with Leica M3 and MP with Leica Summicron 2/50 rigid. Black and White film developed in Xtol. Scanned by meinfilmlab on Fuji Frontier.

Kodak Ektar 100 @200
Kodak Ektar 100 @200

I had my version, 1965, CLA´d in Wetzlar. After the lens returned, it produced razor sharp images with high resolution. At 5.6 it been almost to sharp on film, but beautiful on Leica M9s CCD Sensor. You find some more images here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy shooting.

Kodak Ektar 100 @200
Kodak Ektar 100 @200
Kodak Ektar 100 @200
Leica M-D
Portra 160
Fujifilm C200
Kodak Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100
Fujifilm C200
Kodak Ektar 100 @200
Kodak TriX 400
Kodak TriX 400
Ilford FP4
CHM 100
CHM 100
Fujifilm C200
Kodak Ektar 100
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    This is a six element version (3) with 10 blades, produced 1971 - 1979. Still with the same number of glass elements than Version 2, brought some improvement in overall contrast.

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