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Leica Noctilux 50mm 1.0 | Leica M6

The camera purchase | classic Leica lenses using the example

Long before the concept of sustainability was coined, Leica M cameras and their legendary lenses were lasting values ​​that were passed on from generation to generation.

One advantage of the Leica M system is the " Downward compatibility ”of the Leica M bayonet, ie the basic usability of Leica M lenses from a long tradition also on modern Leica cameras with digital recording sensors. A current digital Leica M10 can therefore be wonderfully combined with a classic Leica lens from 1954.

When assessing the purchase price of classic Leica lenses, properties such as year of manufacture, serial numbers, special items, accessories, design, colors and painting, etc. decisive for the price. A good overall condition up to the "collector's condition" has a clear value-increasing effect. The serial numbers can be used to determine the model, type and age; only a detailed research enables a serious price assessment.

Leica M Summicron 35mm 2.0 “King of Bokeh”

Basically, Leica lenses have always met the highest quality standards at the level of the respective development stage. Of course, the sharpness and contrast of classic lenses cannot be compared with the significantly improved imaging performance of modern, current Leica lenses. But many M lenses allow shots with a special, unmistakable character that still distinguishes these models today and makes them sought-after specimens on the second-hand market.

One of these popular lens classics is, for example, the Leica M Summicron 35mm 2.0 “King of Bokeh ” with its special implementation of the blur area.

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Leica M Summicron 35mm 2.0 “King of Bokeh” - 11310

Rare Leica Noctilux 1.2 Aspherical

Among the classic Leica M lenses, the Leica Noctilux 50mm 1.2 shown below is certainly one of the particularly rare and sought-after pieces. In the range of Leica lenses that has grown over the decades, there are always such outstanding "rarities" with only small quantities, pre-series and prototypes, special serial numbers, colors and varnishes, special editions. Or lenses with a special imaging behavior that is typical for the respective lens.

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× Saubere Linsengläser

Frei von Trübungen (Nebel), Glaspilz? Frei von Kratzern und Putzspuren?

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Frei von sichtbarem Öl auf den Blendenlamellen, guter Allgemeinzustand (rostfrei)?

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× Seriennummer

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× Saubere Linsengläser

Frei von Trübungen (Nebel), Glaspilz? Frei von Kratzern und Putzspuren?

× Blende

Frei von sichtbarem Öl auf den Blendenlamellen, guter Allgemeinzustand (rostfrei)?

× Seriennummer

Anhand der Seriennummer lassen sich Modell, Art und Alter ermitteln

Leica Noctilux 50mm 1.2 Aspherical - 11820

Leica Summicron 35mm 2.0 - Made in Wetzlar, Germany - SAWOM 11308

Leica Summicron 35mm 2.0 - Made in Wetzlar, Germany - SAWOM 11308 in age-appropriate good condition with traces of normal, careful handling and use and storage over the long years.

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× Seltene Exemplare ...

... erreichen im "Sammlerzustand" besonders hohe Werte.

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× Zustand

Besonders wertvoll in perfektem äußerlichen Zustand und technisch einwandfrei.

× Seltene Exemplare ...

... erreichen im "Sammlerzustand" besonders hohe Werte.

× Zustand

Besonders wertvoll in perfektem äußerlichen Zustand und technisch einwandfrei.

Leica Summicron 35mm 2.0 - Made in Wetzlar, Germany - SAWOM - 11308
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Im Rahmen der 6-Bit-Nachrüstung erhielten die Objektive ein neues Bajonett.

× 6-Bit-Nachrüstung

Manche ältere Leica Objektive erhielten nachträglich eine 6-Bit-Codierung.

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Im Rahmen der 6-Bit-Nachrüstung erhielten die Objektive ein neues Bajonett.

Leica M Noctilux 50mm 1.0 E60 – 4th – 11822

Basic information on buying Leica lenses

Leica lenses - especially for the Leica M - always have a value.

From a" certain "age, photo equipment always has technical defects or at least abnormalities. After decades of use and storage, this is normal and to be expected according to age.

Typical abnormalities:
  • The lenses of lenses are cemented together. The adhesive decomposes over the years and forms a clouding (fog) in the interstices of some lenses, usually consisting of many hundreds of milky, cloudy, white tiny dots, distributed over large parts of the glass surfaces inside the lens. Above all, unfavorable storage in high humidity or with strongly changing temperatures, e.g. under the roof on a stage, accelerate the decomposition process.
  • With older lenses, the focus can be "tight" or too easy. While in the first case the lubrication has hardened, in the second case the lubrication has "evaporated over time. By cleaning and lubricating the focus worm (worm gear), the focusing can be made smoothly workable again.
  • The same applies to the Aperture ring, here too a lack of lubrication can impair the aperture setting. Oil on the aperture blades is another observation with older lenses.
  • Storing in traditional leather cases is often the cause of problems, the leather attracts moisture due to the material and forms an unfavorable "microclimate". Condensation in the lens system and even glass fungus are consequently frequent storage damage to lenses.

The good news:
Leica lenses can be technically overhauled and repaired, there are suitable workshops and spare parts The technical overhaul will make the Leica and its lenses more valuable, but the effort is high and is worthwhile, especially with visually beautiful specimens, in order to achieve top technical condition again. The external, optical condition is clearly decisive for the price - when buying or selling - it forms the basis for the decision-making process for technical revisions and repairs. Lens glasses, on the other hand, must always be flawless, as far as possible without traces of cleaning and scratches, without coating, clouding or glass fungus. Because the lenses are neither repairable nor available as spare parts.

Leica lenses in the "collector's condition" therefore bring a multiple when bought compared to a heavily used lens.

Because it is difficult to get a precise overview from a distance, especially of the technical condition , a certain "risk discount for normally expected revision requirements and repairs" is already taken into account in the offer of our purchase prices. Therefore, the stated purchase price can vary upwards after a technical check.

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