FAIR / This is a USED Lens. There are definite signs of age and use. Some debris haze inside the lens, overall ok condition. Selling AS-IS
This LEICA ELMAR 50mm f/3.5 is the lens that started 35mm photography. Even uncoated, it gives sharp, colorful, contrasty images. It weighs only half as much as a SUMMICRON, and far better than any SUMMILUX, has no distortion or finder blockage.
Better than any current 50mm lens, it collapses almost completely into the camera and pokes out less than 10mm (0.37mm). The LEICA ELMAR 50mm f/3.5 first shipped as a screw-mount lens from 1930-1959. Leitz first made the world's first interchangeable-lens 35mm camera in 1930, and this was the first interchangeable lens provided with it.
From 1930-1932 lenses were shipped to match only one body.
In 1932 the lens mounts were standardized so that all lenses were interchangeable among all LEICAs. Standardized lenses are marked with a small "o" engraved on the rotating barrel near the focus lever.