- Elmar: These tend to be the slowest lenses (though the collapsible 50mm Elmar produced between 1957-1974 was an f/2.8). They have a lot of sharpness and clarity.
- Elmarit: Upping the speed to a standard f/2.8.
- Summarit: Leica started these designs to compete with lower-cost competition from Zeiss and Voigtländer. They don't match the quality of construction or glass of Leica's other lenses.
- Summicron: When people talk about "Leica lenses," this is the line they're usually talking about. Fast at f/2, and with the "Leica feel" established in the glory days of photojournalism in the early to mid 20th Century.
- Summilux: Fast f/1.4 lenses that have stunning quality. And prices to match.
- Noctilux: Feats of engineering. f/1 or faster.
Conveniently, until you get to Noctilux, the alphabetical list correlates to the increase in price!
This particular Summicron was made in Germany in 1970 (the same year Paul McCartney dissolved the Beatles). On the street, it's known as a Type 3, and Leica made this version for a decade. Some were made in Germany, and some in Canada. It has a bias toward more contrast than its predecessors.
|Excellent contrast on bwxx.|
|The Summicron is excellent at resolving fine detail.|