Black Chrome M Lenses

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by Mijo, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    I noticed today that on Leica's website that the 50mm Summilux that comes with the Kratviz will be available separately at the end of April. I like the look of this lens a lot but not enough to trade in my 50 lux for what is essentially the same lens (but with a retro appearance in black chrome). http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/M-Lenses/Summilux-M-50mm-f-1.4-ASPH

    As I was looking though the site I noticed that the 35 cron will also have a black chrome version releasing at the end of April. With this version though you get a metal vented round hood instead of the plastic square one. http://us.leica-camera.com/Photography/Leica-M/M-Lenses/Summicron-M-35mm-f-2-ASPH

    If I was in the market for either of these lenses I would prefer the black chrome versions as they would match up better with my MM. Options are always nice, IMO, but I'm left wondering why. There aren't a lot of different black chrome M bodies, so why make this finish available for some lenses?
     
  2. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    Andrew
    I really like these.
     
  3. VINCETAN

    VINCETAN Leica Place Top Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    I wonder if they are planning for a new series of black chrome M type ??? to match the new black chrome lens.
     
  4. AlbertTRAL

    AlbertTRAL Leica Place Regular

    Chrome finish means brass body, this means around +35% more weight and the "correspondent" :) +5% price increase.
     
  5. Mijo

    Mijo Leica Place Veteran

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    Apr 11, 2013
    San Francisco
    Since these black chrome lenses are limited to only 500, I'm guessing that Leica's testing the waters. I'm not a fan of black chrome bodies, I prefer black paint, but I like the idea of the finish of the lens matching the finish of the body.

    I wonder if the round vented hood for the summicron can be reversed. When I had owned the regular version of that lens I purchased a similar leica hood (it fit several different lenses) but it could not be attached backwards (the focusing tab obstructed it). I liked that hood a lot but it was annoying that it could not be reversed, that meant I had to remove the hood but the lens cap on the lens and then put it into my bag. It was easier to just use the plastic square hood that came with the summicron.
     
  6. trisberg

    trisberg Leica Place Rookie

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    Mar 30, 2013
    The M-A is available in black chrome. That would be a nice match to this 50mm Summilux. Maybe not the M type you were thinking of though :) Could there be an M-M coming?

    -Thomas