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The lens mount of the Leica M 35mm rangefinder camera was introduced in 1954 with the Leica M3, together with a range of lenses. It has been on all the Leica M series up to the current Leica M7 and M9.

This lens mount has also been used by Minolta on the Minolta CLE rangefinder camera, by Konica on the Hexar RF, by Voigtländer (Cosina) on the late models of the Bessa range, by Rollei on the Rollei 35RF (practically a Bessa under Rollei's name), and very recently by Zeiss Ikon on the latest Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera.

Leitz/Leica lenses Edit

With the Leica M:

  • 21mm f:3.4 Super Angulon (Schneider)
  • 21mm f:4 Super Angulon (Schneider)
  • 24mm f:2.8 Elmarit
  • 28mm f:2.8 Elmarit
  • 35mm f:1.4 Summilux
  • 35mm f:2 Summicron
  • 35mm f:2.5 Summarit
  • 35mm f:2.8 Summaron (with eyes)
  • 50mm f:0.95 Noctilux, 1.0, 1.2
  • 50mm f:1.4 Summilux
  • 50mm f:2 Summicron
  • 50mm f:2.5 Summarit
  • 50mm f:2.8 Elmar
  • 90mm f:2 Summicron
  • 90mm f:2.8 Elmarit
  • 90mm f:4 Elmar
  • 135mm f:2.8 Elmarit (with eyes)
  • 135mm f:4 Elmar
  • 135mm f:3.4 APO-Telyt
  • 135mm f:4.5 Hektor

With the Leica CL:

  • 40mm f:2 Summicron-C
  • 90mm f:4 Elmar-C
  • 40mm f:2.8 Elmarit-C

Elcan lenses Edit

Ernst Leitz Canada made special military lenses under the ELCAN name:

  • Elcan 50mm f/2, for the Leica KE-7a
  • Elcan 66mm f/2
  • Elcan 90mm f/1, apparently without helical, focused by extension rings

See this informative post at a Leica forum.

FED lenses Edit

Prototype lenses only:

  • MC Helios-113 40/1.8
  • MC Kaleinar-5 100/2.8

See this post at

Konica lenses Edit

With the Hexar RF:

  • 21mm/35mm f/3.4 / f/4
  • 28mm f/2.8
  • 35mm f/2
  • 50mm f/2
  • 50mm f/1.2
  • 90mm f/2.8

Minolta lenses Edit

With the Leica CL:

  • 40mm f:2 M-Rokkor
  • 90mm f:4 M-Rokkor

With the Minolta CLE:

  • 28mm f:2.8 M-Rokkor
  • 40mm f:2 M-Rokkor (new version)
  • 90mm f:4 M-Rokkor (new version)
  • 12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar
  • 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar
  • 21mm f/4.0 Color Skopar Pancake
  • 25mm f/4.0 Color Skopar Pancake
  • 28mm f/2.0 Ultron
  • 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical Nokton, the fastest 35mm lens for 35mm
  • 35mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic
  • 35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar P type II
  • 40mm f/1.4 Nokton, the fastest ever production 40mm lens for 35mm full-frame cameras[1]
  • 50mm f/1.1 Nokton
  • 50mm f/2.0 collapsible Heliar
  • 75mm f/1.8 Heliar
  • 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar
  • 90mm f/3.5 Apo Lanthar

Other Cosina Voigtländer lenses include screwmount that fit the later Bessa bodies with an adapter.

Rollei lenses Edit

With the Cosina made Rollei 35RF:

  • 40mm f/2.8 Sonnar
  • 80mm f/2.8 Planar

Rollei also announced at one point that they were going to release a 28mm lens and a 50mm lens, but lost interest in the 35RF (really a Cosina Bessa R2) system.

The lens barrels and mechanical workings were manufactured by Cosina and Rollei supplied the elements. It is not known if final assembly was in Germany by Rollei or in Japan by Cosina.

Carl Zeiss lenses Edit

With the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder:

  • 15/2.8 Distagon
  • 18/4 Distagon
  • 21/4.5 C Biogon
  • 21/2.8 Biogon
  • 25/2.8 Biogon
  • 28/2.8 Biogon
  • 35/2 Biogon
  • 50/2 Planar
  • 50/1.5 C Sonnar
  • 85/2 Sonnar

Notes Edit

  1. Cameraquest article about the 40/1.4.

Links Edit

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