The serial number indicates mine as being a 1956 model. There seems to be some difficulty securing a good copy and as documented previously on this forum, even before you get to the fungus/ haze issue, it seems most of these I saw had some form of scratching on the front element however, I seemed to come across a good copy. Silly me also acquired a sooky close focusing adapter in my excitement to go with the lens, but the lens is an M not LTM mount so that renders the adapter useless (I wonder whether it can be used for a later Elmar/ Summitar purchase?). Anyway, as someone who chooses lenses for the way they render as opposed to anything else, I love it and actually preferenced it over a Summilux type 2.
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)