Nightmare on Old Street: King of Bokeh turns into Humpty Dumpty
Just look at this 35mm Summicron, once the mighty King of Bokeh, now a poor Humpty Dumpty that all the king’s men will have very great trouble putting together again. It’s quite possible it will share Humpty’s inglorious fate in the end.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
Red Dot’s Francis Qureshi demonstrates (above) this unfortunate version IV Summicron which belongs to a customer and had been sent in for an insurance estimate. How to do this to your lens? Apparently it fell off a table (not a wall in this case) onto a hard surface. Expletive deleted.
Problem is, this much sought after version of the 35 ‘Cron will be difficult, if not impossible, to repair and the insurance replacement might well be a new Summicron, definitely not quite so desirable among the cognoscenti.
Fortunately you can find many Leica lenses with glass fully intact at Red Dot Cameras, 68 Old Street, London EC1V 9AN.