F = 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor

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  • Leica Order No. - HIKOO . LLC - 181
  • Production era - 1954-1963 < 4,400 (one source has 3308) lenses
  • Variants - 11532 scale in meters, 11032 scale in feet; Wetzlar and ELC versions
  • Lens mount - Visoflex
  • Number of lenses /groups - 4 /3
  • F stop range - f/2.5 - f/22
  • Closest focusing distance - 1.2 m /3.94 ft
  • Smallest object field -
  • Diaphragm setting /type - 20-blade
  • Angle of view diagonal - 20 degrees
  • Filter type -
  • Accessories - Hood: HKMOO
  • Materials - Chrome plated brass
  • Dimensions (length x diameter) -
  • Weight - 660 g /1.46 lb
  • Inscription - Hektor f=12.5cm 1/2.5 Nr. 1XXXXXX Ernst Leitz GmbH Wetzlar

Comment

  • History - This lens has a interesting history and came close to never existing as a viso lens. Walther Benser gave lectures on Leica cameras with projection of slides before WWII. He used this lens on his projector. Then he was inducted into the German army, ended up as a photographer and was deep in the Caucasus when the Russians won the battle of Stalingrad. This meant that the Caucasus had to be evacuated by the German army. Walther was almost captured but made it out to Rostov. If captured this lens would never exist because he convinced Ernest Leitz II to make the lens for the Visoflex system. DannyBell
  • On the street - €EU 240 in 2009
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Serial numbers for F = 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor

Serial numbers compiled from known lenses and Puts Pocket Pod.pdf
Note: Westlicht Lot 86/07 has 1223282 out of batch (assigned to Focotar)
* Lens 1224189 is 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW)
SN Start SN End Product Year Total
753001 753100 [12]+12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW) 1949 100
1051001 1052000 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW) 1953 1000
1121001 1121500 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW) 1953 500
1214001 1214500 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELC) 1954 500
1223001 1223200 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELC) 1954 200
1224001* 1224200 *9 cm 1:4 Elmar 1954 [200]
1305001 1305500 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW) 1955 500
1650001 1651000 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW+ELC) 1959 1000
1760001 1760600 12.5 cm 1:2.5 Hektor (ELW+ELC) 1960 600
TOTAL ASSIGNED SERIAL NUMBERS 1949-1960 4,400