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https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1450274-REG/7artisans_photoelectric_a505b_55mm_f1_4_lens_for.html anyone get a chance to play around with one of these yet?
I have an old Summarit 50mm f/1.5. I have had quite a struggle getting a lens cap for it. I'd love to have an original Leica cap, but they're either insanely expensive (with no actual guarantee of fit), or just not there. I made a couple of attempts on eBay, but neither cap fit. Anyway, long story short -- I went to a camera shop today with my problem, and the counter guy came up with a brilliant solution -- binocular ocular caps. He found a pair of thick, soft rubber ones that were joined, one side of which fit my Summarit perfectly. When I got home, I simply cut the pair apart and mounted my $3.00 lens cap. If you are in need of a lens cap, and don't mind not having a "real" Leica cap, this is worth looking into.
We've all heard of that college student who bought an M2 for 5$ in a thift shop. I've never got such a deal but I've managed to get Leica equipment for low prices in the past. Such as a very clean M2 that I got in an eBay auction for 600$CAD. The shutter speed had to be adjusted, and the vulcanite had to be replaced. Other than that, it is in excellent condition. I later got an M262, which I also bought on eBay, for about 3500$CAD. The sensor was filled with dust and oil spots, and the focusing mechanism had to be lubricated two days after I recieved it. (Those problems where not specified by the seller) It looked like new back then, but after about six months of use, I've got some paint removed on the corners and a cut in the faux leather. It has been faithfull ever since. Then, yesterday, I looked for a replacement for my 35mm ZM 2.8 on the internet and ended up looking for pre-ASPH summicrons. I then stumbled uppon a 35mm Summicron on keh.com for 1080$USD. No picture of the actual lens was shown and generic pictures of a Type 4 where shown instead. It was listed as "UG" (ugly). Giving this extremely low price and the 180 day warranty offered by keh, I jumped on it. (I'll keep you guys updated on this purchase.) What are the good deals you guys managed to get on Leica equipment?